Sink mat question

Sherry Lee

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I am putting a 30 x 22 original watercolor into a sink mat because of the heavy, curled and wavy paper. I have always avoided using ATG (even gold) near ANY original artwork, but I'm thinking that is the only way the matboard is going to be held down onto the sink mat. Note: The ATG would be placed on the sink mat.

Is this acceptable? If I hinge the top mat, the mat will just be pushed out by the edges of the curled artwork (heavy, stiff paper).

Suggestions?
THANK YOU!
 

FramerDave

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If I recall correctly, this was covered in one of the preservation framing supplements to PFM at some point. Hugh explained it pretty well, but I'll give it a shot.

You'll want to attach a few lengths of linen tape to the back of the mat close to the window. These can then be passed through some corresponding slits in the backing, pulled snug and attached to the back. Hope that makes sense.
 

Tommy P

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According to my watercolor artist wife this could be 300# paper. She says it's almost like cardboard.

Spritzing the back with water and then weighting it down should flatten it. She also will put it in a heat press for about fifteen seconds and that does the trick. I always let her do this cause it scares me.

This does'nt address your sink mat question but maybe it will help.
 

DavidS

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What Tom says is spot on if what you are refering to is cockling due to the paper not being stretched & held down properly during painting (it's amazing how many artists have no concept of the problems they creat for framers by not doing it right in the first place, it makes it easier for them too if they only knew)
Just make sure to use distilled water

David
 

preservator

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The technique that Dave mentioned can be found
at: pictureframingmagazine.com, articles index,
preservation supplements, 2001 supplement (Building Space into the Frame) fig. 13.

Hugh
 
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