Post # 1
good morning hive,
I’m new to the Gocco world. I recently purchsed one off of ebay for probably too much money, but all of the beautiful invites i saw on here made me do it.
I’ve been playing on it trying to get the hang of it and decided to make something for my bridesmaids…. but the printing isn’t as beautiful as i’ve seen on the invites. My images haven’t come out very crisp and it just doesn’t look vibrant at all.
I don’t know what i’m doing wrong. I’ve photocopied my images, used the blue screen, used lots of ink blocking to keep the ink in one spot, put on a lot of ink… and still it just doesn’t look good. One of my images came out very faint when I pressed it onto the paper– you can barely see it, and i pressed down pretty hard and I put a ton of ink on it thinking maybe i didn’t have enough ink to have it come through all the way? I had used the pearlesant pink on turquoise paper, and then even tried it on white and it’s just barely showing up.
Another one I printed on a dark pink cardstock with white and the aqua pearl ink and it came out kind of splotchy looking, like you can see through the image. My text is coming out nicely though-i’ve been using black ink for that.
Maybe i’m doing something wrong when i flash the image and it’s not coming through correctly? Maybe i’m not applying enough pressure? I need some advice on how to make the prints look professional and as beautiful as i know they can be!
Post # 3
There is a gocco group on Flickr and they have a discussion board. Ask your question there and I know they’ll have an answer. I’m not much help, because I’m afraid of mine.
Post # 4
What do your masters look like? You know that screen printing doesn’t do greyscale well, only black and white. So if you printed from a laser printer and made some greys, it will not work out very well.
Post # 5
Kate MW- do i have to belong to flickr? Because i don’t. I think I’ve actually seen that. I’ll have to look for it again.
Ryan T- yeah, I’m printing in black and the copies are black and white.
Post # 6
I second the discussion group on Flickr. I had made several masters and the first one turned out great but the subsequent ones didn’t. The discussion on Flickr mentioned that the blue filter isn’t always necessary, so I made more masters without the filter and they turned out great. Also, though I don’t think this is an issue for you since it seems as though your Gocco is fairly new, changing the batteries can also help.
What kind of print are you making? I had a mixed design with large ink areas and really delicate print. I found that the ink block could sometimes mess up the prints if I wasn’t careful because it changed the pressure being exerted on the ink.
One last thing: the inks do make a little bit of a difference, especially if you have a delicate design because the pearlescents and metallics have some particles in them to make them shiny that can get blocked up going through the master.
I wasted a ton of bulbs and screens at the beginning as I went through a lot of trial and error, but the end result was worthwhile. I hope you find something useful soon!
Post # 7
Mochiko– I just got it and put new batteries in it about a week ago. I had one large picture of a bride and three BM’s with some delicate wording (script) above the picture and some regular wording below it. I did use white and a pearlescent aqua color that I thought I would love for the picture. Which came out very light (i thought the white would, but I was surprised at the aqua pearl)
One of the other pages I had decided to go with a picture on the bottom of poppy flowers (they did have some delicate stems) and i used a plain turquoise color which came through but it looked kind of wierd.. like it was a bad printing job from an at home printer. I was trying to use 1 screen each as I had already played on it for something else (which came out a lot better) and wasted a tons of screens/bulbs. The third part was the same poppy picture but i used a pearl pink ink. So maybe there was just too much going on on the screen and the inks didn’t make it through all the way?
I’m going to post in the flickr group too. Thanks ladies!
Post # 8
It sounds like your screen didn’t burn all the way through…I think. Did you copy it on a copy machine or did you use a home printer that has carbon-y ink?