Gocco Class Samples
by Kim Nickens
This is what the gocco printer looks like.
Exposing the screens requires a special photo sensitive screen made for the machine plus special bulbs that burn the image into the screen.
You can print your images by inking the screens with the more than 30 ink colors available, position your paper, cardstock or fabric in the machine and pulling the handle down, exerting gentle pressure. This system is great for making multiples.
These are some of the fabrics that I recently printed. Different effects can be achieved by printing the same designs on different fabrics (even some fabrics with printed designs on them already work!) or by over printing several designs on one piece. Note that these samples have been cut but lengths of fabric can also be printed. The cotton batik-style fabrics worked well and provided a nice background for some of the prints. Note that we will NOT batik our own fabric in the class (that's a whole other class!)
More examples of different effects achieved by printing the design on different fabrics . . .
The gocco can be used to print photos as well but photos must be high contrast black and white with no graytones. (Think the kind of photos that Andy Warhol screen printed.) For all of the above photos, the images were manipulated in Photoshop first to make sure that I had pure black and white without a overabundance of dark areas. Please note also that you must bring photocopied images to print that were made on a toner-based copier or printer (inkjet prints do not work to image the screens).
This is the book that we will bind our samples into. The cover is an approximately 7" by 20" piece of artist's canvas that has been gocco printed with two overlapping designs (one is a page from a Chinese dictionary and the other is a page from a Chinese herbal book).
The cactus-lady printed was printed on canvas and adhered to the cover. This uses a rubber band binding. Shoelaces can also be used to bind the final project. The holes in the canvas were reinforced with grommets.
This is an overview of the final project for the Gocco Self-Portrait classes. The book is a combination binding. The book block is sewn using a spring action binding and incorporates honeycomb pockets. The soft covers are added using a rubberband binding. Pages are optionally hole punched and decorated with fibers. Approximate size of the final project is 6-1/2 inches tall by 10 inches wide (with the book closed).
This is an inside view of the book which also has honeycomb pockets to hold your extra prints.
Another photo of the self-portrait book outside cover with the book closed.
Various methods of attachment can be used to secure your prints in your book.
Since I wanted to be able to remove the prints, I attached them using "clipiola" (circular metal paper clips). You can adhere them more permanently using brads, eyelets, tape, a glue stick or glue dots, photocorners or by cutting slits in the book block.
Your extra prints can be housed in the honeycomb pockets.
These are samples of some of the gocco prints done by participants in other classes.
To create a good master to print from, your image must be produced on a toner-based photocopier or printer (inkjet does not work!).
The most successful images have strong black and white graphics with no graytones. Text works well. Again, think of Andy Warhol type for your photos.
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