November 19, 2007

First Gocco Print Run

I think it was a success. After watching a super cool instructional video from what I'm guessing was the early 80's and reading my instructions over a few times, it actually was pretty easy. I was just doing something simple, but the whole process from making my master to printing was about 30 minutes.


With the amount of ink I put on my screen I probably could have made 100 prints, but I stopped at 25 because I really don't know what I'll do with these. They are on postcard sized cards - maybe just write notes on them or give them away. In the future I'll have to figure out how to use less ink, or save the leftover for future use. One person on flickr bought small glass jars to store unused ink in, which seems like a smart idea. I know you can also save the screens, but cleaning it seemed daunting..so I tossed it. I can always make a new one if I want.

So here it is - this is the chair I photographed in Yosemite. I made a path in Photoshop to extract it, then adjusted Levels and Curves to make it high contrast. Because I don't have a laser printer at home I made a few copies at Kinko's to make my master from.

I'm pretty excited to do my holiday cards now. I want to try doing more than one color using multiple screens. I'll let you know what I come up with : )

More photos of the process on flickr!

9 comments:

Jessica said...

very nice first run!!!!!I love the chair.

claire said...

They look great!

Kathryn said...

very nice, indeed! gocco printing looks like so much fun :)

KT said...

I love it!
Mom

Christa said...

I know what you can do with those...send me a few!

I didn't even know what a gocco print was...I feel a telephone conversation coming.

Kim said...

These look awesome!!! Gocco is the best! I can't wait to see what you do for the holidays.

lookwhaticando said...

I love these....xoxoxo I would frame it!! :)

Lobster and swan said...

These look great! I m thinking of buying a gocco machine, If you don't mind my asking which one did you use? or would you suggest?

raya said...

I have the PG-11 machine. I bought this one from a fellow blogger who had two and I like it, but I think if you just want a basic machine the PG-5 or 6 would work just fine. They are a bit less expensive. If you go on Flickr and search for "Gocco" under Groups you can find a lot of good info and maybe even ask a question in their discussion to find out what others are using. Have fun!