the cross-bearing ram

15 Jun

I finally did it – got my third animal pattern moleskine finished for the upcoming etsy shop and am happy to have rounded out the series… for now at least. I do have several sketches/designs, but no time to execute another edition until mid-August. I’ll get to that in a bit, but first here is the finished gocco screenprint: I held a fun contest on the nature’s my friend twitter, and offered up a free copy to the first person to guess what animal was on my latest design. I think I got over 100 guesses some of which included: moose, marmot, cougar, wolf, antelope, chipmunk, owl, bear, racoon, blackbird, squirrel, fox, eagle, bobcat, jackalope, lynx, otter, rabbit, coyote, mole, loris, aardvark, pltypus, or wombat. After about 40 minutes and over 100 guesses, miss Anika Starmer finally said Big Horned Ram. Congrats lady, that lovely copy is already on it’s way to you. If you’re a bit jealous of Anika’s luck, don’t be!  You can win a free moleskine journal too, all you have to do is follow @naturesmyfriend on twitter. I haven’t ever really done this before, but I know a lot of you are curious about the GOCCO process, and may have never seen one in action, so I made a short video of me printing a layer. This machine can be used if I am working on an image that is smaller than 4×6, otherwise I mount my screens to larger frames and use a squeegee to print them the traditional way. A couple apologies to note: first sorry for the awkward angle (must remember to film horizontally next time), second apology: this obviously isn’t the entire process (ie: screen processing with my thermofax, stretching the screen, inking, the printing of each color layer, etc), I just wanted you to get an idea of the layering behind the gocco/screenprint process, and how each color must be “registered” (aka lined up) with the previous layers. I hope you like it… Music courtesy of The Pretty Lights.

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9 Responses to “the cross-bearing ram”

  1. cArol 15/06/2011 at 11:25 #

    This is so cool and beautiful. Thanks for sharing. You are so talented, girl!
    Do you know how much I love Moleskines and the music of PrettyLights too?

  2. Russelle Adams 15/06/2011 at 11:28 #

    Those look great! I’m following!!

  3. Almost Monday 15/06/2011 at 12:10 #

    Lovely! If a ram can be lovely! :) Can’t wait to watch the video!

  4. Jeannine | SaylorMade 15/06/2011 at 12:40 #

    NICE! Should have been a jackalope, but a Big Horned Ram is pretty cool. ;-)

  5. Crystal 15/06/2011 at 12:44 #

    This is amazing! I am going to have to go check out this machine you are using. It looks like I NEED IT!
    I sent something off your way at the start of the week but just found out that there is a lock out. I hope it makes it to you soon. I just received an invite in the mail that was sent within Montreal a month ago and I missed the art show because of it :(
    I hope it will make it to you soon! Keep up the amazing work and I can’t wait to see your shop up and running.
    Much Love,
    Crystal

  6. Kye Sangha 15/06/2011 at 13:11 #

    Very nice! I’ve got a screen-print set up in the studio, waiting to be used- never have! But you are so inspiring, maybe I’ll dust that puppy off!

  7. ezerd 15/06/2011 at 16:04 #

    You rock. I love reading your posts. Great stuff!

  8. Charlotte 15/06/2011 at 16:05 #

    This is such a lovely print! And it’s on a moleskin-bonus! And thank you for sharing some of the process-second bonus!

  9. anika 16/06/2011 at 01:27 #

    You are making me want to dust of my gocco and print stuff! very cute video & you know I’m a fan of that print!!

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