DIY Float Mount Frame

As we finished up the basement, I started looking for art I loved.  Boy did I find it at Wolf Jaw Press, with this handsome Bison.

bison-print-head-detail

At 20 by 30, he was the perfect size for this small wall right inside the garage entrance.

bison-print-by-garage-door

The screen print has a neat torn edge on the long sides of the print, which I think sets it apart from a digitally printed item.

bison-print-float-edge-detail

As usual, I wanted the frame slightly larger to allow a mat.  Because of the torn edge, I really wanted a float mount to show the edges, not hide.  After wrapping the frame backing in a cotton muslin, I mounted the print to a piece of foam core, cut 1 inch smaller.  Helpful tip, 20 by 30 inch pieces of foam core are available at dollar stores, look at craft stores for larger sizes.  

bison-print-float-mount-backing

Then, I used strong tape to attach the foam to the muslin backing and popped it all in the frame.

bison-print-float-mount-edge-detail

That quarter-inch float adds just a subtle shadow.

bison-print-float-mount-side

It isn’t visible unless you’re literally against the wall, even so, the white foam isn’t obvious against the white print paper.

bison-print-float-seen-from-side

Going with a float mount was also helpful in this case because the screen print hugged the left side of the paper, leaving a bit more space to the right.

bison-print-front-detail

He happily greets guests coming in the front door, and just makes me smile.

bison-print-from-entry-door

This simple trick would also look beautiful with a pretty textile, an old letter, architectural prints, and old photographs.  I adore the idea of an item with a unique or uneven edge being displayed this way.

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