Thursday, August 04, 2005

Swimming Through the Gocco Patch

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RISO Gocco. A small blue machine out of which emerges lovely crafts, postcards, and small books. I have seen the wonders both virtually and in person. Finally, today, i experienced gocco for myself. I borrowed a friend's blue baby a few weeks ago, but only played with it today. My intention? To make patches to take to the Portland Zine Synposium. After an hour or so of drawing, I took my finished drawing to the packing store and made an 11 cent photocopy. At first, I had a bit of trouble figuring out how much ink to use (when they say a lot, they mean A LOT!) and other small debacles resulting in not exactly what I wanted. (for instance, I silkscreened the spare bedroom's wooden floor when first applying ink. It wiped away, mostly) One problem was i ordered the wrong screen type. I had to improvise the plastic screen by using a plastic baggie. The screen I used was supposed to be for silkscreening with a squeegeeeee and Gocco Silk Screen Ink. I had gocco stamp ink and used the screen on the Gocco itself. With a bit of improvisation and a great deal of learning as I go, I think the end result is rather nice. I am quite taken with my little patches. (in the heat of the moment, i took off my shirt, and ran it through the gocco. Would have worked, had i been patient enough to smooth out the bumps in the cotton!)

The Sea of Patches

Key Patch

6 Comments:

Blogger Aimee "Roo" said...

your patches are great, you seem to have a good idea of how to use the gocco. i am waiting for mine to come in the mail, getting very excited.

what else have you used it for? do you like it? i would love to hear all about it. :)

3:14 PM  
Blogger Flying Pizza said...

Hi Miss Erin Fae! Let's be Blog Buddies! It was so nice to table with you...
Kate

10:56 AM  
Anonymous myra said...

Isn't Gocco'ing so much fun?

11:06 PM  
Blogger jenny vorwaller said...

i love the image! very clever.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really liked the info on your site about silk screen - nice work. I've just started my own silk screen secrets blog and would really appreciate you stopping by

1:15 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I love my gocco. I do mostly note-cards but I am hopeful about cloth after looking at your patches. Lovely 1st project. I had a little trouble at first too, but once you get the hang of it, gocco's are super nifty. You can look at what I'm goccoing at www.bluesnailpapers.com.

8:35 PM  

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