Before Christmas I attended Craft Central in
The screens are made using a Japanese Gocco machine, which I believe have stopped being made now and are really difficult to find, EBay and scouring all auction sites are probably your best bet! They were built in the 80’s for children in Japan to use them for card making as they are so simple to use. Apparently you put an image, either a photocopy or drawing and some screen printing mesh into the machine and a big light flashes to imprint the image onto the mesh, you can then make the screen by attaching it to a card frame. It is a shame they have stopped making them, but I guess traditional screen-printing and stamping has taken over and so maybe they just were not selling enough. Another cool thing that gets lost in history, just like the Polaroid!
So we each chose a screen to start with and used the screen-printing paints and a piece of plastic as a squeegee, we proceeded to place our item – lets say card down on the table (over a cloth of course), place the screen over the top and place the paint at the top of the screen and then dragged it over the screen – just the same as you would in screen-printing, but without the pressure – there is no need to be heavy handed with it. You can then pick up the screen and voila your item has been printed! It is so very simple, although these were made for children to use, so you really would hope so!
I started getting a bit of a production line going along with some others at the workshop with using different screens and items to print on, I went for printing straight onto cards, printing onto fabric so that I can turn them into decorations or cut them out to put on cards and I also did a few notebooks! This was actually a really productive evening (it was a 2 hour session) and I got so many done that I think all my Christmas cards are done for this year and I may even have enough for next year! An extra bonus.
So all in all, although I would have liked to have done my own screen I still had fun and Xtina talked about the machine a lot and the screens and so I think I will definitely be looking for one. Plus Xtina mentioned a company called Thermofax which I believe makes up screens for you, either there own designs or you can design your own, so that may well be another option.
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