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Watercolors - Lineco tissue or mulberry/wheat paste?

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Daniel Smith, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Daniel Smith

    Daniel Smith Grumbler

    Am looking at a few fine watercolor prints. Originals. The artist wants them mounted as a shadowbox with the print raised off the back piece. FomeCor cut 1/2 inch less than the print dimensions is what I'll use.

    Question is whether the Lineco hinging tissue, Abaca paper hinging tape or something similar will work as well as mulberry & wheat paste? The self adhesive types look as if they will be easy to work with but don't know how well they really last.

    Don't want thicker type of material as it too often later shows on the print surface.

    Those with experience - a preference here?
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  2. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    How heavy is the w/c paper?
  3. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Hi, Daniel. Are they machine-made, pigment-based prints on cotton paper that were taken from original watercolors?
  4. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I always us Mulberry Hinges with Rice Starch Paste. Let the hinge dry a little before attaching to the art or you may dampen the water color enough to smudge it. Ted asked about the weight of the piece. The number of hinges you will have to use will depend upon the weight. I just finished a charcoal that I used 9 hinges on, 5 on top and 2 loosely attached on the sides. I don't use the lineco hinges on any originals that could be of value someday. I just don't trust how long a the adhesive on a linco hinge will last.
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  5. Daniel Smith

    Daniel Smith Grumbler

    The paintings are originals. About 9x12 to 11x14 at the largest.

    Paper is not real heavy.
  6. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    "Am looking at a few fine watercolor prints."
    "The paintings are originals."

    A bit confusing, but let's go with original watercolors.

    Mulberry paper and organic starch paste (rice/wheat) or Methyl Cellulose paste.
    For the platform, use 4 or 8-ply rag for best preservation. Mounting to foam board, even acid free with rag facing, is problematic at the highest levels.
  7. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Why? If you use foam board as a backing board and are using a 4 or 8 ply rag mat as the platform. You have the same thing if using foam board with rag facing paper for the platform but difference would be that you have slightly less separation between the art and foam.

    Now if the art package is all rag board, including the backing board and no foam core is used what-so-ever then you have a whole different package and should be totally safe.
  8. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    I guess I forgot to complete the thought.
    I was speaking directly to the board in contact with the art.
    I agree that the board behind that, the one that would be seen around the perimeter of the art, should also be rag, and in best preservation practices the support behind that should also be a non-donor board such as Coroplast.
    The point being that any foam centered board is limited in preservation framing because of the polystyrene core regardless of the surface papers.
  9. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Thanks for the clarification. :)
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