Ta Dah!! Here is my Gocco-ed fox with his final colour, all done and dusted. I can hardly believe it myself.
I promised I’d show you soon and I am, without getting distracted by a new idea. Yikes! I could be setting myself a new standard.
I’m so happy with the way he turned out despite the many lessons learnt in the process. Some were embarrassingly obvious, some not so much. But most due purely to over-enthusiasm. Anyway I wrote myself some notes and if you’re a gung-ho Gocco-er like me you might find them useful too.
Gocco tips for the over-enthusiastic:
- Take your time making up artwork for screens. Check and double-check. Otherwise you can spend donkey’s years getting things registered and centered properly.
- Have the paper merchant cut all your stock to size, especially when you don’t have a guillotine.
- Blocking can be cut mega-thin and ink puddles spread further with each press. So use it and apply before inking the screen.
- Respect Gocco ink. Gocco ink is sticky. Super sticky!
- Gocco printing comes with inherent irregularities. So play with them. Play with the amount of pressure applied to the handle and different types of stock. Design to make the most of it.
- Allow at least 24-48 hours drying time (in cooler weather) before stacking your prints to avoid transfer.
- Dark colours in small areas look darker. Dark gray looks black in line work. So ask yourself is it worth hand mixing ink for smaller areas if there is only a subtle difference.
- Registration will shift no matter how careful you are, don’t worry that’s part of the Gocco charm.
And the other thing that is apparently finished is Autumn. I downloaded some leafy photos I took a little while ago only to notice that those trees have shaken off practically all of their lovely crimson and now look quite skeletal. Not that I mind, I love winter. But without seeing these shots I would never have guessed how completely influenced by the Autumn palette I’ve been. Now I’m looking forward to what winter will bring.
Right, now I’m off to see what the other Creative Spacers have been up to. So much goodness in one place!