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Junior Thomas Jara; monotype project in graphic design class.

Junior Thomas Jara; monotype project in graphic design class.

Vicki Francis

Vicki Francis

Junior Thomas Jara; monotype project in graphic design class.

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Sophomore Willard McCall was taking Graphic Design 1 and learned about making monotypes with local artist Amy Nack.

The process of making monotypes is a hands on technology, it all started with a soy-based paint that students spread on a gel plate, creating a design. Using a roller brush students spread the paint on the plate, and then they pressed a piece of paper on top, creating an impression of the artwork of the gel plate.

“Complicated but rewarding,” McCall said.

Graphic Design students made all the posters for homecoming events with original designs but used the same font and font sizes.

“Nice to feel appreciated and help people with making posters for the different events,” McCall said.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help,” he said.

In the future Willard is excited for other kids to make monotypes and would want to do it again.

“Don’t stress about it just have fun,” he said.

Junior Kobe Clouthier also participated in the monotype lessons with Nack.

The gel plates they used were flexible and squishy with 5×5 sizes, but they also had circular shapes as an option.

“They are soft and squishy textures, the gel plates start off clear but over time they start to dye in color because of the ink coloring,” Clouthier said.

When they were ready to lay the paper down students didn’t have to press hard because the paint spreads quickly; when it transferred the design it’s was a mirror image of the gel plate. But with too much ink, it wouldn’t dry and it would be super shiny.

“You don’t have to press very hard to transfer the design, and also don’t want to add too much ink or else it won’t dry fast,” Clouthier said.

When students used the stencils they were able to make any design they desired.

“The stencils are made out of cardstock so you can cut into them,” he said.

“I would ask someone what kind of design they are doing, and what ideas they might have in mind,” he said.

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