Thermofax Screen Printing on Paper

Gocco / thermofax screen printing on paperScheduled dates in 2022:
Please contact us to request this course.

3 hours

Venue: INTRA
Suitable for ages 14+.

Make a lightweight thermofax / Gocco screen from your own artwork using this super easy screen printing method. Print with water-based screen printing inks using a plastic squeegee and take the screen home for more printing.

Gocco / thermofax screen printing‘Thermofax’ screens can be made with the Print Gocco system and are printed with water based ink onto paper or textiles, much like regular screen printing but with lighter frames and squeegees. It’s a great method for artwork with line art and solid colour, only takes a few minutes to make up a screen, and offers an instant solution for screen printing smaller work.

The screens last well, are very easy to store, and can be reused again and again. Use your screen to print party invites, t-shirts, birthday cards, bags, fabric, stationery and wrapping paper etc.

In this workshop led by Xtina Lamb, you’ll expose the heat sensitive screen mesh with your own artwork, stretch it on a plastic frame, then print onto paper, card or textiles using a squeegee and one ink colour at a time. You’ll see some of Xtina’s Gocco machine collection, and use a Riso MiScreen to expose your screen.

Print Gocco kit for screen printing

Riso SP-180 and SP-275 Screenfax machines

Workshop includes:

  • Create and keep a Gocco thermofax screen
  • Use your own artwork or source an image from the studio’s design library
  • Print onto paper, card or textiles
  • Compare Gocco, Screenfax and MiScreen machines
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Look at examples of Gocco / Thermofax work

It’s a small group so you’ll have individual attention, and all the materials are included in the price. No printing experience is necessary. Blogged reviews that give you a great idea of what this workshop is like:
What Katie Does
The Gift Shed


On booking you will be sent details of the types of artwork that work best with this system. You can bring along artwork to use or create or copy something on the day. The general rule is to use clear black and white lineart with good contrast, and avoid grey tones and shading. You can bring along images on a memory stick, or print outs at up to A5 size (approx 15cm x 21cm). If you don’t have your own design to work with, you can pick something from the studio’s design library with hundreds of illustrated and vintage books.


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If you have any questions about the course or payment, please call or send us an email.


Please give us as much notice as possible if you are not able to come to a course that you have booked. If you cancel with seven or more days notice, we will reschedule or refund your booking. For cancellations less than seven days before the workshop date – we may be able to offer you a discount on a future booking, but please note that we have to cover space, preparation and tutor costs and if you cancel at the last minute we still have to pay for these.

What are Thermofax and Print Gocco?

‘Thermofax’ is often used as a generic term for systems that use the same heat sensitive mesh as Print Gocco. It is popular for printing on textiles, but is also used to make self-inking rubber stamps. Thermofax machines can only process the less fine grades of mesh (70 – 100 thread) and the mesh is fed through the machine on rollers. When using thermofax machines to make screens, line art is more successful than blocked areas of colour, but thermofax screens made with a Riso Screenfax can cope very well with both types of artwork.

Print Gocco is a small scale system for making short runs of about 200 or 300 postcard sized prints inside a machine that easily fits on a kitchen table. It is commonly used with oil based inks, but you can also make screens to print with water-based inks and a squeegee. The system uses a fine mesh (70 – 200 thread) with a heat sensitive coating and when it is exposed with carbon-based artwork, a stencil is created instantly. Gocco machines use flash bulbs that have to be discarded after use, but Riso Screenfax machines have bulbs that can be re-used thousands of times.

Print Gocco was hugely popular for home use in the 80s in Japan, where there is a tradition of hand making New Year’s cards. Sadly the production of machines and supplies has stopped and the future of Gocco is uncertain. Xtina Lamb is one of a handful of UK-based Gocco printers to run courses. She has collected equipment and supplies that will allow her to use the Gocco machines and run workshops for many years to come.

Selection of Gocco screens and one being printed

5 thoughts on “Thermofax Screen Printing on Paper

    • Hi Steve
      Maybe try Welsh Products in the US?
      I’m afraid I can’t help you with the servicing issue, but maybe XpressScreen folks can suggest something.

  1. Hello… been looking for the blue mesh for my thermofax. Seems Riso has changed over to a white mesh which I am not fond of.
    Would you know anyone who sells the blue mesh 100 count?

    Thank you,

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