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Print Gocco – one of my favorite tools

In my last post, I mentioned Print  Gocco. It wasn’t long before I received email asking what it was.

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite tools.

Print Gocco is a Japanese color screenprinting system developed in 1977. It is a compact and completely self-contained printer.  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 prints can be made. Immensely popular in Japan – it is said that at the peak of its popularity, nearly 30% of Japanese households owned one!

Print Gocco have since been discontinued, see for more info. There are a few different models on the market, check out eBay, you may find one there if you are lucky. I have a PG-11 .. and I LOVE it!

Print Goco PG-11 model

Quite honestly, the possibilities are endless. Simple cards that a child could do, or more creative projects, like the purses I made (see earlier post). I have gocco-ed fabric, paper napkins, books, leather, felt and more… let me know what you have gocco-ed. Ohh.. and by the way, for the purses, I used 4 different screens, each one with a design I sketched by hand.

Made these using Print Gocco
Leather purses I screened using Print Gocco

Check out the gocco items on etsy to see what other people are doing with it.

Take a look at this Etsy video to see how the Print Gocco works. You can make things as simple or as complicated as you like. It is great fun either way!

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