I mentioned early in the fall that I bought a gocco printing machine from Paper Source when they sold their inventory of used machines. It was a find. There are not too many left to buy in the US. (Rumor has it some are still being made in Japan and shipped here, but I am not sure of the best way to purchase one.)
The gocco sat in it's box, in a bag for many months until last Friday when I decided to make good on my new year's resolution and try it out. The machine is a simple screen-printing machine that burns a photocopied image onto a special screen with one-time use light bulbs. Gocco ink is then squeezed right onto the screen and then the image is transferred onto paper (in my case, chipboard), one at a time. You can watch a video of the process (it's a bit long, but certainly explains it) here.
Surprise, surprise! It worked. And well! I had pretty low expectations given that the machine is old and the one demo I had seen was unsuccessful. But I was thrilled to find that it's really easy to use. I printed maps on to chipboard for a new mini book kit. Today I am going to get started on the book covers.
Do you have resource for where to find gocco machines? Please share in the comments.