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Mounting Stretched Canvas

Because there is no mat or glass involved in framing stretched canvas, it is among the easiest items to frame. However, canvas stretched on stretcher bars is often thicker than the depth of the frame you’re putting it into. Although so called canvas frames exist, they are limited in variety and availability, so many framers end up using regular frames for stretched […]

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Hanging Paper Art

HINGING PAPER ART Pocket corners and mounting strips may be used separately or in combinations to hold artwork against the back support. It is important to allow some room for movement, or buckling will occur with changes in humidity. Pocket corners and mounting strips are available in art supply stores, photography suppliers, or craft supply stores. Mounting corners and mounting strips […]

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Mounting Paper Art

The term ‘mounting’ can be confusing. For framers, mounting generally refers to a full adhesion of artwork to a backing board (substrate). Full mounting completely restricts the art, so it is a very useful process for flattening and adding rigidity to decorative paper art, but it is not suitable for fine art. Although some mounting products claim to be reversible, they […]

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Spray Adhesives

Spray mounting is quick and inexpensive, but does not ensure a lasting bond. There are a number of spray adhesives available. The bond is achieved by applying pressure with a roller or squeegee. Be sure to apply a thorough, even layer of adhesive. For the best bond, allow the mounted piece to dry under an even weight such as a […]

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Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Mounting

Pressure-sensitive adhesive is essentially a giant piece of double-sided tape. Mounting with pressure-sensitive adhesives is sometimes called “cold mounting.” These adhesives are used primarily for smaller-sized pieces no larger than 20″x24″. Mounting boards pre-coated with pressure-sensitive adhesive— often called “sticky boards”—are available in standard sizes. To mount paper using a sticky board: 1. Peel the protective sheet from the adhesive side […]

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Wet Mounting

Wet mounting is the oldest method of permanently adhering paper or fabric to a substrate (backing board). In wet mounting, a wet paste is used in a technique similar to wallpapering. The paste is applied to the substrate, the back of the print is dampened, the two are put together, and pressure is applied until the piece is dry. Because the […]

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Permanent Mounting

Dry mounting involves a tissue impregnated with adhesive placed between the artwork and the mounting board, which is usually foamboard. With the application of heat the adhesive melts, creating a uniform coat of adhesive between the artwork and the mounting board. With the use of a steel platen or vacuum, the artwork is pressed uniformly against the mounting board. The resulting mount is […]

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