I recently tried out float mounting a drawing. Its a different way of showing your drawing or watercolour as it emphasises the physical aspects of the actual paper. What you’re doing is creating a small platform under the paper that gives the illusion your drawing or painting is “floating” in mid air. I’ve used a page from my sketchbook with very neat edges to the paper. I think it looks amazing with good heavy watercolour paper with deckled edges.
Here is a side view which shows how all the seperate elements fit together. I’ve used a frame that’s already been made up. This only works if you choose a frame with a deep side.
I started with cutting out the individual pieces for the spacer that sits on the inside of the frame and also acts as a support for the glass. I’ve used foam board to bulk it out then mounting board (sees below)
Once you’ve measured and cut out all the parts for the spacers place the glass in the frame and glue them around the edge.
The next step is to create the “floating artwork”. Cut out a piece of foam board that is 1″ smaller all around than the artwork. Its a good idea to make sure sure the artwork is as flat as possible. I’ve put my artwork under some heavy books overnight to get rid of any watercolour buckles. Also with this piece i’ve further reinforced the paper as its quite light with some card. However if you’re using good quality heavy watercolour this shouldn’t be necessary. All you need to do now is glue your foam board to the mounting board that sits at the background.
Finally fix your artwork onto the foam board. Now all that is left to do is put it all together. Gently place your artwork/foam board contraption face down on top of the spacers. Then add a final backing board then seal it all up, I use tab staplers.