Saturday, August 12, 2006

How to: Register & print a repeating pattern tile from a Gocco screen

Today I figured out how to print my Gocco pattern "tile" in multiple repeats, using a home made registration plate. In case anybody's interested, I thought I might document the process. Here it is!


My home made registration plate, made out of some polypropylene from the art store. It's the same size as a Gocco screen, but you'll notice I've cut an indent out of the top edge, leaving two little tabs sticking up at either end.

When printing onto this plate, I made sure that it's edges were lined up with the edges of the screen. None of this printing is done using the actual Gocco machine by the way... just my modified squeegee method - I'll explain that later.



Okay so here's the registration plate positioned carefully on the paper so that it continues the pattern. (I'd already done a few tiles at this point before I decided to take photos).


Here's a delicate bit - the edge of the screen is placed down on the paper so that it's touching the top edge of the registration plate (being careful not to bump the plate).The two little tabs sticking out of the top of the registration plate sort of fit under the curved corners of the screen.


The registration plate is removed, and the screen is slowly lowered down onto the paper (being careful not to let it slip around). The indent cut out of the registration plate means that when lowering the screen from a standing position, it lands exactly where the registration plate was, rather than slightly higher.

To perform the print outside of the machine, I ink up the screen as normal, cover it with the transparent film, and use a hard piece of plastic to squeegee the ink back and forth. Probably not very "screen friendly" but it's the only way I can think of. Other suggestions are welcome!


The final product. Not perfect, but I suppose that just adds character :)

9 comments:

Marissa said...

Thanks for posting this! I love finding new techniques to use with my gocco. They're so much more versatile than they let on.

Kathleen said...

Thanks for posting your process...great info, and lovely print.

shannon said...

Youre making my need of a gocco more pressing....rrrrrrgggggghhhh!!

Lara said...

No worries guys - it's the least I can do as thanks for all your positive feedback and support. Shannon, hee hee - do it! do it!

Cate said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing that! *thinks of all those fabric patterns I've been meaning to create*

P.S.: I found you through Flikr, and I love all of your patterns. You're very talented!

sara k. said...

What a fantastic idea!!! I've been struggling so much with my Gocco. I haven't tried the squeegee method, but maybe this would work either way? I hate wasting so much precious ink! by the way, I love your patterns!

Lara said...

Hi Sara. Thankyou!! If you get a chance to try it out, let me know how you go! Don't worry too much about ink wasteage, either way you can always scrape the leftover ink into an airtight container.

I was even thinking of buying some of those empty paint tubes that artists put mixed colours in, and scraping my leftovers into that. That'd be nice and airtight and easy to reuse...

Maitreya said...

Ah, this is genius!

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