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How to Mount Chinese Painting or Sumi-e with Silicone Paper

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

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Easy to use heat-sensitive Silicone Paper for dry mounting. Silicone coated on one side. The acid-free adhesive melt at 180F heat and bonds to paper, fabric, plastic, wood, etc. as it cools off. It flows under heat and pressure, and can be patched, overlapped and pieced together. It is removable when reheated. The release paper keeps adhesive film clean and makes adhesive film easy to handle and protect the artwork and the iron or press machine.

Great for dry mounting thin papers, rice paper, tissue paper, parchment, watercolors, silks, and other fabrics.

Basic Mounting Method 1: Direct Mounting

In this method the orginal painting is mounted directly to the silicone paper.

1. Dampen the painting first. You may spray the original painting evenly with water.

2. Cut the silicone paper to the size exactly same as the original painting or slightly smaller.

3. Put 4 layers of denim cloth on the table as mounting surface.

4. Set the iron temperature to 180° F (between silk and wool) and start the ironing movement from center out, first in cross and then in X movements to avoid bubbles.

5. Apply less pressure in the beginning and gradually increase pressure later. Don’t press too hard or set temperature too hot. In other words you want to avoid any big fold or wrinkles which would become permanent. Small wrinkles can be streched out easily with hot iron.

Here are some Youtube videos showing you how to mount a small ACEO or large piece of panoramic landscape painting–

Basic Method 2: Indirect Mounting.

This method is transfer the silicon adhesive film to the backing material first, then take the release paper off and mount the painting on. Here are the steps:

1. Place the silicone release paper filme side facing down, or mounting board, foam board etc..

2. Iron it along the edge and let it cool a little bit.

3. Cut the Silicone Release Paper a little bit larger (1/4″ – 1/2″) than the board along the edge. (No need to measure!)

4. Peel the release paper off and save it for use in step 6.

5. Trim the adhesive film along the board edge with a glue gone, knife or scissors.

6. Lay the artwork face up on the adhesive film and cover it with the release paper from step 4.

7. Now it’s ready to put into a heat press machine or an iron.

The more you use the more advantages will be found.


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Q: When would you use dry mounting and when wet mounting?
A: Good question! If you use western watercolor pigments on rice paper they would bleed when wet mounting so dry mounting would avoid such problem with color running or ink bleeding. Some rice paper are very thin and maybe too fragile to wet mount. If you are in a hurry, dry mounting takes less time than wet mounting.

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