Mounts – important elements in the picture framing process
About picture mounts : Their role : Quality issues
Mounts and backing should be important elements in the framing process. Visually, mountboards can look wonderful when carefully underplayed beside the work on display, whilst also giving emphasisfrom fabulous to subtle when required. Mounts are also vital to protect and preserve artwork at the same time as showing it off.
Mounts come in a wide range of quality, colours and thicknesses. The super-thick 4.1 mm gives a superbly architectural and modern feel with a deep, sharp wide bevel. Alternatively, mounts can be wash-lined to order, hand painted in watercolour with specific colours mixed for individual artworks. Fabric mounts add texture, and often depth for box framing.
Differing border sizes, colour combinations and textures create infinitely variable, unique expressions of individual taste, and multiple mountboards can be combined to excellent effect.
Experimenting with colour and design shows how the look of an image can be changed; we can ‘spruce up’ an old picture with a fresh clean mount or colour option to suit new decor, or we can go for a timeless, classic mount.
Conservation Framing : Mountboard requirements
Conservation framing requires that a mount meets a minimum standard, backs the artwork as well as faces it, and that any tapes used in the process also meet a minimum standard and are applied correctly. The chances are high that many items framed over ten years ago, or that are bought ready framed will have acidic mounting materials, which will burn into any artwork leaving visible damage. Any standard quality board will do this within approximately two years.
Mountboard with molecular traps, to prevent the deterioration caused by airborne pollutants is an option for protecting artwork more comprehensively.
To date, Alphamat Artcare is the only board to offer this, therefore it is the type of board we use by default in our framing workshop.
There are several kinds of mountboard available for use depending on requirements: