Tuesday, April 01, 2008

More Gocco

My extra Gocco screens came yesterday! I made my first two screen print. I'm pretty happy with it, though it was quite a challenge getting them to line up.
This is Happy Birthday Hamster:

and of course Happy Cloud:

The only ink I color I didn't get with my initial order was white. I had heard that you could only use Gocco inks and that Speedball and other inks were usually too thin. However, I had some white block printing ink on hand so I used that to mix colors and it worked perfectly. I think the block printing ink is thicker than fabric ink. So, if you're wondering if you can use other inks with Gocco, you can. I'm also looking into thickening some of the Speedball fabric ink I have to see it that will work. I found something called sodium alginate and I believe that will work. I'll let you know how it goes.

On a completely unrelated note, I got this book for my birthday. I was skeptical, how could you have perfectly amazing bread in 2 hours? I'm not quite sure how it works but it does and it's delicious! No pics of this one as I couldn't wait to shove it in my face. I'll get some of the next loaf. I love that right now I have a container full of bread dough in the fridge that I can tear a piece from and bake for instant fresh bread anytime. Magic!


Mytutorlist.com said...

You're on a roll! It's neat that you discovered that you can use other inks with your Gocco. That will be handy news for other Gocco users.

How lucky that you can now make fresh bread any time. It sounds marvelous. I love the smell of fresh baking bread.

Meridian Ariel said...

the cards look lovely, especially the owl one, and the cloud one too.

knitsational said...

Those are so sweet!

jillytacy said...

Happy Birthday Hamster is very cute. I love Gocco and would love to try it.

vlijtig said...

Your Gocco-prints are great. I just received my Gocco-printer today! I'll keep following what you do and learn from your experiences.

kung fu bambini said...

Hi there!

I ran across your post while looking for info on using alternative inks for my Gocco - and then I thought your cute happy cloud looked familiar and then I realized that you are in Portland too! HI! *waving* :)

I'm using my Gocco to print on fabric and I'm researching alternate inks. Any new success?

Vici said...

Hi there! Just wondering if you ever used the sodium alginate to thicken the speedball fabric ink and used with the Gocco? Would be very curious to know as I am trying to do something similair! Thanks :) Cute cards btw :)