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Framing Without Glass Q & A


 Q:    Hello Birgit  
I just purchased and watched your tv video. It is excellent. So helpful to watch you work. Most of my paintings are in Holbein Acrylic or Holbein Water Soluble Oils. Can this mounting process be done with these paints?  If so, do I need to make any adjustments?  I paint on Fabriano Artistico 140lb, but I could switch to 300. Will wetting the back of the paper cause the acrylic paint to be released from the paper?  
My biggest question is: Why Clay Board?  Obviously because it is absorbent, but will plain wood panels also work?  I bought 15 American Eagle 20 x 20 plain wood panels to which I wanted to attach my acrylic painting series.  Will this method of mounting work for them?  Do you have any suggestions? Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much, Patricia

A:  Hi Patricia 
I don't work with acrylic or water soluble oils but is should work fine (always test first) just make sure to have an archival surface between the paper and the wood.
Lightly wet the back of the paper so the paper is pliable then continue with the tecnique.
I like using a 300 pound paper because it very durabable and less likly to show any tiny air bubbles. Another nice trick is to use a squeegee to help get more air bubbles out. Put a towel, plastic wrap, paper or some other clean type of surface on top of the painting first then use the squeegee to remove any additional air bubbles.
Best wishes Birgit

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Q:   Hi Birgit
 In the video Framing Without Glass you use clay board with a cradle. I make my own frames and was wondering if this technique would work with tempered hardboard mounted on a cradle?  
Thanks Ian

A:  Hi Ian
 That should work fine, all you really need to do is make sure that there is an good solid  archival buffer between the wood and painting. This could be gesso or some other ground medium. Best wishes Birgit

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