Monday, March 16, 2009
my dear bff tsquared has a birthday very near my own. last year my gift to him was a day of gocco - he is a designer and i knew that he would love it and create something excellent. fast forward to now. until a few weeks ago, there was no design, no gocco day, no gift. our birthdays are in may! we were coming up on a year and have little time left together (he is leaving me) and figured it was literally now or never (wah!).
i had the gocco supplies and he had the paper goods of his selection. he drew a fabulously elegant peacock riding atop a bold elephant, perfectly fitting his personality. we made a saturday date and finally got the gocco gift show on the road.
when he arrived i got all the goods out and we set about creating the master. as you are probably well aware (since i have mentioned it 11 billion times), gocco supplies are limited, so we planned to use one screen for both the card design and the envelope. in went the bulbs, screen, and design sheet. i let tsquared press the machine to flash the master. pop and reveal...OH NO! the design only showed up faintly on the peacock of the card...we screamed and cried some, desperate for answers.
after closer inspection we found that the second bulb hadn't flashed because our paper was in the way of the eletrical connection. to save screens, tsquared lined up the design and i reflashed the original. one very bright flash later, the screen was set. we blocked the bottom from the top and used navy ink (i have 20+ inks but my last 3 gocco projects used this color...). i let tsquared do the work from here on out. it might not seem like a good birthday present (making your own), but i promise it was right for him. he likes crafts!
he printed the elephant design on small blue and large green cards - 60 total, i believe (though, it might have been only 40). we also inked a variety of other stock and cards i had laying around.
envelopes are important, toosince the elephant was already inked, we decided to cover it with paper so it wouldn't get on the enevelopes while printing. tsquared randomly inked flaps and fronts for a totally individual look. to further customize, we lined each of the large and small envelopes with coordinating scrap paper of different designs.
as you can see in the finished design, there is some noise around the peacock due to the overlapping flashed image. tsquared was ok with that, as gocco itself often results in a very imperfect, one-of-a-kind product. with the cards and envelopes all over my living room furniture, i'd say the extremely belated birthday fun was a success. we let them dry for a day and i brought them to work the following monday. now tsquared has a stack of custom cards to send me when he moves away. i promise i won't get sick of seeing this design in my mailbox on a weekly basis ;)
Labels: paper/graphic design