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Techniques II - Beginning
Identify one print from our kit as the "Base Print". This can be any one of the prints supplied in the kit. It is this print which will be the foundation for your work and which elements of the other prints will be placed and glued to.
A handy hint is to write "Base Print" on the back of the print and label the other 4 prints likewise as "Print 1" "Print 2" etc. Check the instructions provided to ensure that the kit does not use any elements from this print before mounting the "Base Print"
The base print should be mounted on a stiff backing, preferably, an acid free matte board, either 2 or 4 ply, using spray adhesive. There are many ways to mount your base print, with everyone having their own technique. On smaller prints up to an 8" x10" size, you can easily mount this yourself. The matte board is available from any framer.
Make sure you spray the back of the print as well as the surface you are going to affix it to, as this will create a superior bond. Spraying one surface only is a temporary moveable mount and the bond may release in time.
For larger projects, it would pay to take the base print down to your local framer and have the base print vacuum mounted. This is not expensive and will ensure there are no imperfections in the mounted picture.
Besides containing the graphical illustrations for each project, our Kits also take you step by step through all the techniques used to complete your project including cutting techniques, gluing, shaping, coloring, glazing, use of the paper shaper, and framing and display advice.