Mounting My Images on Plywerk Bamboo Panels

I have two solo shows coming up in the next few months (stay tuned!) and I was trying to find a non-standard way of mounting my images. I do like the typical matte board and black-museum-frame look, but for the Botanica Obscura work, I wanted to try something new–and, well, something more fitting. Right about that time I had been researching Dane Creek’s covers for the folios I am making (stay tuned some more!), I came across his post Plywerk Mounting Panel Review.

Long story short, I ordered a few test pieces and for the most part have been favorably impressed. Attaching your image is a straight forward process, if a little nerve wracking at first–you  have to get the print on the ph-neutral adhesive correctly the first time, or the whole assembly may be ruined. You also have to be quite careful when trimming the edge of the print to the edge of the mount. Clear mounting and trimming instructions are included with every order. Plywerk mounts are offered in a large number of sizes and thicknesses, and in Birch and Bamboo–architects and builders will recognize the Bamboo base material as PlybooPlywerk also offers Photoshop .PSD files on their site here, that are designed so you can add your own image on a layer, for marketing and sales and such. That’s a nice touch. Here are two different versions of one of my Botanica Obscura images:

 

Photograph Of Jon Witsell's Botanica Obscura Image Mounted On A Plywerk Bamboo Panel

 

 

I’m using 310gsm Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag which is the inkjet version of the paper platinum/palladium printers have used for years. It has a nice surface, is acid free, and contains no optical brightening agents (OBAs). One of the reasons why I picked this paper was that this type of mounting is designed to be shown–not squirreled away in a collector’s dark cabinet. No OBAs means that there won’t be a shift to yellow as the brighteners lose their ability to fluoresce over time. I gave the mounted image 24 hours to let the adhesive set, then sprayed the image with two coasts of Premier Print Spray to help prevent scratches and finger prints on the image surface.

To sum up, I really like the Bamboo mounts for these particular images–they make for a more intimate, organic presentation.

 Plywerk Bamboo.

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42 Comments

  1. Neil Enns June 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Looks great Jon! I agree, it’s slightly terrifying the first time you apply the image to the bamboo 🙂

    Neil

    • Jon June 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

      Hey Neil!

      Yes, and I’m guessing when I start mounting 16×16″ prints for the upcoming show, it is going to be more harrowing… 🙂

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  14. Jon Witsell September 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Botanica Obscura: The Next Photo Exhibit! said:

    […] Obscura images, mounted on 16″ square Plywerk Bamboo Panels, which you can read about here. ~ Click To Enlarge […]

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  15. Jon Witsell September 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Botanica Obscura: The Next Photo Exhibit! said:

    […] Obscura images, mounted on 16″ square Plywerk Bamboo Panels, which you can read about here. ~ Click To Enlarge […]

    [Imported from blog at 5:22 pm on September 26, 2012]

  16. Jon Witsell Photographic Arts September 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Botanica Obscura: The Next Photo Exhibit! said:

    […] Obscura images, mounted on 16″ square Plywerk Bamboo Panels, which you can read about here. ~ Click To Enlarge […]

    [Imported from blog at 5:22 pm on September 26, 2012]

  17. Jon Witsell Photographic Arts September 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Botanica Obscura: The Next Photo Exhibit! said:

    […] Obscura images, mounted on 16″ square Plywerk Bamboo Panels, which you can read about here. ~ Click To Enlarge […]

    [Imported from blog at 5:22 pm on September 26, 2012]

  18. Jon Witsell October 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Neil Enns said:

    Looks great Jon! I agree, it’s slightly terrifying the first time you apply the image to the bamboo 🙂

    Neil
    [6:42 pm on June 12, 2012]

  19. Jon Witsell October 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Neil Enns said:

    Looks great Jon! I agree, it’s slightly terrifying the first time you apply the image to the bamboo 🙂

    Neil
    [6:42 pm on June 12, 2012]

  20. Jon Witsell October 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Jon said:

    Hey Neil!

    Yes, and I’m guessing when I start mounting 16×16″ prints for the upcoming show, it is going to be more harrowing… 🙂
    [9:24 pm on June 12, 2012]

  21. Jon Witsell October 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Jon said:

    Hey Neil!

    Yes, and I’m guessing when I start mounting 16×16″ prints for the upcoming show, it is going to be more harrowing… 🙂
    [9:24 pm on June 12, 2012]

  22. Jon Witsell October 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Botanica Obscura Slideshow YouTube and Vimeo | The Decentered Element said:

    […] images. For actual prints, I’ve been using Plywerk Bamboo mounts, which I discuss here. But for images on the ‘net, I thought a little motion and sound might be […]
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  23. Jon Witsell October 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Botanica Obscura Slideshow YouTube and Vimeo | The Decentered Element said:

    […] images. For actual prints, I’ve been using Plywerk Bamboo mounts, which I discuss here. But for images on the ‘net, I thought a little motion and sound might be […]
    [1:24 am on July 3, 2012]

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    Neil Enns said:

    Looks great Jon! I agree, it’s slightly terrifying the first time you apply the image to the bamboo 🙂

    Neil
    [6:42 pm on June 12, 2012]

  31. Jon Witsell Photographic Arts October 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Neil Enns said:

    Looks great Jon! I agree, it’s slightly terrifying the first time you apply the image to the bamboo 🙂

    Neil
    [6:42 pm on June 12, 2012]

  32. Jon Witsell Photographic Arts October 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Jon said:

    Hey Neil!

    Yes, and I’m guessing when I start mounting 16×16″ prints for the upcoming show, it is going to be more harrowing… 🙂
    [9:24 pm on June 12, 2012]

  33. Jon Witsell Photographic Arts October 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Jon said:

    Hey Neil!

    Yes, and I’m guessing when I start mounting 16×16″ prints for the upcoming show, it is going to be more harrowing… 🙂
    [9:24 pm on June 12, 2012]

  34. Jon Witsell November 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Purchase Some Art, Support The North Puget Cancer Center said:

    […] your mat and frame at your local shop to match your own decor. The mounted prints are affixed to Plywerk sustainably harvested bamboo panels–which I must say, have been quite a hit. ~ Click To […]
    [2:49 pm on November 9, 2012]

  35. Jon Witsell November 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Purchase Some Art, Support The North Puget Cancer Center said:

    […] your mat and frame at your local shop to match your own decor. The mounted prints are affixed to Plywerk sustainably harvested bamboo panels–which I must say, have been quite a hit. ~ Click To […]
    [2:49 pm on November 9, 2012]

  36. Jon Witsell Photographic Arts November 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Purchase Some Art, Support The North Puget Cancer Center said:

    […] your mat and frame at your local shop to match your own decor. The mounted prints are affixed to Plywerk sustainably harvested bamboo panels–which I must say, have been quite a hit. ~ Click To […]
    [2:49 pm on November 9, 2012]

  37. Jon Witsell Photographic Arts November 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Purchase Some Art, Support The North Puget Cancer Center said:

    […] your mat and frame at your local shop to match your own decor. The mounted prints are affixed to Plywerk sustainably harvested bamboo panels–which I must say, have been quite a hit. ~ Click To […]
    [2:49 pm on November 9, 2012]

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    Online Store Open! said:

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    […] on Plywerk’s Sustainably Harvested Bamboo […]
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  40. Jon Witsell Photographic Arts November 26, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Online Store Open! said:

    […] on Plywerk’s Sustainably Harvested Bamboo […]
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  41. Jon Witsell Photographic Arts November 26, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Online Store Open! said:

    […] on Plywerk’s Sustainably Harvested Bamboo […]
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