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mounting and framing a large print

This is a picture of some work in my studio.  The reason it is here is that I am in the process of making and framing the biggest print I have ever made, two feet by four feet (61 cm x 122 cm).  It is the cranberry bog panorama shown in the middle, and I talked about this at the Cataumet Artists Circle last Saturday night.  An image file of this is on the blog under the tab "harvest".

This print has been made on Hahnemuehle photo rag paper on an Epson 7600.  It has been soaked in acrylic varnish and is now a composite of paper and acrylic.  I am planning to put it in a cherry frame that will be of the same molding design as the light maple frame shown below it with the picture of the nun walking in Florence.

I have ordered the frame and an aluminum panel to mount it on.  I am experimenting with archival mounting adhesives, and right now my two top candidates are Gudy O or V and Beva 371.  If anyone has any good experience with these or has a good idea please email me at

I have lots of experience mounting acrylic-varnished prints on stretched canvas and canvas board,  but I decided not to use this approach for this large print.  I am worried about sag in a stretched canvas, but more fundamentally that the water-based acrylic "glue" I use on the canvas will warp the four-foot print.

The panel should arrive in January, and if I succeed :-))  I will put up a picture of the final result.

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