Going Gocco

Can you believe my mother-in-law has had a Gocco printer for YEARS and we only tried it out this weekend?

Figuring out how to use it was a snap—we just watched this tutorial video from Etsy. The hardest part was sitting around trying to come up with something to draw. That took… an embarrassingly long time.

Anyway, I finally settled on a mess of little rectangular monsters. (Bonney insisted on refraining from printing her own design for this trial run.)


(Apologies for the cell phone photos, btw.)

The Gocco contraption lets you burn your image onto a screen, then you paint the screen with ink and use the same contraption to press the ink through the screen onto paper.

I didn’t take any pictures during the screen-burning process (it was too nerve-racking!), but here is the printing process, as demonstrated by Bonney.





You can apparently make up to 50 or so prints with one inking!

Here’s a better view of the finished print on brown paper.


This was so much fun that it’s tempting to imagine getting my own and printing up tons of stationery. If only I wrote more notes!

6 thoughts on “Going Gocco

  1. That is so cool! My husband and I do custom cards every Christmas with our own poem and illustration and this would be so nice to use. Maybe someone will start manufacturing it again.

  2. Those rectangular monsters are so cute!

    I don’t want to sound stoopid, but what is a Gocci printer? I have never heard of it, but it looks really fun! :)

  3. It’s a kind of small printer made in Japan (well, they stopped making them for a while, but I think I heard recently that they were being made again).

    Check out the Etsy video that I linked to and they’ll show you how it works!

  4. I have a Gocco and absolutely love it. Unfortunately, the company has stopped making them and the bulbs used to make the screens are very hard to find. So I’m out of bulbs and can only dream of using mine.

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