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Matching coloured frame and mount

Post by +Rafe+ » Thu 06 Jan, 2022 4:35 pm

Happy new year all, I hope you all manage a good break!

I have had a few request from clients recently for a style whereby the frame (custom painted in a F&B type colour) and the mount are matching.

In both instances, the request has been for the artwork to be surfaced mounted.

Can I ask for some in-put please?

Is it simply a matter of painting a mount (anything specific, for example LJ's 8627 as a base)?

Any pitfalls that I should be aware of, for instance, paint type, would F&B chalk based tester pots be suitable and should the painted mount (if that is method) then have a coat of polyvine decorators varnish for example?

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Re: Matching coloured frame and mount

Post by Justintime » Thu 06 Jan, 2022 7:08 pm

I'm sure Gesso&Bolle will chip in as I know he does this.
Only thing I can add is that with polyvine coat against the glass it will leave a contact mark with the glass (there is a technical term for this...), without the polyvine it should be fine.

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Re: Matching coloured frame and mount

Post by +Rafe+ » Thu 06 Jan, 2022 7:14 pm

Thanks Justin, the artwork is float mounted so the backing mount wouldn’t be in contact with the glass.

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Re: Matching coloured frame and mount

Post by Not your average framer » Thu 06 Jan, 2022 8:13 pm

If the mount is going behind ordinary float glass, this may cause a slight colour shift due to the glass. I'm not too sure how well this may work. I have painted mounts before without problems, but I was not trying to match the colour of the frame as well. I'm not sure how well this is going to work!
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Re: Matching coloured frame and mount

Post by Gesso&Bole » Fri 07 Jan, 2022 9:24 am

I do this all the time. I don't personally like the Farrow & Ball paints, but I do use their colours, I have them mixed at the decorators merchants. Johnstones paint is what I use, much cheaper!

If it's over A3 size I would use PVA to glue the mountboard to some foam core first, just so it doesn't bow, then water the paint down a bit, and use a foam roller, quick de-nib with 320 grit once dried, and then a second coat.

Yes the same colour does look slightly different under glass. Less so with AR glass, and less so if the frame is waxed but the mount isn't.
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Re: Matching coloured frame and mount

Post by +Rafe+ » Fri 07 Jan, 2022 11:27 am

Jim, Many thanks for the overview, this all makes sense. I will give it a go.

Thanks also to Mark and Justin!

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