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Decoration & Ovals

Useful Tips for Mount Decoration

Examples of decorated mounts

  1. Store gold / silver pens for line / bevels horizontally not vertically
  2. Shake the pens well before use
  3. Test the pens for consistency on a piece of scrap mountboard before use
  4. Ensure that the straight edge does not actually touch the mountboard, along the edge where the pen is to be used
  5. Use a pin or needle to make the start / end finish points for each line
  6. Do not make these holes too deep
  7. If straight edge moves, secure it with Blue-Tac
  8. For water colour lines, test the line colour first on a piece of scrap mountboard, allow to dry and test for suitability. This also applies to water colour wash band.
  9. Do not buy an expensive artist’s pallet, use a cake tin with nine cake holes to mix your watercolour in
  10. For water colour wash band start the wash with water only at the start / finish point. In hot weather wash the whole mount with water before using the colour
  11. Do not make the washes too dark

Exert from book Frames and Framing by Andy Parks

The width of the mount needs to be wide enough to accommodate your mount decoration. Therefore it is probably wise to cut a wider border than you think you will need at first. Then cut down the mount border width after decoration to avoid the mount decoration dominating the picture. It is fairly easy to go over the top with mount decoration so do keep this in mind. Also subtle mount decoration using watercolour will only be visible on lighter coloured mount boards so water colour decoration will look the best on off white coloured mount boards.

Useful Tips For Oval Mounts & Frames

Oval Frame

An example of picture framing using an oval mount & frame

For Mounts:

  1. Make sure the Stanley knife blade is sharp.
  2. Use Blu-Tac to secure the mount to the cutting matt and the cutting matt to the bench.
  3. Keep the knife as horizontal as possible NOT VERTICAL as this will keep the knife under control and ensure a clean cut.
  4. Keep your fingers out of the path of the knife at all times.
  5. Use a piece of string that does not stretch.
  6. Oval mounts are easier to cut on thin boards or paper.
  7. Cut mounts from the back of the board you are using.

For Frames:

  1. If you are cutting the glass yourself (not recommended) do be very careful of glass splinters and always wear protective glasses.
  2. When cleaning the glass, be aware of sharper edges on the glass than on straight pieces of glass. They are very, very sharp.
  3. Take time ensuring that there is an even amount of mount showing around the picture. If you fit it uneven, it will show very badly.
  4. When fitting the back into the oval frame, try to make the back as close as possible to the top of the frame. This will make papering in a lot easier.

Contact Details

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Contact Us

Unit 4A
Buriton Business Park
Petersfield 
Hampshire GU32 3NJ 
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1730 269926

Opening Times

Mornings

The Petersfield Framing Studios are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm. At these times please feel free to come along to the workshop to choose your picture mounts and frames or collect orders that are ready.

Afternoons

These are dedicated to collection and delivery of picture framing at your home by appointment. However, if you would like to visit the workshop in the afternoon, please make an appointment to do this on 01730 269926 or click here to e-mail us to arrange a mutually convenient time in the afternoon.

Directions to the Petersfield Framing Studios

From Petersfield:

We are located about one mile due South of Petersfield town centre on the Buriton Business Park. Take the old A3 heading towards Portsmouth out of Petersfield, pass Tesco's and The Petersfield School, both on the right hand side. Keep travelling up The Causeway until the roundabout by the old Jolly Sailor public house. Keep going on the old A3 towards Portsmouth from a 30 mph limit into a 40 mph limit and then into a 60 mph limit. Go past a lay by on the left hand side and past another smaller lay by on the right hand side of the road. We are on the next right hand turn. It is difficult to see but look for a red triangle warning sign of a low bridge just after this turning on the right. Turn right here and follow this narrow road for about 50 yards until you see another turning on the right where you will see a small business park in front of you. Turn right here and then immediately left into the entrance of the Buriton Business Park. We are in the building on the left hand side. Park your car somewhere on the left hand side. We are located at the very end of the left hand building in Unit 4A.

Travelling from the North of Petersfield via the A3:

The exit that you need is the last exit from the A3 before driving past Butser Hill and before the turning off for the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Travel along the A3 past the two junctions signposted "Midhurst A272" and also past the junction signposted "Winchester A272" respectively. This is also the junction where the service station is located. Keep driving along the A3 past the industrial estate on the left hand side. Eventually you will see Butser Hill with the easily identifiable mast on top on the right hand side. As you near the hill, there is another junction off the A3 signposted "Buriton". Take this junction and follow the road around to the left heading back on itself. Follow this road for about 200 yards until you arrive at a roundabout. Go straight over this roundabout signposted towards "Petersfield" and cross over a bridge over the railway. Follow this road for about 200 yards where you will see a sign on the edge of the road that says Buriton Business Park. Take the next left hand turn that has a warning sign of a low bridge as a land mark. Follow this road for about 50 yards and then turn left and the Buriton Business Park entrance is just on the left hand side. We are in the building on the left hand side. Park your car somewhere on the left hand side. We are located at the very end of the corridor in the left hand building in Unit 4A.

Travelling from the South of Petersfield via the A3:

Follow the A3 over the South Downs until the A3(M) becomes the A3. Keep going past the Queen Elizabeth County Park on the right and past Butser Hill on the left. Once you have passed Butser Hill and you can no longer see the mast on top of the hill, we are off of the next junction, signposted "Buriton". Take this junction and follow the road around to the right back under the A3 and you will arrive at a roundabout. Turn left here where it is signposted for "Petersfield" and cross over a bridge over the railway. Follow this road for about 200 yards where you will see a sign on the edge of the road that says Buriton Business Park. Take the next left hand turn that has a warning sign of a low bridge as a land mark. Follow this road for about 50 yards and then turn left and the Buriton Business Park entrance is just on the left hand side. We are in the building on the left hand side. Park your car somewhere on the left hand side. We are located at the very end of the corridor in the left hand building in Unit 4A.