New age framing services have brought a drastic change in what we know about frames. From custom designs to acrylic frames, all have unique advantages of their own. One such example is the block mounting. But what exactly is it? And is it really suitable for your artwork?
The process of sticking and mounting an artwork to a solid backing board is called block mounting. This is an affordable alternative to frame your picture. Block mounting actually falls in the category of custom designs. Thus, an artwork naturally gets an upgraded look when customisation is applied.
The pieces of art can be block mounted on a number of media including MDF boards, foam board or a variety of polyurethane mat boards. The mat boards used for block mounting are typically 1cm to 2cm thick and often have a black or white edging.
If you love something like a frame-free finish or are working on a tight budget, block mounting may be the best for you. Here are some key factors to look before considering block mounting as an alternative.
Block mounting is more affordable than framing work. You can typically expect it to be half the price of picture framing, possibly even more of a saving.
If you have a high value artwork or something which is impossible to replace, then block mounting may not be suitable. This is because high value or original art should only be framed with conservation framing in mind. Any non-conservation framing or block mounting can destroy the value of your artwork immediately and will lead to its deterioration over time.
Block mounting is perfect for you where you only wish to display your information or artwork for a short time span. It is not just for the low cost but also the lightweight feature which benefits. However, a good quality block mount on a polyurethane board can last for many years. To add an extra bit of protection, it is recommended to add a laminate which provides some resistance from permanently damaging your image.