Fine Art Framing - Types of Mounting

Window Mount
The window mount, classically referred to as a 'passe-partout', is comprised of an aperture cut into a top mount or mat (just like a window), and an undermount which provides physical and environmental protection. It provides a border around the visible image and keeps a gap between the artwork and the glazing.  

Float Mount

Float mounting is where all the edges of the art print or picture are exposed and then the artwork is separated from the glass with a spacer. The art appears as if it were 'floating' in the frame because you can't see it mounted to anything. The floating style of framing is popular among museums and galleries because it allows the art to breathe and not be pressed directly up against the glass.

Tray Frame (a.k.a. box frame or float frame)
A tray frame is where the canvas or artist board is set within the frame but with a gap visible between the edge of the canvas and the inside of the frame. The gap between the edge of the frame and canvas can vary depending on the style of the work and the depth of the canvas. Our tray frames normally have a gap of about 15mm from the edge of the canvas to the inside of the frame.

Dry Mount
Dry mounting is the process of affixing a photographic print or artwork to a firm substrate such as dibond or gatorfoam, using a neutral archival film and pressure. It ensures absolute flatness to allow framing without any ripples or movement. The process is not reversible.



Our museum board or mat board can be supplied in 4mm or 8mm thickness, come in variety of colours and are 100% cotton ph. neutral.