Friday, October 28, 2011

Print Gocco

by Leah of cricicis design

I've been working on a new series of drawings- of fish! They are hand drawn instead of digitally illustrated, and with a little more detail than usual. I wanted to maintain the sketched quality when I printed them, but still keep them somewhat consistent with my silhouetted animal illustrations of the past.

So I decided to dust off my Gocco! Have you ever used a Print Gocco? It's a screenprinting system that's compact and clean. You start with a carbon-based image (the old machines came with a carbon pen for drawing) or a photocopy, and an emulsion-coated screen. You pop flash bulbs into the top and press down- when the bulbs flash, the carbon burns into the screen to create a stencil. Then you ink up the screen, insert it back into the same place where it was burned, and press down onto your paper to make a print. Then you repeat! It couldn't be simpler. Unfortunately, production of the Print Gocco ended in 2005. I have a few screens and bulbs leftover, and thought this would be the perfect project for them. It feels nice to print these drawings in such a tactile way.

Here are a few more photos of the process and the final products:

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