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06-09-2000, 05:17 PM
Rod, in the pastel forum I noticed an old posting where you said you had seen watercolors shrink wrapped with a "mask" ?
The mask part is unfamiliar to me, and I am curious..
I use shrink wrap and avoid the buckling of corners etc... but guess I do it differently than some. I first wrap them and tape the backside with scotch tape... then I take the hair dryer only to the front of the painting.
The back is taut, but not as taut as the front that way, and still nice and smooth.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

06-10-2000, 04:48 PM
Hi Carol,
I was just referring to the normal cardboard mask we use when framing. The local artists mount their w/c on the stiff mask before shrink wrapping,

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06-11-2000, 07:33 AM
Rod...I must sound stupid here, but I still don't quite understand. You mean they mount on cardboard permanently before wrapping? I
would hate to think that, unless the cardboard is acid free. I too mount first on a piece of foam core..then wrap. I was taught that acid migrates...shortening the life of a painting within a few short years if all framing materials are not acid free.
I doubt if all artists adhere to that, but for the most part, I try to.
A certified framer told me that the mats we buy claiming to be acid free are only free on the white side (back side)...the colored side is not, unless you are buying 100% rag or
museum board. Alpha board, though more expensive - is safest, I am told. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

[This message has been edited by oleCC (edited June 11, 2000).]

06-11-2000, 09:45 PM
Hey..you may be right Sandi ! How about that Rod? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

06-12-2000, 01:32 AM
Hi Carol and Sandi,
Yes you are correct , Mask and matt are the same. Just my accent. We normally attach w/colour to matt then shrink wrap for selling , that way the customer can choose their own frame.
Sorry to confuse,

Watercolours from New Zealand (http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/rod/)

06-12-2000, 09:38 AM
Thanks for clearing that one up Rod...
I also "mask" or mat before shrink wrapping, but also mount on foam core too. I try to
keep my finished pieces in "standard" frame size so my customers do not have to buy custom cut frames. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol
PS: Love that "NZ" accent ...