My first gocco print!

January 19th, 2009  |  Published in Crafts, Gocco, Tutorials  |  14 Comments

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.

14 Responses

  1. Craftzilla says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 11:00 am (#)

    Wow, that is crazy! I have never seen something like this before. Thanks for all the in depth pictures, otherwise I never would have gotten how it works.

  2. Jennifer says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 4:26 pm (#)

    So cute!! I think they turned out perfect. I couldn’t do this, because I can’t draw. Maybe I could get Bob to do it for me. tee hee hee….Have V-Day early.

  3. Barbara says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 5:27 pm (#)


    You delight me!! Beautiful work! <3

  4. Glue Gun Crafts says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 5:37 pm (#)

    Gocco Print Making…


  5. Jennifer says:

    January 21st, 2009 at 7:20 am (#)

    I have a little suprise for you on my blog…..

  6. Ashlee says:

    January 21st, 2009 at 9:54 am (#)

    Oh my goodness! You did a great job. Super cute.

  7. patti says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 7:26 pm (#)

    I love your blog! I didn’t know until recently what a totally cool little cousin I had. Keep creating and posting. I’ve awarded you the Lemonade Award, too – even though I know you’ve already received it. Love, Patti

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  9. Sam says:

    July 20th, 2009 at 6:19 am (#)

    Wow… now I want one really badly. That looks like so much fun! But they’re so hard to find.

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  11. resalikescolors says:

    August 13th, 2009 at 12:46 am (#)

    What an awesome little gadget! I want one!
    I really like your love fishies ;)

  12. Jo says:

    August 15th, 2009 at 3:23 pm (#)

    Yay! thanks so much for the info, now i’m going to use mine now!! :)

  13. mishiko says:

    February 17th, 2011 at 9:46 pm (#)

    Wow you are so lucky. My first Gocco print was a disaster! Nice job, it’s soooo cute.

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