Post # 1
First, THANK YOU so much to the helpful Gocco brides on this board. Because of you, Fiance and I are Gocco-ing our wedding invites! Here’s the problem- we have large designs that I’m doing in turquoise ink on ivory cardstock. the problem is that the images are rathy "spotty." In other words, it looks like I’m running out of ink even after I just inked up.
The first one we did (which was a good bit smaller) worked beautifully. Any thoughts/suggestions on what we should do? I did hold the bulb down for like 10 seconds after the flash burst- was that the problem? Used Xerox machine at Kinkos but also used the blue filter.
I greatly appreciate any reccomendations and helpful hints.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
Are you sure your ink is evenly distributed on the screen? I’m working on a Gocco project right now and whenever I re-ink I make sure to spread the ink around with a palette knife (or something similar, like a plastic knife or spoon), so all of the areas have an equal amount of ink.
If this isn’t the problem, perhaps there is a problem with the printer on which you printed your design? Maybe the areas that are splotchy don’t have enough carbon, and therefore the design isn’t being burnt onto the screen properly.
Hope that helps a little!
Post # 6
I had the same problem with one of my originals! I am wondering if it’s because there was too much carbon (too dark) in the original rather than too little…. I didn’t figure this out.
Post # 7
Are you using carbon based ink when you burn the image? The first time I used my Gocco, I tried using an image from my inkjet printer and it came out like that. I put SO MUCH ink, and it still wouldn’t distribute evenly. Finally, I burned an image from a laser printer instead and all was well.
Post # 8
thanks for the responses. I made the copies at Kinkos so there should be carbon. wondering if there is too much carbon?
Post # 9
I think there’s not enough carbon. It’s always best to print it out from laser jet printers.
Here’s mine clear and smooth transfer:
Post # 10
I had the same exact problem. One solution of mine was to clean the screen BEFORE inking, and it removed some of the excess carbon clogging my screen. But I still haven’t managed that elusive ‘perfect’ print 🙂
Post # 11
I had a similar problem with a carbon copy, and I found that lighter copies (less carbon) seemed to fix the problem. you may have to play around with it and use a couple screens and copies to find the right one