It’s been a long time!

October 10, 2008 at 12:49 pm 2 comments

setting up the gocco!Sometimes I fall off the computer wagon. I don’t think this is a bad thing. It probably means I’m spending more time playing outside or making something neat…and that’s probably for the best. My latest break from the blog world started when I pulled out my Gocco machine to print some invitation for my mom’s 70th birthday party. That was back in May! I was helping plan the party from many states away (NY) and prep for my annual trip back to the homeland (Chicago). I all went well. It was a terrific summer and has been a busy but productive start to fall. invitations drying

The invitations were a collaboritive effort between my sister and I. She recommended the colors which went with the decor of the place where we hosted the party and I did the layout and printing. I think they came out pretty good for my first Gocco attempt. I hand cut a bunch of matte board for the invitations instead of using cards, and did a two color print using one Gocco screen. If i were to do it again I would have used two screens and put the text in the center of the screen and just worked with the registration on the prints. The font I chose was really delicate and pretty (like mom…awe) and it didn’t always print well because it was on the edge of the screen.final stack of prints I printed a bunch of extras and chose the best of the bunch to send out.

The Gocco machine makes me so happy. Life would be good if you could experience the flash of the Gocco bulbs everyday. I also really enjoy making prints. I kept wanting to screen print things, but the space, mess, and chunk of time you have to commit makes it a bit prohibitive with a wee boy running around. I was able to start making these prints after he went to bed and still finish and clean up before it was too late. So all hail the Gocco, it rocks my world.

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  • 1. tali  |  December 26, 2008 at 2:35 am

    these look great!
    could i ask where you sourced that gorgeous flower image? I’m looking for something just like that for some invites i want to make 🙂

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  • 2. lmdalton  |  December 26, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I went to the science section of my library and spent some time looking at the oldest botany books i could find. I remembered these old line drawings from when i was a kid and was lucky enough to find a bunch of books. It was actually hard to choose I found so many interesting pictures.

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