Learn how to get the most out of multiple window mounts

Written by chris pink on March 21, 2014 in Picture Framing

The reasons for using mounts (also known as matting) cut with multiple window openings is long and numerous: you might be looking to have a set of family photos presented, or to have several certificates framed neatly. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to get the most out of this ingenious mounting method, along with a few other helpful things to keep in mind.

Deciding how to lay-out your art-work or photos

If you’re mounting a series of playing cards or images, the chances are high that you’ll also be having a frame made for them. The reason for this is simple: the highly custom nature of multiple window mounting means that it’s usually easier to have a new frame made than to fit a bespoke mount into an existing one (although with careful planning this can be done).

To work out how big your new frame needs to be, and where your images should go, lay the subject of your mounting out on a table, preferably on a blank white background so all the edges can be easily seen. Probably the easiest way of working-out where things should go is starting in the centre of the space. Are you looking to make one image the centre-piece and have the other art-work surrounding it? Or are you making all the art-work equal? In the case of the first method, your centre-piece may well be bigger, which is fine, as this is where you want the focus to be. In the case of the latter, you want the collective images to be presented as a whole, which brings us to the next part of this blog…

Example of window mounting where the distance is uniform, both between images and at the top, bottom and sides

Example of window mounting where the distance is uniform, both between images and at the top, bottom and sides

Space between the art-work is crucial

The problem with mounting a series of things within the same framed area is, often, that the spaces are different in different places. The good thing to know is that this isn’t absolutely vital. If you can’t make all the spaces equal, then the next best thing is to keep them consistent. So, if you can keep 3cm between each vertical image, for example, that’ll go a long way to making it all look right.

Having more space at the base of the mount is also a good way to go, but, generally speaking, there will be a similar space around each side, with much less space between the images.

Creativity never hurts

Most people who are mounting numerous pieces of art-work together will want the spaces to be equal and right. However, with a little creative thinking you can make off-balance mount openings that have a scrap-book quality to them or look a bit more arty. The key here is to exaggerate it, so that it doesn’t look accidental and just a bit wrong.

A unique diamond design requiring a more hand-crafted approach

A unique diamond design requiring a more hand-crafted approach

Research is key to finding out what’s right for you

If you’re struggling with the layout of your new multiple window mount, a bit of research will go a long way. You could mount your pieces in a circle or a star, or in cascading wavy lines. The choice is infinite, so think carefully about the look you’re going for and where you will be hanging the frame.


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