What are the pros and cons of various ways of mounting art to a mounting mat for framing?
I have some art that I've purchased, done on paper not canvas, and I'd like to have it framed properly. By that I mean following standard practices to preserve the quality of the art over time. But I'd rather spend money on art than framing it, so I'm going the DIY route.
Other than choosing the frame and design, there's the question of mounting the art to the back mat. From what I understand, just gluing the art to it is frowned upon because it makes it difficult to undo without damaging the art, should the need arise.
The recommended ways appear to be:
- Using archival-grade picture corners.
- Using gummed linen hinging tape to make hinges.
- Using self-adhesive hinging tissue to make hinges.
- Using gummed mulberry paper to make hinges.
- Making hinges out of mulberry paper and wheat glue as described in this publication.
The last way seems to be the gold standard, but as someone who doesn't really know what they're doing, the idea of using wet glue seems like it could lead to wrinkled art unless I do everything exactly right.
Is there anything actually wrong with using picture corners, or is that just not always done because they could be visible from the front if the front window mat doesn't overlap the art much?