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« on: May 05, 2005 02:55:29 PM »

Okay, so I read posts on Craftster and I looked at a Grocco website. I can't figure out what it is! To me, it looks like a "fake" silkscreening method. i use what I'd consider "real" silkscreening. I have a frame, some silk, rope, a mallot, and a tightening tool. For the ink, I use some that comes in a jar, a cardboard stick, and a squeegie. It's messy, it's fun, and it's pretty limit-less. I use water-based stencil which I cut BY HAND.

So my question is, what exactly is Grocco? I can't figure it out. Can someone please give me some hints? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2005 03:07:46 PM »

gocco.com has a pretty good description of the process (scroll down a few paragraphs).
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2005 10:07:35 AM »

The small Gocco that most of us use is a thermal process to transfer carbon based designs onto Print Masters. As the Print Lamps fire, the heat passes through the screen and hits the artwork, heating up the carbon to melt away the fine thermal film - transferring the design onto the Print Master. The ink passes through the exposed area of the screen and gives a perfect print.

So, you put in your artwork that has a carbon base, no ink jet, old fashioned copier works best. 
Then you put in the print master, which is kind of like a 3 1/2 inch by 5 1/2 inch piece of film, a proprietarty Gocco Product.
Then on the other side of the plastic there is a flach bulb, a proprietarty Gocco Product,  housing.
You squeeze together the little machine which has batteries in it and it flashes making holes in the print masterwhere the carbon was on your art work.

You are done making your screen

You place ink on the screen underneath a clear transparency and then place the print master back in the machine.

You put the fabric or paper in between the 2 sides of the machine and push  (kind of like you did to make it flash)  and the ink comes out onto the paper or fabric.

There is also a stamp that you can put the prepared screen on so you can use the screen on media that will not fit into the machine, i.e. wallpaper.

Yipee..

Hope this helps.
 
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