My previous FRAMING posts looked at finding a good picture framer and choosing a moulding style. Another big decision you'll need to make is whether you want a mount or not. In the USA, a mount is called the mat (mountboard = UK, mat board = USA). I'm talking here about the card that sits over the paper around your print that frames the image. A mount gives a traditional and well-finished look to your framed work of art and holds it in place. It also keeps the printed surface away from the glass. You can get mounts of varying thickness so, again, do have a look at pictures in other galleries and museums to get an idea of the style you like. Things to consider if you do want a mount:
- how thick
- how many layers / steps (a framer can cut several mounts in staggered sizes for a more dramatic effect
- what colour (do you want it to match the paper? Do you have other framed pictures with mountboard in your house?)
If you prefer a very contemporary look you can ask your framer to use a spacer. This will sit just inside the moulding and keep the paper away from the glass without being visible.