I've had my gocco for about three years now, but this morning was the first time I used it to print on paper (I came at gocco not for paper arts but because I was looking to get into a screenprinting system I could do with one hand while rocking my baby daughter with the other). I know I'm seriously behind the curve* on this, but the thing is that, although I am in love with the idea of pretty much any hand-printing method, I realized early on that I had to draw the line at too many levels of handcraft with my cards (although between you & me? You know those old Martha Stewart to-do list jokes? The ones with things like "Dig streambed, divert river, plant organic heirloom papyrus for use in making handmade paper for this year's holiday cards. Also invent new method of making the perfect black ink"? I think there might have even been a joke list in an issue of MSL years ago. Anyway, if I had the time, that would be me, & not in an ironic way, either.).
But these cards? These are not for me, or for work. My little sister & her long-time boyfriend have finally gotten engaged, which means that I get to have some fun. The ordering-gocco-supplies, finally-having-a-reason-to-go-to-Paper-Source kind of fun. I have no idea if these are anything like where the final design will end up, but I had to have something to test print, now, didn't I?
*the other thing I am seriously behind the curve on is podcasts, probably because I don't have an ipod (yet, those new teeny shuffles are calling to me) & also because usually when I'm at my computer I've got one ear straining to hear sounds of sibling conflict in other parts of the house, so music is not high priority & I don't often have the time to listen even the most interesting long interview. But I just discovered (I've been doing a little research in preparation for the shuffle, see) kexp.org's (local indie radio station) Song of the Day podcast, & I'm completely in love. One song per day! Even I have time for that!