And I feel so free, yeah I feel alright.

Last week when I was organizing my workspace, I found some of my raggedy old sketchbooks1 and suddenly got a burst of inspiration to pick up a pencil and draw for no specific reason — not for a job requirement and not for anything other than fun. I’ve been trained2 to sit in front of the computer and work, work, work for so long that I was concerned that I didn’t know how to draw in freewheeling fashion anymore; you know, draw without having to think if it’s “marketable”, “on-strat”, or “what the client wants”. I’m the “client” in this case. My Arn3, the true artist in the household, says that sketching is just like riding a bike4 — once the ability is in you, it’ll always be in you — and that one should never overthink what he or she doodles.
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Armed with that thought, I sat down and came up with the following. Don’t ask me why I decided to draw cutesy girls in nippy weather wear, that’s just what came out. Maybe I’ve been listening to too much Swedish pop?
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Cynthia Arre art (set 1)
“Jumper Girl”; “Scarfed Sweetie”
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Cynthia Arre art (set 2)
“Kitten-Smitten”; “Mittened Miss”
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Cynthia Arre art (set 3)
“Bohemian Belle”; “Pleated Posh”
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And because I’m ever the multi-tasker, I just had to slap the illustrations onto some items over at my shop The Paper Basket so do feel free to spread the love and purchase a tee or two if you like. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Oh! So girly
Clickety here.
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Now to prove that I never really stop working, here’s a real project. Lori of Dessert Comes First, one of my favorite food blogs, recently asked me to design headers for her website using photos that she took. The food shots were gorgeous so I made a simple template to allow the images to do the “talking”.
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Dessert Comes First header designs
Yummy, huh? The fourth one is my favorite – photo and layout-wise.
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Fortunately she liked 5 of the 6 studies I submitted so I suggested that maybe she can ask her programmer to make them all load randomly each time the page refreshes, kind of like what I did for my friend Tippi‘s site. I’m happy to see that it’s now being implemented. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Back from when I was a college freshman so hello, that was 20 years ago![ back]
  2. By my OC self. There’s no one else to blame, really.[ back]
  3. He’s the other way around, he churns out illustrations like they’re liquid.[ back]
  4. Yet another activity I haven’t done in years. Let’s see if that metaphor is true… [ back]
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They’re just paper cuts, I’ll sellotape them up.

Because I have a new efficient workspace, I thought of giving my nearly two-year-old yet never-been-used Print Gocco a whirl today.
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Gocco
Finally! It’s been sitting inside that box for too long. These pics were taken in October 2006.
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I bought my Print Gocco PG-5 at the Shibuya Tokyu Hands in 2006 for an amazing 6825yen (or US$63.60)1 — I say amazing because it can cost as much as US$1952, about thrice what I paid for!, in some US Gocco supplier shops so I would say that Japan is the best place to get it from3. Just remember to pronounce it this way, Purinto Gokko, to avoid awkward Rost in Transration moments. ๐Ÿ˜‰

UPDATE (9.20.08): Exciting news, everyone! I just found out that the Gocco and its supplies are available here in the Philippines! Tin, a stay-at-home-mom based in Iloilo sells Gocco kits, inks, bulbs, and other paraphernalia you will need to lead the Gocco life via her cute little shop, One Tiny Party. Her site also features pics of her pretty Gocco’d artworks and a lot of helpful tips and links for everyone interested in going Gocco. [go!]
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So let me take you through my enjoyable Print Gocco experience.
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Gocco Step by Step
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1) Aww, that’s little PeeGee with all her accessories inside her crib. Since Gocco supplies are hard to come by in the Philippines4, I made sure to stock up on inks, screens, and bulbs when we were in Japan.
2) I wanted to conserve my bulbs and screens (the bulbs especially since you need two bulbs per print and they can only be used once) so to make the most of them, I made 4 gift tag designs to fit one 4″ x 6″ screen. I used the special carbon ink based pen that’s specially made for use with the Gocco to sketch my master.
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Gocco Step by Step
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3) The bulbs are now screwed onto the print hood and my master has been inserted into the PG window.
4) A quick, heavy press on the lid will cause the bulbs to flash, indicating that the master image has been burned to the screen.
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Gocco Step by Step
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5) And the fun begins: here’s my screen after I squeezed paint on it. I made sure to put blocking tape in between the portions where I didn’t want color to bleed into each other.
6) The screen is now positioned inside the PG’s lid again and we’re ready to get it on. Printing via Gocco produces results similar to silkscreen printing except that the process is easier, less messy, and lots of fun but, okay, more expensive because of the limited availability of supplies.
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Gocco Step by Step
7) Tadah, my very first print!
8) Here they all are, waiting to dry. Incidentally, the wooden case is a cassette tape crate given to me ages ago by my brother. I haven’t used it in a while5 but I discovered that it makes a good card-drying rack.
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Gocco
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Not so bad for a first print although I would’ve wanted it to be less colorful. And now I can’t wait to try using layers and different paper patterns and textures so I guess you’ll be seeing more of these printing experiments from now on.
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(For those who ended up on this site looking for Print Gocco PG-5 instructions, allow me to point you to the excellent tutorial by Felt Cafe which I myself referred to while working on my prints.)

  1. PHP 2,565.20 according to the XE-UCC[ back]
  2. PHP 7,868.25[ back]
  3. But if you can’t wait and must have it NOW, then it’s worth coughing up the dough for.[ back]
  4. And ordering online internationally is mucho expensive.[ back]
  5. Who listens to tapes anymore?[ back]
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I'm Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, a Filipino watercolor artist & graphic designer. I live in QC with my graphic novelist husband Arnold and our friendly marmalade tabby Abbas. This blog has been chronicling my life, likes, and loves since 2001. [ more ]

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