The mountboard has two functions, firstly to distance the artwork from the glass and secondly to enhance the picture. Photographs can stick to the glass if in direct contact, causing irreversible damage. Temperature fluctuations can cause paper artwork to cockle.
There are three main types of mountboard available, standard, conservation and museum, each having its own merits depending on the amount of protection you wish to afford your artwork. Over a period of time the combination of light and natural acids within the cheaper mountboard can cause irreversible damage, which may not be a problem if the artwork has no financial or sentimental value. This potential damage must be considered when framing. This effect is visible in the bevel of the mount, it will change colour and turn brown if it has a high-acid content.
We use Bainbridge white-core, which according to their specifications is the highest quality standard board available. It has a pure white core, which will not yellow. This board is available in a wide range of colours. We use this type of board where the item being framed has no value either financial or sentimental, for example posters.
We use Bainbridge Alphamat and Alphamount Artcare boards, their patented molecular trap technology collects airborne acid gases, which are then neutralised by an alkaline buffer. This technology means they are the best for protecting your framed art. We use these boards for framing the majority of our work, the vellum boards giving a good surface for washlines and other mount decoration. The surface colours will not fade and the bevels will stay white. There is a wide range of colours available, some giving coloured bevels.
For this top quality, we use the Bainbridge Alpharag Artcare boards. They are 100% cotton rag and give the highest protection.
We can cut a variety of mount styles. The amount of offset - the width of colour showing - on double and triple mounts can vary according to taste. Multi-aperture mounts are cut to your specifications. The maximum size of board we cut for multi-apertures is 81cm x 101cm, the size the size of the apertures and their layout being the governing factor in the number you can fit into this size board. A text-box can be included in a mount, incorporating text produced in-house or supplied by you.
A single line around the aperture of a mount can make a difference to a picture. We can rule single or multi lines around the aperture or produce a band of colour known as a wash-line. We can also rule embossed lines on the surface of the mount or gild the bevel for a more unusual effect.