- a printed image, of correct size for your mount board.
- a mount board, cut to size with an aperture if required.
- ancillary equipment for measuring, marking, cutting, sticking or taping, your print to the mount board.
- a clear clean and well lit space to carry out the next task.
In my worked example, I use a rear mounted A4 print on a 50×40 cm mount board It has a printed area 2mm greater than frame size in all four directions.
Title Your Print; You need add a title for the print on the rear of the mount to the Club’s format (See Rules). This needs to be reasonably large and clear for the print co-ordinator, who has to sort and display the prints on the night. Some members get really innovative with their titles to ‘set the mood’ for the judge.
I write my titles on masking tape stuck to the rear of my mount board (not the print) so that I can remove and replace the tape as I change my print next time round. If you write on your print, you risk the ink showing through or the pen puncturing the print or both. Some members will write on the mount board using a soft pencil. This is common when Prints are entered in to external competitions, as it eliminates the risk of the Title getting separated in transit or handling. Take care of your precious print!
TOP; You need to put your title at the top of your mask and mark the TOP of your print (on the rear) if there is any doubt as to which way up the print should be displayed! You are allowed to write the print title on the front of the print; but few do this.
You need something to carry or wrap your print(s) in to take them to and from the Club. I cannot find a suitable size for 40×50 cm prints. I purchased a very large Reeves Artist’s Case (74×55 cm). If you use a smaller mounting board, you will reduce your costs in finding a smaller carrier for your prints.