View Full Version : Help: Spray Mounting a Finished Watercolor
November 30th, 2006, 06:57 PM
Is this a safe process? What are your recommendations? I'm getting ready to sell a watercolor and it's only on 140lb paper. It's going to be displayed in a shadow box, so the image will be 'floating' on some foam core board. The less the paper is curled, the better. Thanks!
November 30th, 2006, 07:23 PM
DO NOT DO IT! Lemme repeat that...
DON'T DO SPRAYMOUNTING ON A WATERCOLOR!
It will destroy the watercolor and the paper it's on will curl off the mount when exposed to normal conditions over time. Check to see if you have somebody in your area that can DRYMOUNT (a heated press) with a non-self-adhesive sheet. Even wax as an adhesive would be better.
The problem with spray mount is it's a "self-adhesive" which means it never dries, like scotch tape, except...it does.... While it's "wet" and holding your art down, it's migrating through the paper and destroying it permanently, and then it dries out and the art falls off the mount.
November 30th, 2006, 07:46 PM
i dont do watercolors, so i dont have a lot of experience in that matter.
but 2 of the "safest " means of mounting things (imo):
1. dilluted elmer's glue
2. acrylic matte medium
both are really archival and wont hurt the paper.
though, you may need to get the paper to "relax" before mounting it.
that is, lightly mist it with water on the back, till is soaks in and loosens up the fibers.
that way, when you apply the glue it wont curl.
November 30th, 2006, 07:55 PM
The matte medium is an excellent idea, especially if you don't add any additional water to it other than the slight dampening spray to relax the paper. Then you can put it under some weights protected between two pieces of non-absorbent paper. I've had some problems with elmer's glue not drying on some surfaces because air couldn't get to it.
November 30th, 2006, 10:45 PM
is....elmers glue....archival??? O__o
you want something archival, I suggest archival tape. find one that is clear and ask the shop if it is super strong, they should know what I mean. There is a clear archival tape that is so damn strong it gets stuck on your skin and it actually hurts to peel it off!! thats what I used for my watercolors. its very permanent and strong as well, held up thick canvas paper
November 30th, 2006, 11:19 PM
ideally you need book glue
or rabbitskin (I don't think its made out of real rabbits)
spray moun tis totally non-archival
might as well use rubber cement
LIsten to Ilae HIS SENILE BUT HE STILL GIVEs GOOD ADVICE!!!!
what you really need is book binder's paste and a book press
or more sensibly
acid free paste and a lot of weight
even so it will pell eventually ...why are you shadow boxing a watercolour?
Im sorry I frame art work , semiprofessionally all the time and it seems like an odd choice.
more advice than you really want
December 1st, 2006, 04:22 AM
Thanks for the suggestions guys. And Ilaekae, thanks for the flashing warning. Duly noted, and you've probably saved me from losing a good chunk of change.
Chaos, it actually looks pretty sharp, but it's definitely a different look. I'll show an example here when I can.
Dan, I'm leaning toward the matte medium since that's what I usually use to mount paper to board.... but the one time I used it to mount watercolor paper, the paper actually curved the masonite when it dried. A light misting should be enough to keep the paper from stretching drastically enough to warp the board when it dries I hope?
At any rate, I'll run a couple tests. Thanks guys!
December 2nd, 2006, 09:33 PM
are you permanently mounting these to the board? if your board isnt archival i strongly recommend against doing so. your local arts and crafts store (and i know for sure you have a lot around you) should have mounting corners. you place them about 1/8 in from the corner of your paper, and they provide "pockets" for your art to sit inside of... do a search on them
December 2nd, 2006, 09:48 PM
I'd also advise against any sort of permanent mounting. If you want to float the piece (to show off a nice deckle-edged paper, for instance), mounting it with rice paper hinges attached with wheat starch paste to a piece of museum board is the best bet.
December 2nd, 2006, 10:16 PM
yeah i totally didnt realize that this was gonna be floating... take elwell's advice
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