Sunday, June 15, 2014

dusting off the old gocco

 On one day of rest this week (a day when Dulcie was at nursery and I was home alone rather than at work) I felt amazingly better all of a sudden.  This turned out to be because I had stupidly failed to take my medication that morning, but I made the most of the welcome, surprising and unexplained energy boost and set my resting aside for an hour or two to do some Gocco printing.
 I think I mentioned recently that I had a design all ready to go.  Well, this is the first screen.  Can you tell what it is yet?  (Not sure if it's still OK to say that in the current climate...)
I didn't have any brown ink or quite the right shade of pink, so I mixed these colours from scratch.  Knowing I might never be able to recreate it, I printed until the ink (well, the paper, actually) ran out.  That was nigh on 100 cards and 30 prints.  I hope someone wants to buy some when they're done!

Oh, yes, I was using a lollipop to mix paint, eagle eyes.  It was impromptu, what can I say?  If I'd waited until I had more appropriate tools, I might not have had the energy.  And it worked!

I'm hoping for another wee energy boost/free house lengthy enough to print the second and final layer soon.  (Yes, it is tempting to skip my tablets again, but I won't.  I'm playing the long game, boring and energy-zapping as it is.)  I'll be sure to share the finished design just as soon as I can.

It was ages since I'd last Gocco'd (over three years?!) and I'd allowed it to become scary again, like it was before I had ever tried it.  It was good to dust the machine off and be reminded of how simple and fun Gocco printing really is.  Hopefully I'll be able to get a few more of my long-standing ideas onto paper before too long.  Yay!


  1. That is a lot of work! I'm intrigued by the orange bowl in the background which looks to me like a wonder of 60's/70's design :)

    1. Oh God, you weren't meant to look at the kitchen! I think I did blog about my fruit bowl before if you want a closer look. Hold on...

      Yes, I did! And you even commented on it! Ha! Here it is:

      PS I've since printed the second/final layer and am so chuffed with how they turned out, busy patting myself on the back :)


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