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Careful Considerations for Mounting Art

Careful consideration should be made when you are mounting and framing your artwork. There are various types of mounting techniques and we will highlight three commonly used.

A common type of mounting used at The Fine Art & Frame Company (FAFC) is conservation mounting. Conservation mounting protects the artwork by using acid free products including acid free board, mat, and adhesive. By using acid free materials, it will keep acid from damaging the artwork over time. This method is commonly used by museums and is best for fine art and for protecting artwork for a long time.

Dry Mounting is another method that adheres the art to a rigid piece of foam board. It is used with photos, prints and posters. Dry mounting is not recommended for fine art that should be protected. One advantage to dry mounting is that it can remove creases present in the piece.

A float mount makes the image appear to be hovering over the mat. It is a great option if the piece has an edge that you want to be able to show. For example, an old photo that has worn edges or a watercolor that have a textured edge. By using a hinge tape, the piece can removed easily from the mat at a later time. A popular look trending now is a white mat with the artwork on white art paper floated.

Things to consider when having artwork mounted to be framed include, the value of the artwork, the length of preservation of the artwork you would like, and the cost. Feel free to ask any of the art consultants at The Fine Art & Frame Company for recommendations on the best mounting technique for your piece.

Artwork featured is Neuville and is available at The Fine Art & Frame Company.

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