Mounting Methods


Picture Framing Mounting Methods


The primary purpose of a mount is to separate the art work from the glass, the simplest you can have is a single aperture mount, which means the artwork will be viewed through a single bevelled edged window. There are a wide range of mounts available from standard mount made of card to museum quality which is made of 100% cotton, to understand more on this please look at the mount and conservation sections.

The size of margins which you choose can determine how successful the piece will look; there is no golden rule as to how much mount there should be in proportion to the frame or artwork, at the end of the day it is down to your personal taste.

Despite there been no rule as such it is customary to allow a larger margin at the bottom than at the top and sides, this corrects an optical illusion which occurs when the picture is hung. Some people feel if all the margins are the same the bottom will look smaller than the others when hung on the wall.


When choosing the size of the margins you should also take in to consideration the colour of the mount, neutral colours such as antique white and pale browns look great with wide margins, but if you wanted a strong colour around your picture a larger margin may swamp it and interfere with our perception of the artwork.

If you have a large piece of work you may want a larger mount as this proportionally will probably be appropriate but this may make the overall frame too big, so you must consider where you wish the picture to hang. Some etchings or smaller pieces may need large margins to add importance and weight to the piece and if mounted in this way they can look very impressive.

You may have more than one picture but wish them to be in the same frame, perhaps for a group of photographs or artworks, for this you will need a multi-aperture mount as a triptych for example.


If you wish to enhance the presentation of you piece to be framed you could choose a double or triple mount. This will add greater depth and there are many variations of colours which are complimentary or contrasting. With double mounting you can add a little colour to your frame without it been too over powering, by using a colourful inner mount with a white top mount you can enhance certain colours in the artwork.

Any work in which the edges of the paper are an integral part of the overall piece should not be mounted in a window mount. In this case you should float mount your artwork, keeping the edges visible. With this style of mounting you will require a box frame with fillets to keep the glass from touching the artwork. You then have the option of leaving the art work so that it is floating alone on the mount or you can add a window mount with a gap around the art work. This mount can be fixed on to the mount so that there is still a gap between the glass and the mount or the mount can be fitted above the fillets so that there is a gap between the front mount board and the art work creating an illusion of more depth.


All mounts are custom made in the studio so if you are unsure of what you need or do not completely understand any of the methods please do not hesitate to contact us at the studio.


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