People inspiration – Julie West

I thought I’d take a quick moment to share with you artwork by my favourite gocco print artist (so far) Julie West. I love the lines in her illustration and the colour combination’s she uses.

She also does some great letter press work and vinyl toy design – two things I’d love to play with one day. You can see more of her work at the Julie West shop or the Julie West Flickr stream.

Pink ice cream people by Julie West
Pooping deer by Julie West
Pooping deer by Julie West

Gocco Ice-cream Squirrel

Today I worked on getting some more gocco prints done. I’m fairly happy with the results and glad I now have some more Moleskin notebooks with prints on them which might go in my one day to exist Etsy store… something I really should get onto.

Although I’m happy with the results there was no real creative achievement as I used an old design. I really should have tried something new like using 2 different coloured inks. Creative fail but on the positive side I think I improved my ability to clean the sticky gocco ink off of the master without ruining my house, furniture and clothes, and I have something to move forward from.

pre cut paper and notebook
Print run preparation - Preparing with pre cut paper and moleskin note books. Some varieties of paper work better than others… I am still testing grounds and working out the best stock for printing on.
Ink on master print
Inking the master - As you can see the master is stained green from the last ice-cream squirrel print run - this happens. it's pretty much impossible to clean a master to it's original state… luckily it doesn't effect the next round print quality at all.
Complete gocco prints
Complete gocco prints