Mounting Images: A Guide For the Fearful Artist

Last Friday I was fortunate enough to exhibit 10 images from my 'Protests Come and Go' photo project in Block T in Smithfield, Dublin, as part of Culture Night. It was very exciting. Four days previous to that, I was faced with having to mount all 10 images myself with no previous experience of mounting and no knowledge of the materials needed. That was not exciting...

But, with the benefit of experience, I can now tell you that if you're ever faced with this same predicament, fear not! It ain't that difficult at all.

Firstly, we all learn from somewhere or someone. In this case that someone was some grainy, dodgy sound-quality bloke I found on youtube who made this video. I'd advise you to watch it and pay attention. It's very informative.

Secondly, here's a list of materials I used:

  1. A stanley knife;
  2. A steel ruler (It has to be steel);
  3. Self-Adhesive Foamboard. A1 size (I ordered mine from Evans Art Shop);
  4. A cutting mat OR two layers of cardboard to work on top of. You want your knife to cut through the foamboard, but not the kitchen table! Or your legs!
  5. A black pen;
  6. A clean cloth, for pressing down the image without smudging or dirtying it;
  7. Patience;
  8. Tea.

To help, here are a few images of my progression along the way:

Select your images and crop them if necessary. In my case there was some cutting needed at this point.

Select your images and crop them if necessary. In my case there was some cutting needed at this point.

Place the image over the foamboard and carefully mark with your pen where the exact corners are. You will lightly cut from one point to another with your knife. following the border of the image using the steel ruler.

Place the image over the foamboard and carefully mark with your pen where the exact corners are. You will lightly cut from one point to another with your knife. following the border of the image using the steel ruler.

Lift the plastic layer from the foamboard to reveal the extremely sticky surface beneath. At the same time place the image down on the sticky surface, always applying pressure from the center outwards. VIEW THE VIDEO LINK AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS BLOG FOR EXACT INSTRUCTIONS HERE.

Lift the plastic layer from the foamboard to reveal the extremely sticky surface beneath. At the same time place the image down on the sticky surface, always applying pressure from the center outwards. VIEW THE VIDEO LINK AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS BLOG FOR EXACT INSTRUCTIONS HERE.

After some more careful cutting the images were mounted and ready for exhibit! If you have any comments or feedback let me know. I'll consider making my own video of this process in the near future. Remember, it's much easier than you think. Good luck!