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Mounts For Artists

If you  regularly work on paper to a fixed size or you are selling prints you can order our standard size mounts, or custom mounts which will fit into standard (off the shelf) frames. This is a great help if you are selling mounted prints, as the customer does not have to worry about the cost of framing too much.  Of course, you can always fit them into ready made frames yourself.  Standardisation gives you the extra benefit of being able to swap your pictures around in frames, whilst keeping them protected by the mounts when not framed,  and it means that you do not have to outlay on a large stock of frames.

Mounts also perform an important task by keeping the artwork off the glass in the frame. They can also enhance your work, and its resale price.  The wrong mount on your picture will look like a train crash, and buyers can be very conservative. A subtle white or ivory mount wont put off any buyers, but a lime green mount might, even if it does go with the picture.  Just like beige walls sell houses in the sell-your-house TV programmes, neutral colour mounts sell pictures.

The same picture shown  framed in a typical "TV program" style, and typical "Cornwall Gallery" style - the neutral mount is suitable for either, and it goes with the neutral light wood, or a black frame, a blue frame....whatever your buyer has in mind, and it wont clash with their decor.
 
   
 
This is why its a good plan to keep to neutral mounts, particularly if you sell to people outside of your local area. Tastes in framing vary from town to town. A colleague of ours in a town ten miles away hardly sells any of the "white frame" look which seems to be in vogue with nine out of ten galleries here, whilst we make them for customers on a daily basis!

We generally recommend acid-free white-core boards for art mounts. Not only do these give great protection, but the white core adds to the presentation, particularly if your work is in an exhibition or gallery alongside someone else's work where you need the edge. Standard board (budget board) is also stocked in all the key colours if cost is a consideration.  Standard (neutral ph) boards have a slightly cream core.

If selling mounted prints (unframed) you need backing boards to protect them. Mount board is fine, but for larger mounts we recommend Art-Bak®.

Art-Bak® Standard – Guaranteed to remain pH Neutral for more than 300 years. The Art-Bak® range also benefits from a slight curve that will help keep your artwork flatter. Art-Bak® Standard is popular with framers across the UK, and we use it in our own workshops as both a frame and a mount backing.

Some people prefer the "natural" cream core boards, but we always advise that they are not suitable for valuable pictures, or items which cannot be replaced, or for long term protection.  "Museum" board is hard to define. Which museum? What do they use the board for?  We sell mounts in conservation boards and standard boards to museums!

A double mount is probably one of the most effective and economical steps you can take to instantly enhance your art and make it more enjoyable or saleable.  Take care to choose a key colour from your image for the inner highlighting colour.

Some double mount examples

Here's a famous old picture of Penzance, called "the Rain it Raineth". In a cream mount and framed. With a double mount (cream outer, Beaujolais inner)

with a green inner mount  with a blue inner mount

with a black inner mount

Its always worth considering a double mount. Not only does this space your artwork from the glass when framed, it can greatly enhance the presentation.

If you are selling prints you can order our standard size mounts, or custom mounts which will fit into standard (off the shelf) frames. This is a great help if you are selling mounted prints, as the customer does not have to worry about the cost of framing too much.  Of course, you can always fit them into ready made frames yourself.  Standardisation gives you the extra benefit of being able to swap your pictures around in frames, whilst keeping them protected by the mounts when not framed,  and it means that you do not have to outlay on a large stock of frames.

Frames to match the following mount sizes are readily available high street outlets, photographic dealers, and some big-box DIY and furnishing warehouses.  The big outlets may keep only the metric sizes, or a mix of both.  The UK frame market has fairly well accepted 40x30cm and 50x40cm as a replacement/alternative to the traditional 16x12 and 20x16 inch sizes. The two sizes are fairly close - so if you already have frames, measure them carefully before ordering mounts!

Imperial Frame Sizes (INCHES): 6x4 inches, 7x5 inches, 8x6 inches, 9x7 inches, 10x8 inches, 12x8 inches (12x8 is a common photographic print size) 12x10 inches, 14x10 inches, 14x11 inches, 16x12 inches, 20x16 inches, 20x24 inches,  30x20, 30x24 inches.

Metric Frame Sizes: (CM) 15x10cm, 25x20cm, 30x25cm, 40x30cm, 45x30cm,  50x40cm, 70x50cm   - 70x50cm is a popular print and poster size - 30x30 and  40x40cm square  frames are becoming available in many outlets. 

Mounting your art for display is a great way of presenting and preserving your work. If you are re-selling prints, particularly via other peoples shops, you do need to wrap them. Clear cellophane on the roll is economical and very good looking. You simply wrap the mounted photo, and tape up the back with clear tape. Job done. If you need to see how to fix a picture into a mount, see our mounts FAQ. Here are the essentials!

  • You should never use sellotape or similar to attach your picture behind the window. Likewise you should never use masking tape. It is designed only to be temporary – these type of products are designed for other applications and may  quickly damage your picture and not stay stuck for as long as you think. Gum tape is best.

  • Fix the picture at its top only (the correct way). This way it will fit and stay flat behind the window of the mount, You should not fix it all the way round.

  • If you are reselling your pictures you should fit a backing to the mount, the usual method is with double sided tape.
    Daylight and strong sunlight (in fact any light) will fade your mounts and photos! Keep this in mind when placing the price stickers etc if putting them in shop windows, and rotate the stock regularly!

There are, of course, many methods of fixing photos into mounts. The important issue is not to use any fixings or tapes that you can't undo, or which will damage your work. There are various types of "hinge" methods, or clear photo corners which are available. In our FAQ section we have shown you the "real world" way that many photographers and artists use.

See more about standard sizes here

Acid Free/Conservation/Standard? see MOUNT BOARD SPECIFICATIONS 

See some of our artists work in our links pages.

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