Sunday, February 27, 2011

Locco for Gocco

Yesterday I attended a workshop run by the Sydney Brown Owls.

It was a Gocco Print workshop and it has got me Locco for Gocco hehehe!

Print Gocco is a Japanese color screenprinting system developed in 1977 by Noboru Hayama. Resembling a toy, the compact and completely self-contained printer is clean, quick and easy to use. The system works using flash bulbs, a carbon-based image or photocopy and an emulsion-coated screen. When the bulbs are manually flashed, the carbon in the drawing or photocopy burns the screen into a stencil. Several colors of Ink can then be applied at one time and multiples can be stamped out, as many as 100 before re-inking is needed. Fans of Print Gocco appreciate its size, cleanliness, relatively inexpensive cost, and the fact that several colors can be printed in one “pass.” Wording taken from here.

Here are some of the girls using the Gocco machines.

Once you've made your screen from your own design you can screen print it onto paper.

And Voila! You just do that over and over again and you've got gorgeous little prints from your own design!

Here are some of the designs that were produced. It was such a great workshop and now I'm itching to get myself a Gocco machine.

If you'd like to attend one of the many Brown Owls events which are held around the country then check out Pip's blog here.

Thanks to Manu and the Brown Owls girls for organising, it was so much fun.

Have a great Monday,


  1. Looks like fun Janette and perfect for you being so creative. ;-)

  2. This is genius Janette!
    Thank you for sharing, it's bookmarked and ready for action.

    Felicity x

  3. I want, I want!! Love that it is so compact.

  4. Thanks for this, Janette - it sounds really intriguing, I think I read a while ago that Corrie at Retromummy might have been selling one. Not sure.

    I also don't know how easy they are to find. Look at this link Have a fab week, Lovely. J x

  5. It looks like fun Janette and a very handy little tool to have. xx

  6. oh my goodness, i've been looking at getting one!!!!! is it really really easy???? glad you had a great time xx

  7. What a fun workshop! My mother-in-law said she used to have a print gocco but got rid of it years ago!!!! I have a few print goccos I've bought off Etsy by the seller Sugarloop - she has some great designs.

  8. I have wanted to do this for a long time. A friend of mine hashad one and I always thought it looked like fun. I studied printmaking at uni but failed! Still not sure why :)
    I recently bought a big silkscreen and thought I'd give it another go.

  9. I just watched the tutorial video, what an amazing little machine. You must have had so much fun. Rachaelxx

  10. I want - I want!
    All I need to go with it is the creative part of my brain!

    Licks illy the cuddly


Thanks! I love reading your comments! Jxx