i need a mounting solution


Grumbler in Training
May 19, 2004
Bonita Springs, FL
One of our regular customers is an up and coming artist. Her art is fairly large, usually just over 30 x 40. The usual style is mounted on black foam core,onto linen matboard, in the frame with no glass. We tried glass on a few of them but the "art world" for lack of a better term thinks they look better without glass, plus easy to transport to shows and such.
It's on handmade paper, which is pretty heavy. And her pieces consist of several (10-30) layers of oil paint with deckled egdes. We've experimented with almost every mounting process. From just some heavy cloth tape in the corners so the art isn't altered in anyway. Drymounting is iffy because her work is so textured it presses down the high parts of the paint. So now we're using plain old white glue. It flattens under a piece of glass over night and turns out okay. Anyways, as you can see from this long narrative, the process is quite lengthy, and with her pieces being so huge, they take up a whole day, and almost the whole shop to get them done. On top of that, there's always a "but i need them ASAP" of course. If there are any suggestions that would make this easier it would be greatly apreciated. thanks
I was just down there visiting. Sorry I missed you. I stopped in a few shops but did not see yours. maybe next trip we have a cup of
Raise your prices...

Would really need to know more about the nature of the paper and the work to give specific suggestions. Perhaps some sort of fabric strapping can be incorporated into the paper making process that would provide a good way to hang the piece in the frame.
If you settle on using glue, Lineco makes a buffered PVA glue that might be better than something off the shelf.
Not glazing paper has inherent risks, and the artist should be aware of them, but in the end it's their stuff and they call the shots.
...and I was serious about the pricing. If they take an inordinate amount of time, and the artist needs rush service, by all means charge for it.
Richard Serra (hope i got the artist right, my little brain messes up sometimes)a well known artist has made it quite known that he is against glazing of his work. He had a show (i am told) at the National Gallery (again the small brain trying to puull it)in DC, where he did not useing glazing. These pieces would be $10,000-$20,000 a piece. A shop I worked at in DC had one come in and the owner refused to use glazing...we did do it. In a way it is the artists intention to have the work viewed like this. Now the framer has to deal. I do not agree, if I owned a piece that was worth more then $100.00 I would glaze it.
As to making it lay flat, without glazing it is difficult. Heck glazing only helps. It is paper and that be the beast, do let it be your beast of burden.
Patrick Leeland
Roll the sucker with Yes! Paste on the back of the paper and the mount then stick together.
Do these as the last thing of the afternoon... weight, and leave over night.

If they are insisting on NO GLAZING then they are dealing in "Wasting Art". It is an legitamate art medium.

I personally wish I had a wasting body that would get just a wee bit closer to the 210 mark. (that is POUNDS not Kilos) Why do I hear a certain islander snickering?
Here's an idea...offer to drymount the paper BEFORE she paints it. I used to have a pastel artist that we did that for all the time. Made both of our lives easier.