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Trends Special: Loco for Gocco

Dec 3, 2007

by magicjelly

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Gocco has become quite a buzzword in 2007 — I’m predicting there will be lots of Gocco-printed goodies tucked under trees & stuffed into stockings this season!

For the uninitiated, the Gocco is a small-format screen printing press originating from Japan.  In the pre-PC 1970s, it was marketed as a household printer for the whole family (the word “gocco” loosely translates as “make-believe play”) but it dropped out of favour in the 80s & 90s as digital technology took hold.  The 21st century has seen a revival of interest in the Gocco, with artists and crafters embracing its idiosyncratic, low-tech charm.  Unlike traditional screen-printing, you don’t need a large workspace to use it — best of all, it’s FUN!

I’ve been Goccoing for almost 3 years now; when I first joined Etsy, a “gocco” search unearthed only a few pages of listings.  It’s a different story these days: you’ll find a plethora of wonderful Gocco-made items that are as diverse as the artists who make them.

For art lovers on a budget, collecting signed, limited edition Gocco prints is a great way to own original artwork by your favourite artists.

Quiet by Multiplepersonality
Squirrel by Happymeat


Rain by juliabe
Goldfish by Mylittlestore

I have a particular love of Gocco prints incorporating different media (collage, paint, embroidery, etc) and printed on vintage papers, as it adds a unique depth and dimension.

Teatime mini quilt by Cakelove
Embroidered Head by selflesh


Peacock Volcano Collage by jessgonacha

Mini-Trend Alert:  Brown Kraft.  I’m seeing quite a few Gocco artists taking advantage of the beautiful textures of Kraft.


Ride On art card by twoguitars


Shoofly’s Shadow Pods moleskine journal
Autumn Deer notebook by Cabin

One of the best things about the Gocco is its versatility — it’s not just for paper, you know!  You’ll find Gocco printed fabric and ceramics too.

Red King Mushroom Pincushion/Air Freshener by Cutesypoo
Pink 10 Carat Felt Broach by myimaginaryboyfriend


Keyboard Pouch by TooToo


Ostrich with Serving Platter by porcelainandpaper



Pint sized Tumbler with Microscope graphisc by guymichaeldavis

12oz cup black flies by CircaCeramics

Anyone who has held a Gocco print in their hands will tell you how special it is.  There’s something about the textures and print variations, which gives a Gocco print warmth, uniqueness, and that undefinable magic only handmade objects possess.

There’s a goldmine of Goccoed greeting cards and stationery available — a huge variety of all-occasion items, as well as cards and gift tags perfect for the holidays.


Artichoke artist book by deconstructartichoke
Set of Hello greeting cards by curtie01


Holiday tags by sarahparrott825


Holiday card axelhoney
Assorted pack of holiday cards by wonting


Create Peace tag by afavorite

Why not welcome the New Year with a Gocco-printed 2008 desk calendar?

by annecote
by paperbluebird

You can also buy your Gocco supplies from Etsy.  What a great gift idea too — I’d love to find my Christmas stocking crammed with inks!

Bulbs from alittlegoodness
Inks from printaddictjapan
Set from Feltcafe

With its popularity booming, I’m pretty sure 2008 is going to be the Year of the Gocco.  Believe me, once bitten by the Gocco bug, you’ll be loco for Gocco too!

Etsy Labs’ Juliesincharge recently had a gocco class at the Labs!

Further Resources:

Loco for Gocco Street Team: http://team.etsy.com/profilest/gocco.shtml
Loco for Gocco Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/loco4gocco/
Loco for Gocco Blog:  http://locoforgocco.blogspot.com/
Loco for Gocco IndiePublic Page: http://www.indiepublic.com/group/locoforgocco

Flickr Discussion Group:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/gocco/discuss/

Inspirational Gocco Artists:
Scott Saw: http://scottsaw.com/index.html
Mizna Wada: http://www.hihou.net/mizna/
Julie West: http://www.juliewest.com/
Shu-Ju Wang: http://www.fingerstothebone.com/

How-To:
Multi-Screen Print Demo:
http://scottsaw.com/making_of_backwoods.html
Instruction Sheets & Videos:
http://www.nehoc.com.au/training/
Gocco in Action Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8uTiYOKSxQ
Printing Tutorial: http://www.thesmallobject.com/tutorials/GoccoTutorial.html
Printing Tutorial: http://www.jenleheny.com/archives/166

MagicJelly Bio:

