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| p.2 #10 · How do you mount your prints? |
Ben Egbert, sorry for the belated reply. I keep a few things in mind. First use a heavy paper, something like a 325 g/m2. Exhibition Fibre is that, but there are of course others. Sheet paper is generally better than roll, but roll paper can be flattened with a 'de-roller'. That works for me on roll paper. Hinge mount it at the top onto a sturdy backing, not the window mat. Inert drop corners on the bottom, with room for the work to drop if the frame is ever dropped by accident. The hinges should then tear, not the artwork. Edge strips are made either from mulberry paper and stuck down with natural ph Pure Rice Starch. (Prepare it correctly), or from mylar with an adhesive strip pre-attached. Lineco make and supply them. The main objective should be to mount and frame your work in a way in which it can be reduced to its original state by de-construction of the matting and framing. There is no adhesive in existence that doesn't do damage to the substrate. Some are slower to cause the damage, but they all get there in the end. With glass on the mat, there should be no problem with the mat not lying flat. 8 ply matting is even better than 4 ply, of course. Many art galleries mount their artwork using edge strips. That's purely non-invasive and completely reversible.