If you’ve been reading this blog a long time, you may remember that I used to do a lot of printing with a little Japanese machine called the Print Gocco. I hadn’t used it for ages for one reason and another, but earlier this year, I couldn’t find a birthday card that I liked to send to my eldest son so I dusted it off and did a lot of printing.
It was nice to get it out again after so long.
I decided to print a photo of Newport since he had been away for nearly 2 years and I thought (probably wrongly!) that he might like to see it.
This is the one I chose. I did a 3 colour separation and printed 3 screens in halftone and this one of them. It’s not one of the best as I put the ones I printed on folded cards in a safe place (ha – too safe!).
Of course I couldn’t stop there! I had taken a photo of some phoneboxes and a postbox in Cheltenham one year which I thought would be a good complement to my London bus prints.
It was fun printing these in various colours.
I got rather carried away by the end … of course there’s no point printing if you’re going to stop after one or two!
I got so inspired seeing all the Facebook pictures of 12 things to celebrate the 12th of the 12th 2012 yesterday that I decided to do my own … pity I was a day late but never mind! I had so much fun finding groups of 12s in my studio and rediscovering a lot of nice arty things I’d almost forgotten I had, that I went mad and did more than 12 so you’ll be seeing some of them here in the future…
1. 12 black pens for making gocco/thermofax masters for screens with.
2. 12 inks.
3. 12 round beads.
4. 12 hand made beads.
5. 12 brown buttons.
6. 12 reels of vintage Sylko thread.
7. 12 thread labels.
8. 12 glass headed pins.
9. 12 stamps made from fun foam stuck on card.
10. 12 stamps carved from erasers or that pink rubbery stuff.
Jamie Pulley has just published a very useful Gocco comparison chart which looks pretty comprehensive, so if you’re thinking of buying one and are confused by the various models and the differences between them, hop over to his blog and have a look!
Karen Stiehl Osborn has just written a tutorial on her blog entitled From Photograph to Thermofax. If you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and want to make a Gocco screen or thermofax screen and don’t know the best way to alter a photograph to make the best sort of image for it, check it out!
If you prefer using Paint Shop Pro, I wrote an article a few months ago on the same subject. You can find it here. There is also a link on my left sidebar.
While I’m on the subject of Gocco prints, I do still have some Print Gocco machines – PG10 and PG10 Supers – for sale, and have reduced the prices for April so there’s still a few days left!
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