MagicJelly is South Australian Illustrator & Artist Karena Colquhoun.  She is a certified Gocco fanatic whose work is fuelled by cups of tea, old radio plays & jazz.  Check out Magic Jelly’s blog: http://magicjelly.typepad.com/

Quiet - Limited edition gocco print
Quiet - Limited edition gocco print
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Limited Edition Screenprint - Goldfish 17\/39
Limited Edition Screenprint - Goldfish 17\/39
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cute autumn deer notebook - medium
cute autumn deer notebook - medium
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Keyboard Zipper Pouch w\/Detachable Ring- Bright Bright Yellow
Keyboard Zipper Pouch w\/Detachable Ring- Bright Bright Yellow
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ONE PINT SIZED TUMBLER WITH MICROSCOPE GRAPHICS
ONE PINT SIZED TUMBLER WITH MICROSCOPE GRAPHICS
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Ostrich with Serving Tray
Ostrich with Serving Tray
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handmade letterpress Gold Bird greeting card, blank inside, made in Maine, lace, pattern, purple, metallic, gold, silver, made in USA
handmade letterpress Gold Bird greeting card, blank inside, made in Maine, lace, pattern, purple, metallic, gold, silver, made in USA
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Holiday Gocco Gift tags - Scrolls - set of 5
Holiday Gocco Gift tags - Scrolls - set of 5
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print gocco PG 5 basic set
print gocco PG 5 basic set
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Screen Print (Gocco) - Fox and Flowers  - Limited Edition
Screen Print (Gocco) - Fox and Flowers - Limited Edition
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Original Mixed Media - Floyds Epiphany - Limited Edition
Original Mixed Media - Floyds Epiphany - Limited Edition
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Print Gocco Bulbs
Print Gocco Bulbs
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18 comments

  • MayaBella

    MayaBella said 9 years ago

    Oh my goodness! I just bought a Gocco! It is being shipped home to me as I type! I am so excited. I dont even know where to start but I will after checking all your resources! Thanks for this awesome article.

  • papermenagerie

    papermenagerie said 9 years ago

    A great overview of all the amazing Gocco art on Etsy! And thank you for the list of resources!

  • peachpops

    peachpops said 9 years ago

    I am a huge fan of Gocco too. I love the variety and the process of making the prints. The ink colors are so pretty. Thanks for a wonderful article MagicJelly!

  • dsbrennan

    dsbrennan said 9 years ago

    This article literally made me add a Gocco kit to my christmas list :-)

  • pookeh

    pookeh said 9 years ago

    great article, magicjelly. totally jonesing for a gocco machine now. must sell more jewelry to support craft addiction. . .

  • fadingflowers

    fadingflowers said 9 years ago

    great article magicjelly, i'm so glad that I invested in one. It is so much fun hopefully one day I could have a gocco gathering party.

  • EnfinLaVoila

    EnfinLaVoila said 9 years ago

    Nice, nice! I'm looking at my gocco for a few months now, and in januari i know what to do...

  • mycatlulu

    mycatlulu said 9 years ago

    Always fun!

  • trophiogrande

    trophiogrande said 9 years ago

    Gocco is a great system, those of you who are egtting a system soon will enjoy immensely!

  • Cabin

    Cabin said 9 years ago

    thanks for including me on the front page! love the article :)

  • GreenMamba

    GreenMamba said 9 years ago

    So much Gocco goodness! Thanks for sharing with us, magicjelly. I must spend more time with my PG-5 - still a Gocco-newbie-initiate . . .

  • atelierhoneybee

    atelierhoneybee said 9 years ago

    i heart gocco! *muah muah*

  • loadedhipspress

    loadedhipspress said 9 years ago

    Thanks, magicjelly. I'm so impressed with what people are doing with gocco. There's a Shu-Ju Wang exhibit at the Portland Chinese Gardens now I'm psyched to go check it out...

  • amuse

    amuse said 9 years ago

    great article! Our love for screen printing has just spread to the world of gocco! Can't wait to experiment more with it!

  • iveyhandcrafted

    iveyhandcrafted said 9 years ago

    Goodness this makes me want to buy a gocco system! Thanks for the awesome article!

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 9 years ago

    I want a kit too! I wish I had known about this a month ago, I would totally get one for my boyfriend. Great article!

  • secretjewellz

    secretjewellz said 9 years ago

    I don't know anything about gocco, but sure looks like fun and wonderful artist out there making great art. Thanks for a bit of insight into a different art.

  • Cutesypoo

    Cutesypoo said 9 years ago

    thanks for including me in your article! i really love my gocco i plan to use it more and more!

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