This guide will go through the various methods of mounting your artwork so you can get them properly displayed in picture frames , show kits or on their own. There are multiple options for mounting your artwork with matboard, including whether or not to use conservation materials and adhesive vs. non-adhesive matting. There are pros and cons to each method but there are some key principles which apply to all mounting.
Here are some key tips off the top
The video below goes over all the methods.
Adhesive methods require some adhesive to touch the art. The materials and adhesives used are very important to consider, here are some popular options.
Household Tape: Simplest and cheapest option but acids and impurities can leech onto your art work and discolor it.
Linen Tape/Artist Archival Tape: Similar to household scotch tape since it is clear but because it is archival it will not damage the art work.
Self-Adhesive Mounting Board: Mounting board with adhesive material that the image can be directly adhered to. Easy to do but difficult to reverse and may deform or bubble over time.
Dry Mount: Directly attach the art work to the mounting board using heat and glue. Requires dry mounting equipment. Looks great but it’s impossible to reverse and may bubble or get out of shape over time. Here is a video showing the dry mounting process.
The most simple adhesive method to attach the art to the mat is to simply attach a few strips of tape across the back of the art and matboard. Remember to only tape the top edge. You can also attach photo strips or corners on the back of the mat (more detail in non-adhesive methods), and slide in your art work if you choose.
Photo Corners: Triangle corners similar to those in photo albums. The corners are attached to the backing board or matboard, and the art work slides into them without any adhesive. Perfect for conservation matting since no adhesive comes in contact with the art, and it is highly reversible.
See-Thru Mounting Strips: A Mylar plastic strip enclosure with an adhesive attached to it. You simple attach the strip to the mounting board, and then slide your art through the Mylar. Perfect for conservation matting since no adhesive comes in contact with the art, and it is highly reversible.
As you saw in the previous video, you can create a complete set with the matboard and backing board combined. Here is how.