The thing I really like about Gocco is its unpredictability and imperfection. It leaves a lot of room for experimentation, and through my experiments, I've come up with three indispensable tools:
- Credit and Used Gift Cards. You know those credit card offers you get in the mail, with the pesky, non-recyclable fake credit cards? Save them to scrape and redistribute ink on the Gocco screen. Not only is it putting all those junk mail inserts to use, but it helps save on ink and prevent uneven, blotchy prints as well. Simply open the screen, run the card over the mylar sheet (not the burned side), and redistribute the ink onto the burned screen in places that are not printing consistently. Be sure to do a test print on scrap paper before returning to your intended materials.
- Scotch Tape. Sometimes a photocopy will have some stray carbon on it that will burn as little "pin holes" and will show up on your print. Rather than burning a new screen or scraping the ink off that spot, simply slap a little patch of scotch tape over the pin hole on the side of the screen that faces the mat. It stops the ink from coming through, but you can still see what you're doing.
- Duct Tape. When the grey grid pad that keeps your print in place loses its stickness (and if you do a lot of printing, it will), wrap some duct tape around your fingers and press it over the pad repeatedly. It will remove any lint and revive the pad's adhesive properties, and you'll get much more mileage out of your Gocco parts.