Tonight I tried out my gocco for the first time! It didn’t go perfectly, but I learned a lot and I like my little Valentine’s Day print. I’ve put together a little tutorial to show you how to gocco print.
Step 1: Draw a picture
Your picture needs to have carbon in it in order for it to work on the gocco. You can either draw it with the special gocco pen, or you can just make a photocopy of your picture. I photocopied mine.
Step 2: Add 2 AA batteries
Step 3: Line up picture on sticky pad
Step 4: Screw in lightbulbs
The lightbulbs contain some hazardous chemical, so be sure to wash your hands after handling them!
Step 5: Place screen in position
The blue side should be facing towards you.
Step 6: Press down (hard)
You will see the bulbs flash and smell them burning a bit.
Step 7: Dispose of bulbs
But first let them cool, because they will be hot! And remember to wash your hands after handling them. Unfortunately they are single use.
Step 8: Peel picture off screen
Look at that! My first screen worked!
Step 9: Block off different color areas with sticky foam tape
My design was a little too close together in places to actually fit the sticky foam tape. My colors did end up smearing in those areas. Next time I’m going to try a simpler design.
Step 10: Ink up your screen
You want to put it on pretty thick.
Step 11: Place screen back in gocco
Again with the blue side facing you.
Step 12: Place blank paper on sticky pad and press down
Hooray! My first print!
Check out all of those prints! Depending on how thick you put the ink on, you should be able to do at least 50 before you need to re-ink.
My finished print. You’re the only fish in the sea for me!
Finished card with my lined envelope.