Introduction to Mount Cutting: perfect for painters & photographers

Duration: One day (10.00 to 4.30)

Price: £70

Run by: Lynne Friel
at Lynne Friel

07908 961229

22 Westhampnett Road
West Sussex
PO19 7HW

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About the Course

This one day workshop is suitable for complete beginners or for those wanting to refresh their mount cutting skills. Cutting your own mounts allows you to use standard size frames and recycle existing ones. Perfect for painters, crafters, photographers, calligraphers, textile artists, in fact anyone wanting to make their pictures / textiles look their best. Excellent presentation makes a world of difference, and if you sell your work professional presentation is essential.

* Learn to cut accurate, bespoke, single mounts using a handheld mount cutter
* Calculate sizes so you can fit your pictures into readymade or recycled frames
* Experiment with mounts and frames to see how they change your picture
* By lunchtime you will have mounted your first couple of pictures
* Spend the afternoon cutting mounts for your pictures and practicing your new skills
* Discover what the back of the frame should look like
* Take home several mounted pictures ready to prop on a shelf or drop in a frame

Straightforward and friendly tuition with plenty of individual attention, maximum of three to a workshop. I will cover using the correct materials, tools and techniques. Lots of tips and shortcuts as well as illustrated handouts. We'll also cover simple ways to make your work more attractive and saleable.

Specialist workshops are available for those wanting to take their skills further, these include double mounting, cutting mounts for box frames, multi apertures, gutter mounts for pastels and introducing depth.

If you want to give the workshop as a gift I can send an attractive small box with a zigzag personalised gift certificate for you to present. I can also run a private workshop for your group (£196 for up to 3 people for the day in Chichester). Please get in touch to talk these over.

I also run mount cutting courses at The Maltings in Farnham, or can bring a workshop to you. Please click through to my Course Provider page above for my website link and contact details.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Two sheets of mountboard, use of an individual handheld mount cutter and all the tools and other materials that might be needed. There will be lots of tea/coffee and homemade cake, please bring a packed lunch.

Please bring several pictures. If you have any frames you want to use please bring these too.

Want to review this course?

An fantastic day spent with Lynne at Studio Tuesday in Haslemere. I arrived as a complete novice but by the end of the day I felt completely comfortable with all stages of picture mounting. Lynne demonstrated all aspects of the process and ensured, step by step, that I understood and was able to work competently on my own. The course also included 'finding the picture' and considering different mount sizes and borders. She showed patience and understanding and passed on lots of tips and suggestions to make the process easier. On the day I mounted two photographs and framed one of them. Very pleased. Thank you Lynne

- - #12781

I joined this workshop in Farnham on Saturday without the slightest clue about how to mount a picture or photograph. By the end of the day I was a 'professional'! Lynne is a superb tutor; she demonstrates and explains very clearly and, with such a small class of just six, is able to constantly give advice and tips as we each created our own 'masterpieces'. I'm so pleased to have learnt this skill and would absolutely recommend this course.

- - #11101

Excellent group and one to one tuition. Friendly small class. A great skill to learn.

- - #11085

I spent a fantastic day with Lynne at Rum's Egg in Romsey learning how to mount and display my textile art work. She gave very clear instructions and went through the process with us individually after the demonstration. I am thrilled to be able to make professional looking mounts for my work and the textiles look so much better than they did at the start of the day. I have bought most of the tools now and can't wait to put my new skills to good use.

- - #11027

What a great course this is. I spent a fantastic day with Lynne (who is a great host as well as tutor). A lovely lady who is so helpful and encouraging. I learnt so much about mount cutting and displaying art work/textiles. A mine of information and happy to share this with her students. Lynne has great patience too. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone interested in displaying art work. I hope to do more courses with Lynne in the future.

- - #10764

I was lucky to have an individual one day course with Lynne who kindly fitted me in to her busy schedule. Having been cutting my own mounts for sometime I was making errors and wanted to raise my standard. What a hugely informative day I had. I came away with so many tips and ideas and knowledge on how to do it all properly that I am thrilled I made the investment. Thank you Lynne for a great day.

- - #10368

I attended Lynne's course in January 2017. My aim was to learn enough skills to mount my paintings in both acrylics and pastels in order to display them effectively.
The information and and direction provided was first class and I was able by the end of the day to have completed the mounts for three paintings. In addition the environment in Lynne's studio was excellent and the working conditions comfortable and conducive for the purpose required.
I now feel I have the necessary confidence to tackle any of my future needs and perhaps help friends and family if they would like a favourite photo or painting mounted.

- - #7581

As an amateur wild-life photographer wishing to mount my own photographs for display, this was an ideal one-day course. Lynne is an excellent teacher who covers the subject professionally and in great detail, whilst at the same time making the learning process great fun. All the necessary equipment is provided at your own workspace, together with instruction sheets and diagrams. The subject is covered in a clear, concise, easy to assimilate fashion before you start to put what you have learnt in to practice and cut your first mount. Breaks for coffee and delicious home-made cake, provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in which to get to know your fellow students. By the end of the day it is exciting to see your own pictures properly mounted and most satisfying to realise that you have done the work yourself. Lynne provides a detailed Suppliers List for you to take home and has some equipment and board which you may purchase if you wish. An excellent course.

- - #6854

I recently attended the 1 day mount cutting course and found it extremely useful. I had previously attended a picture framing course in London which only touched on mount cutting so wanted to learn more about it. Lynne is an excellent teacher and has the patience on an angel. The tips and techniques that she teaches are well thought out and easy to understand. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn and understand how important having the right mount is to show pictures and photos off.

- - #6853

The Introduction to Mount Cutting course offered a very well balanced mix of tuition and hands on practical experience. Lynne explained the principles and best practice of how to present your work, gave clear step by step instructions (including useful handouts to take home!), and helpful demonstrations of how to measure, mark up and cut your mounts. We had each brought our own projects to the workshop, and the small group size meant that Lynne was able to give everybody plenty of individual attention and advice. By the end of the day I had cut several very professional-looking mounts, and would now feel confident to achieve this on my own. All in all an excellent course, and a very enjoyable and useful day.

- - #6377

Lynne's Introduction to Mount Cutting course was probably the best one day course I have been on.

Lynne made each step in the process very clear and easy to follow, and by the end of the day I had cut several mounts which were ready for immediate use. She made the measuring and marking up - the tricky part of the process - extremely straight forward and I went away able to make my own mounts at home with confidence.

Lynne's demonstrations of how to sketch a plan, how to use the mount to frame creatively and how to use the cutting tools were excellent, as was her individual teaching to each member of the group. Since I was also taught how to make a backing for the mount and how to position and secure the artwork ready for framing, I left feeling that I had achieved a great deal in a few hours.

- - #6356

This was an excellent course and not just about cutting mount board. I learnt about some of the things you need to consider when presenting your picture/print etc, specifically the size of the mount opening, width of the mount borders and more creative positioning of the picture/print. That said a good proportion of the course was spent learning how to mark up and cut your mount board. To help with this I was given an introduction on how to use all the required tools and even a few tips on how to fix/hide any mistakes that I made whilst cutting. I was able to cut 7 mounts by the end of the course and now feel confident enough to continue at home in my own workshop.

- - #4874

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 10th March 2018
Thursday 21st June 2018

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