Thanks to the crazy winter weather, I've had some extra time to create these last two days. I spent some time making a new gocco print and wanted to share the process!
It started as an idea I sketched out for matched items, things that go together.
From here I refined the sketches and carefully drew everything with a micron pen. (Sometimes I will scan my sketches and work on them in Photoshop, then print the result on my Canon Pixma printer. This also works fine for screens. But sometimes nothing beats hand-drawing!) Once I finished my sketch I carefully lined up my pictures in my Gocco machine and got my screen ready.
After this it's a quick flash of light (and a few seconds of nervousness as I hope both bulbs go off!) and then my screen is ready to ink. Sometimes I use ink blocking to separate colors and keep the ink contained, but for this screen I just inked away!
Now, to print, and check on the quality.
Here's what the screen looks like as you print. (Notice those little squares on there? That's to block a couple of little pin dots that were putting ink on my cards where it didn't belong. A little bit of tape is a simple fix.)
Here's a whole mess of prints lined up to dry!
When I've printed all I want to, I then clean off the screen so I can use it again later. Here's what it looks like when it's clean: the ink colors are stained on there, but you can see the light through the lines of your images.
Add on a snazzy matching envelope, and you are good to go!
I'm really happy with how this print came out. It's exactly what Gocco is designed for, using multiple colors on one screen and getting a lot of cards at once from it. While I've played in the past with using multiple screens to get layered images, I really loved the ease and instant gratification of doing one screen and still getting lots of color.
This counts as my Thing 3 for thing-a-day, is one of the items on my yearly to-do list, and is now listed in my shop! I love gocco.