Are you Loco for Gocco?

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Print Gocco Machine

by Elaine Luther

Do you know Print Gocco and what it can do for you? Print Gocco is a small thermal silkscreen machine from Japan. I know, I know, PMC, Cork Clay and Print Gocco, Japan, what gifts you send us!

I’ve had my Print Gocco for something over 10 years, I got it from Rio Grande, where they used to sell it as the “Multi-Color Printer.” You can still get a Print Gocco from Rio as a “Etch Master Printer,” and you can use it to silkscreen on a special resist for etching.

I bought mine for both printing resist and to print with ink. I’ve used it to print resist, to print multi color earring cards, to print specific show dates on the back of full color postcards, and to print custom book name plates and shirts as gifts.

I’ve posted for years on Orchid on the wonders of the Print Gocco but hesitated to mention it here because of the parent corporation’s decision to stop selling the supplies in the U.S. And indeed, the Print Gocco disappeared from my favorite supplier’s shelves.

Now Print Gocco is back in stock at Paper Source and multiple online sources!

In addition, should Gocco supplies ever, God Forbid, go out of stock, alternative supplies now exist for continuing to use the Gocco. The hardest “replacement” item to overcome is the flash bulbs, but even that can be overcome by using alternate methods to create the screen. Hopefully though, that won’t become an issue.

So where can you buy this wonderous machine? Where can you see online tutorials? Videos? Buy supplies? Buy new and used machines? Read about it in the New York Times?

Lots of Links below to help you with all of that.

But first, let’s talk about what you can use a Print Gocco machine for:

- print your own earring cards in multi color

- make your own screens for printing on polymer clay

- to print a resist for etching on metal

In addition to those jewelry related tasks, you can also print cards, art and shirts. To print on fabric you’ll need an accessory kit and a different kind of ink.

Where to buy:


Paper Source

Felt Club on Etsy

RISO GOCCO Corp. website

New York Times Article here.

Online tutorials and sites with more pictures and info.:

Holiday Card at DIY Life

Print Gocco Overview at DIY Life

History of Print Gocco at Save Gocco

Print Gocco Flickr Pool

There is also a Gocco group at Indie Public.

Update: Here’s a link to an article on Etsy, with a link to a how-to use Gocco video, here.

Update May 30, 2008: It looks like the reprieve is over. This link to an article about the Riso Kagaku company site says that indeed, Gocco machines will be discontinued, as will supplies at some point in the future. So back to hoarding consumable Gocco supplies! Stock up!

Print Gocco Box II

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7 Responses to “Are you Loco for Gocco?”

  1. Tamra on 12 Feb 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I need one of those for etching…

  2. Marco Fleseri on 12 Feb 2008 at 1:57 pm

    i love the Gocco! I first used one almost 20 years ago and a couple years ago thought about getting one to do etching resist work, only to find that no one stocked them anymore. so this is good news.

  3. Donna Lewis on 13 Feb 2008 at 9:20 pm

    thanks for the heads up Elaine! Couldnt get a response from Riso last spring. This is great!

  4. Emie on 20 Feb 2008 at 7:40 am

    Thanks for the post on this… I’ve never heard of it before and I’m intrigued. I’m off to watch a video on how it works.
    Thanks, Emie

  5. Judy on 26 May 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Hi, Elaine,
    Kudos on the great blogspot!
    Thanks for the post about gocco, and for posting my website as a resource.
    I am very interested in learning more about metal etching with gocco - any more links on that aspect, or anyone who wants to trade info?
    Ampersand had an article a while back, but it’s no longer available…

  6. Elaine on 30 May 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Hmm. I actually like PnP (Press ‘n Peel Paper) better for etching than the Print Gocco. But if you want to try it, you buy the Blue Resist from Rio Grande and use it just like ink with a Gocco Screen.


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