[2] Fixing methods for presentation

Today, the fine art technician showed us two different fixing methods. We all took with us a piece of 2D work no larger than A5. We were given a thick small sized board (so it wouldn’t warp), then we were told step by step instructions on how to put the work on the board.

  • Paint the board edges so at the end of the process the finished piece looks clean and professional.
  • Using a small roller, glue up the board either using PVA or gorilla glue for a stronger hold.
  • Put image face down on the work surface then place board, glue side down, on the back of the image. Making sure there is some over lap.
  • Use newsprint to smooth out any air pockets and use weights on the board to keep it still whilst drying.
  • Leave overnight.
  • Get a brand new blade for a scalpel to carefully trim the overlap using the board as a ruler.

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Then she showed us two techniques, the french cleat and mirror plates. We all took our own piece of wood and fitted mirror plates to them.

  • Firstly, we marked out the middle of the board on each opposite side either landscape or portrait, then marked the rectangular size of the mirror plates.


  • Cut just outside the lines you have marked with a Stanley knife. Then, using a chisel and two clamps cut out the marked block down a couple of millimetres.
  • Using a centre punch, mark where you need the screws to go using the holes in the mirror plates.
  • Using small screws and a screwdriver screw in the mirror plates where marked.

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To make french cleats, you just need to have two long pieces of would which fit together. One will attach to the wall using screws and the other will attach to the canvas or board using screws and gorilla glue if needed.

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This technique gives the appearance of floating which is something I would like to use in my own work, you can also get this effect from making a frame smaller than the wood itself and fixing it to the centre of the back of the board; as seen below.

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