Monday, November 20, 2006

Print Gocco! Go Coooooo!

Alright, well sorry about the title, I got a little excited there... I'm not sure how long you readers out there have been reading... but this past summer I bought I print gocco... and it made me happy... but what to make.. what to print? I had no idea... well it dawned on me and here she be. Lots of printing! I was hem hawing around about business cards.. something I've been really indecisive about. I really just don't like the idea of going to office max or some such thing for my business cards that will be promoting my handmade/fine art/organic fibers business. That just seems like a huge contradiction. Anyway, I was thinking about silk screening on some recycled paper... And then it hit me! I have a print gocco, it's the perfect size, and I also have old card catalogs that I have been wanting to use for something but nothing in particular, which are also the perfect size. These are the pictures after an hour of printing.














































































I then proceeded to print on just about anything I could... Vellum for instance...













Craft Paper...













Muslin.... and I would say that I like this one the best outside of the library catalog cards... although I'm not exactly sure what I would use it for...












When I cut them I can fold them to make a little plate card or just unfolded as a single business card with space for a personal note/message...












And I can also print them again to get a whole lot of little tags for products...












And I can use the bottom half, when the catalog cards are cut in half, as another product tag, but folded to put information about fiber content/price/weight... that kind of thing. Because they were catalog cards they already have a whole punch.













I also took a picture of the yarn while it was drying... I was impatient... Anyway, it's all tangled up because I yet again forgot to tie it. The worsted isn't so bad, but the sock yarn is going to give me a headache. It will be worth it though. The colors turned out great. A beautiful brownish grey and a deep chocolate brown.... I can't wait to knit it. I do really need to get a drying rack... like one of those folding ones for cloths. That would be perfect.












I have been working extra this week so I decided to spend a little bit of this money I have been hoarding and get two skeins of organic bulky undyed yarn... I want to say it's alpaca. But what to dye it with? I have been tooling around with the idea of lettuce. I read in my book... which has kind of become my natural dyeing bible... that you can get a bright yellow-green with tin and an avocado green with iron... Which one? Well I suppose because I have contaminated my pot with iron I better go for the avocado green.

Well I need to head off to the studio and do some more little paintings. I will post more pictures of the new ones on Wednesday (I did 5 on Saturday). And hopefully the yarn will be dry by then and I can post pictures of it.

Have a good couple of days everyone!

4 comments:

keri said...

Oh my goodness, your cards are so cute!

Kristin said...

Why thank you Keri!

Deanna said...

Those business cards are sweet! Far cooler than anything Staples could've done.

DIY makes me so happy. :)

Kristin said...

I know, I just couldn't go the Office Max/Staples way... it just didn't make any sense at all. I mean, I'm selling my handmade goods, plant dyed orgainic fibers, and fine art... Office max does not represent that in anyway... ah I love the print gocco! But what to make next with it?