I know this tutorial is long over-due, but we have been so busy, and spending time blogging seemed almost decadent to me. But I've found a few minutes, as well as batteries for the camera. Enjoy!
The first step doesn't actually include the gocco at all. I planned the design of the card, and drew it first in pencil, full scale. Then I traced over the design with the carbon pen that was included in the kit. The carbon heats up the image enough to burn the image onto the screen.
Then comes the exciting part... Slide the blank screen into the gocco. Then position the artwork on the pad. You can check your placement through the window in the top.
Next, load two flashbulbs into the housing. These are one-time only use bulbs, so I always get really nervous right here.
Then, you snap the housing into the top. Press down with both hands until you hear the bulbs pop, and you see a flash of light. Hold it down for about 5-10 seconds after that to fully utilize the heat from the bulbs. Then, when you open the gocco, pull out the burned screen. You should be able to see where the image has burned through, like a stencil.
And that's how you burn the screen. The next process is printing, and I'll show you how that's done in my next post.