Printing on paper with the gocco was fun, so I knew using it to print on cloth would be the raddest thing ever. For the most part, I was right, and even my mistakes had some nice results.
After seeing jek-a-go-go's pillowbots
, I knew I had to try making toys by printing on cloth. So I grabbed some of my solid cotton fabrics, and for kicks I also pulled out some white handkerchiefs I had sitting around (as we all do, right?) and tried it out.
I was impressed with the results, and after the hankies were dry, I ironed them briefly, doo dee doo dee doo, just like the instructions said, then threw them in the wash. And man, how they faded! So I took a closer look at the instructions and it said to iron them for a minute
. In other words, about 6 times longer than I did! Um, whoops.
But you know, the faded look on the thin white handkerchiefs is kind of cool. So at least I have a trick up my sleeve if I ever want a ghostly effect. I printed on some other fabric later, ironed the images for a minute and then washed them, and the image stayed super dark and solid. So - lesson learned - iron the heck out of those puppies.
Hankies are kind of cool and dorky, don't you think? I don't use them for the usual purpose (I don't like carrying my snot around with me) but it's nice to have a piece of cloth with you, just in case. It's nice for blotting your face on a hot day, or, um, waving at departing cruise ships, or whatever. It seems kind of civilized. Especially when it has a little weird dude on it wearing a bowler hat.
If you have a mo', look at the flickr photos tagged with "gocco
". I love this
, and these
by molly chicken
By the way, Jeff got me the gocco for Christmas, and I got him a wacom tablet. I think he's getting as much fun
out of his prez as I am, yes?