We've been having a discussion on FaceBook and a few people have asked me how I bond pastel paper to acid-free foam board or gatorboard (when I'm not using Ampersand Pastelbord).
This seems like it's a long process, but it actually only takes a couple of minutes to bond a piece of pastel paper to a board.
When mounting pastel paper, I use a product named Grafix Double Tack. It is basically double-sided tape in sheet form. It comes in sizes 9”x12” up to “24x36” (there may be other sizes that I'm not aware of). I like getting the big sheets, usually 18x24, because they can be cut easily, when necessary, to any size needed.
Double tack has a bit of a learning curve. It is permanent, so you've got one shot to get it onto the board and paper!! So, here is what I've come up with to make the process of mounting it easier.
When mounting any size up to “11x14” (anything bigger is a different process and I'll cover that in another thread), I cut the exact size as the pastel paper I'm using. Remember, double tack is double-sided tape, and therefore, it has a sheet of paper on the front of it, and a sheet of paper on the back of it that you have to peel off to reveal the sticky tape underneath and to bond it to the board.
Please note, I do not mat, I only use spacers, so my pastel paper and boards are always the same size. For example, if my painting is going to be an 8”x10”, my pastel paper and board are both 8”x10”, as will be the double tack.
First side – sticking the double tack to the board:
1. Once the size is determined, the pastel paper, board, and double tack are all cut to the same size. Using the double tack on one side, peel back the paper and cut a strip about 1" off, so therefore, an inch of stickiness is revealed.
2. Then, on a table or flat surface, hold the double tack and board vertically and align the board and the double tack together, making sure the sticky tape doesn’t touch the board. When both are aligned, press the sticky part to the board.
3. Then, lay the board down on the table and, like turning the page in a book, turn the double tack to the underside and pull off the rest of the paper to reveal the rest of that side’s sticky tape, using both hands (one hand is pulling the paper off and one hand is holding on to the board and the other end of the double tack so it doesn’t accidentally fall onto the board!!) and then press it down onto the board, starting from the end where the sticky tape was already stuck to the board. I usually use some type of straight edge to make sure there are no bubbles.
1. At this point, the double tack is stuck down on the board on one side; the other side that is exposed still has the paper on it. As in step 1 above, peel back an inch of the paper to reveal the sticky tape and cut that paper away.
2. Then, on a table or flat surface, hold the double tack/board and pastel paper vertically and align the pastel paper and board together, making sure the sticky tape doesn’t touch the pastel paper. When it is aligned, press the sticky part to the pastel paper.
3. As in step 3 above, lay the board down on the table and, like turning the page in a book, turn the pastel paper to the underside and peel the rest of the paper off the double tack that is stuck on the board to reveal the rest of that side’s sticky tape, making sure the double tack doesn’t accidentally touch the pastel paper. Press it down onto the board, starting from the end where the sticky tape was already stuck to the pastel paper. Again, use some type of straight edge to make sure there are no bubbles.
That’s it. Your pastel paper is permanently bonded to board. I'll post another thread for sizes larger than 11"x14".