What Is a Mounted Print?

What Is a Mounted Print? (Meaning)

A mounted print, sometimes called block mounted print, simply means that a print is glued to a semi-rigid or rigid material, like a foam core (Amazon), matboard (Amazon), styrene (Amazon), wood, etc.

Mounting a print is beneficial because it helps preserve the print and prepares it for hanging on a wall. It’s also great at flattening any tiny wrinkles or bulges that a print might have.

One possible disadvantage of mounting a print is that it’s irreversible.

The print can also be laminated, but this is optional.

Laminating the print means that the print will be protected from stains and moisture by a clear plastic film, making it more durable. Some laminates may also make your print UV resistant.

Laminating a print typically makes the colors of the print more vibrant, enhances highlights and shadows, and can give it a nice matte to glossy finish (depending on the type of laminate used).

What Does a Mounted Print Look Like?

Mounted prints come in a variety of materials, but they’re usually thin, rigid pieces of artwork (typically around 1/4 inches thick).

Lately, I find a lot of mounted prints come with a wooden rear spacer attached to the back of the print. This makes the print stand away from the wall and gives it a “floating off the wall” look.

You can see an example of this mounted print trend at one of my favorite art sites, Redbubble.

How Do You Hang Mounted Prints?

One common feature of a mounted print is that you can hang it on the wall without nails, screws, or holes in the wall because mounted prints are typically thin and very lightweight.

Usually, you can hang a mounted print with something like Command picture hanging strips (Amazon).

Can You Frame a Mounted Print?

You can absolutely frame a mounted print.

A great thing about matting and framing mounted prints is that they will be easier to handle and there will also be less risk of damaging the artwork or photo in the process.

One trending and easy way of framing a mounted print is by placing it inside a shadow box frame (Amazon).

To frame a mounted print with a shadow box frame, check the interior depth to make sure your print will fit in there. Then, all you have to do is stick the mounted print against the frame’s backing using something like Command picture hanging strips (Amazon).

Another way you might want to frame a mounted print is by using a floating frame (Amazon). This type of frame also adds a nice finished look and might be more suitable for thicker mounted prints.

Cheapest Top-Quality Mounted Prints

Here are my favorited places to get the cheapest, high-quality mounted prints.

If I’m looking for super inexpensive mounted prints (or any type of artwork), I’ll usually browse through Etsy and Amazon and read the reviews until I find something I like with a 4 or 5-star rating. (You might have to do a little digging to find what you want, but the prices are well worth it!)

If you’re really looking for high-quality mounted art, you can also check out Redbubble’s mounted prints (with the option of canvas or wood) or Redbubble’s art board prints (textured watercolor paper mounted on 4-ply art board).

Redbubble is known to be a high-quality producer of mounted art that does not look cheap at all and you’ll find just about any type of themed artwork in the world on their site.

If you’re not sure if you want a mounted print, but you’re really looking for affordable art, check out my post: 10 Best Places to Buy Art Online

So, go ahead and buy art online, support independent artists, and HAVE FUN shopping!