A mount is a thick piece of card which is used to surround paper art giving it better proportions visually and prevents the glass touching the artwork. This airspace is important as it prevents any condensation that may form on the inside of the glass getting on the art itself.
It is cut to size externally then a aperture/window is cut out of the middle which is slightly smaller than the art work so it will cover the art edges and hold it in place.
Mountboards come in a wide range of colours, sizes, thicknesses, quality (levels 1 -4 of the Fine Art Trade Guild standards) and colour. The range of colour and quality allows us to choose exactly the right one to enhance the artwork and protect it. They can be hand painted and covered in fabric to, the possibilities are endless.
The choice does not stop there as there are also many mount design options that further add to the visual impact from single mounts to offset corner mounts.
Here’s a selection of the popular types of mounts that I believe can really add to the visual impact of the framing.
Single Mount - Simple can be best with busy artwork.
Double Mount - two mounts with the bottom mount having a smaller window, available in the same colour or different colours.
Triple Mount - three mounts with the bottom mount having the smallest window, available in the same colour or different colours.
V Groove mount – single mount with a small groove that is cut into the mount near the window.
Channel Mount – basically a double mount with a channel cut out of the top mount near the window.
Which you choose will depend on your budget, the value of item being framed, size constraints, and your favoured design option. I have plenty of examples and samples to show show you which will help to get the right choice.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more.