When you’re framing, properly securing your artwork, photography, or work on paper to your mounting board or mat board is crucial. Knowing how to mount a photo or artwork is essential to good visual presentation, and to long-term preservation and safety.
As always, using the right picture framing tools is important. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right blog. American Frame has the right picture framing materials and tools to secure your artwork properly through any of the following techniques:
Securing artwork with adhesives
This is a professional, heat-activated method of adhering artwork to a backing board, using a specially formulated adhesive board. The board is placed in a special press, with pressure then being applied by a vacuum to secure the artwork against the board. As the temperature rises, the adhesive is activated and the artwork is adhered to the backing board.
The standard mount is permanent, and economical.
We strongly recommend an archival mount on preservation board for most framing situations. It’s acid-free and can be undone, if necessary, but only by a professional.
Dry mounting is commonly used for open-edition prints and posters, and photography.
Hinging with Tape
Hinging is often used when items of significant value are being framed because the process can easily be undone, if necessary. With hinging, artwork is attached to a backing board or mat with hinges consisting of small pieces of tape. This technique has little to no adverse effect on the long-term preservation of the artwork.