Wednesday, May 7, 2008
gocco, a go go
Finally, finally, finally.... I pulled out the gocco today and printed my little heart out. I had this little image in my mind and really wanted to do it as a print. For some reason I just couldn't sit down and draw it. Today I finished off a trade that I'm pretty behind on and so I sat down and sketched the little cherub's who had been flitting around in my head and they turned out just as I had envisaged them. It's not very often that happens for me. I like to sketch with lead so I went over my image with the risso pen that came with the gocco set but probably shouldn't have as some of the lead that wasn't rubbed out totally came through in the final print and the image isn't quite as clean as I would like. I'm very happy with it for the first attempt though!
I did quite a bit of scrolling through different tutorials until I found one I was really comfortable with what I was doing. I found this tutorial the most helpful to follow. It's a great tutorial and inspired me to pull out some fabric and felt to see how they printed...and they work great. I'm going to hunt down some gocco fabric ink and have a go at printing on felt and fabric. I have great visions of little gocco pockets on tikki pants!
I really enjoyed printing with the gocco. It is so much easier and cleaner than alot of other forms of printing that I have tried. And that's most forms although I have never done a screenprint. Not sure how that has happened as I've done pretty much every other type of printing process. I love not having to think aobut reverse imagery, soaking paper, wiping down edges, etc.... You just wack the paper in, press down and voila.... Too easy!
Now as for the images I've printed. These are my favourite little pint sized creations ever, my 2 gorgeous babes, Tully and Asher. They are such great mates and often walk around hand in hand. Too cute. I need a logo/brand image for my business and I think this is it. Tully is holding a pixie softie and Asher a pint. Unfortunately, there were some pencil rubbings around the glass so it hasn't come up too clean. I actually didn't think the pencil would show up. Some area of the image didn't print brilliantly either andthe line isn't quite as sharp as I imagined it would be. I'm not sure why that is. Maybe next time I'll figure it out and get a better image.
The next dilemma is finding more supplies. I'm really hoping I'll be able to find them in an artstore rather than having to order on-line.