Gocco printing using a plastic frame

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:

carbon pencils

This is my original image:

reeds 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!

hi mesh screen and plastic screen alongside each other

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.

completed screen

I inked it up and put it into the machine:

print gocco machine ready for printing

Here are some of the results:

reeds card

multicoloured reeds card 

squidgy reeds card 

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:

Gocco bird overprinted

And I printed a few reeds two or even three times on top of each other:

overprinted reeds

I could see these working well as a background.

overprinting the overprinted print 

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”.

4 Responses to Gocco printing using a plastic frame

  1. Catherine 23rd October 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Thanks for that Liz, as ever a useful blog to read. I found that if you right click on the page you can get a translation of the page which makes it easier to read. I could n’t find the link but used the search option. Catherine

  2. Jennifer Rose 23rd October 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    seeing all your gorgeous work with these machines really makes me want to get one 🙂

  3. interior design seattle 1st November 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    What a nice outcome to this strange technique, the scope is really broad. I can see some art in a kitchen perhaps, or guest house. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jason 11th November 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    Never heard of the Gocco before! But you get some pretty cool results, how big is the machine?