Techniques for Self-Adhesive Boards

Self-adhesive mounting boards leave little room for error. Once adhered, art can’t be removed, repositioned or smoothed out. This is one of the reasons we don’t recommend it for original works of art. However, there are times when self-adhesive mounting boards are just what you want; for example, they provide structure to large posters and are ideal for collage work.

If you use a self-adhesive board, it is vital to get the artwork onto the board straight, even and without air bubbles. To do so, peel back one to two inches of the liner at a time, carefully positioning your art and adhering it to the top of the board first and working down in small increments. Press and smooth art onto the board as you peel back the rest of the release liner.

Another  way of mounting artwork to self-adhesive board is to lightly trace around the artwork on top of the protective paper. Remove the artwork and use an X-Acto knife to cut along the outline, then remove the paper from the mounting board and place artwork. You can then peel the rest of the protective paper from the sheet of mounting board and affix the mat board, if you wish.

cut and peel protective paper

carefully apply artwork to exposed adhesive

If you plan on cutting the board yourself, self-adhesive board can be cut the same way that standard board can be cut. No special tools or tricks necessary! But do keep the liner on until you’ve cut the board and are ready to mount your artwork.

Self-adhesive boards are a useful, but tricky framing material. Following these simple suggestions can create a world of possibilities for school projects, inexpensive poster framing and other creative projects. If you’ve worked with a self-adhesive board, snap a pic and let us see your results.

For more information, see our related article:

Do I Always Need A Mounting Board?

AubreyK | 8/20/2014 8:39:41 AM | 2 comments
American Frame

Correct! That's why you have to be extra careful when dealing with self-adhesive mounting board and also why we don't recommend it for original works of art.
8/22/2014 11:27:14 AM

It seems like this would become more difficult the larger the art. A small piece like in the example would be a snap!
8/22/2014 11:17:08 AM

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