A few weeks ago, Guenther Panenka of www.patchworkshop.de sent me a sample of a plastic frame he had developed which will fit in the Print Gocco machine to enable its use with unframed thermofax mesh. He also sent me a few different carbon pencils. So yesterday, I decided to give them a go! I had a play with the pencils, shown below:
This is my original image:
I decided to stick with my reeds imagery. The lighter, thicker marks were made with a Koh-i-noor Gioconda charcoal pencil and the thinner darker lines with a Phano china marker no 77 black. I flashed it on to some unframed mesh and attached it to Guenther’s frame:
This is the frame – you’ll see that it is the same shape as the Riso hi-mesh screens so it fits in the machine well. It is thin and flexible and went into the slots easily.
When attaching the screen, it is best to have a hi-mesh screen alongside to make sure you attach it the same way round! I didn’t do this the first time so had a bit of reattaching to do!
I placed double sided tape all round the edges of the plastic frame and then stuck the mesh to it. I then stuck sellotape along the two long sides and a small amount on the straight bits of the short sides. For the plastic sheet which encloses the ink, I cut a rectangle off a cellophane bag and stuck it on to the relevant edge with double sided tape. All this worked perfectly while I was printing.
I inked it up and put it into the machine:
Here are some of the results:
I think this last one was just after I had reinked it…
I plan to overprint these with various images, but you can see the amount of detail compared with the original image. I was using 70 mesh thermofax screen – you can get 100 which is finer, but i don’t have any. Sometime I will give it a go with a more detailed image to see how the 70 mesh holds up.
I also overprinted a few other prints:
And I printed a few reeds two or even three times on top of each other:
I could see these working well as a background.
And overprinted some decorated papers…
One thing to remember is to use ink blocking to keep the ink within the frame – this is a good idea always because it keeps the ink inside the printing area and saves ink, but especially with the plastic frames which are non absorbent – you don’t want ink in the slots of your Print Gocco!
If you want to order the plastic screens, go to www.patchworkshop.de and click on the top dropdown box in the left sidebar. Scroll down nearly to the bottom and you will see it says Print Gocco. Click ‘go’ and it will take you there. The site is in German but if you click the contact box you can email Guenther in English.
Guenther has also got a webpage with lots of hints for using his thermofax machines, a lot of which is relevant to Print Gocco users. And he says that “the new Gocco-successor called A5 internally is (slowly but surely) developing”.