My Recommended Art Printing and Mounting Materials

When it comes to art, most people only focus on the images, but there is more to it than just the images created by the artist. An art piece only becomes a masterpiece after it is displayed and shared with the audience. The printing and mounting materials used thus plays an important artistic role – that of improving the artistic expression of an artist.

On top of that, the material helps to preserve the art piece, which, in turn, improves the value of an artist’s work. As a result, it is important to carefully consider the materials you are going to use when looking to display your work.

What to Look for in Art Printing and Mounting  Materials?

Basically, a good art printing and mounting material is one that will produce high-quality prints that are visually pleasing to the audience, and at the same time, guarantee the longevity of the prints. When choosing a material for art printing, there are several factors that can determine if a certain printing material is good enough to deliver on the results you want. These factors include:

1. The type of material

When choosing working with the SAS Graphics team who print our self adhesive film prints and other mounting materials, one of the most important things they advise us to look at is the quality of the print and indeed, the quality of the materials used. This ranges from paper to fabric (cotton and linen), wood cellulose, plastic, and even metal. The type of material you choose should help to enhance your artwork while protecting it from damage to guarantee its longevity.

2. The whiteness and brightness of the material

The contrast of colors between the printing material and the images is what helps to create a visually captivating art piece that will capture the attention of the audience. As a result, most printing and mounting materials are white in color and bright (some bleached and others reflective) so as to create a good contrast. The whiter and brighter the paper, the more the greater the contrast, and consequently, the richer the color range of the print.

3. The weight of the material

A good art printing material should be on the heavier side to help make the print rigid, thus preventing warping and curling. Heavier materials are also easier to handle when doing large format printing. On top of that, a heavier material will be less prone to damage during the printing and mounting process, which will, in turn, ensure the durability of the art piece.

4. The coating technology used

A printing material is comprised of two layers – the base layer and the coating. The coating affects the ink penetration and distribution of the printer, which consequently affects the final appearance of the print.

5. The material’s finish

Finishes for art printing and mounting materials
The finish, or the smoothness, is another important factor to consider when choosing an art printing material. The smoother the material is, the sharper and more captivating the images will appear. Finishes used for art printing include glossy, semi-gloss, and matte.

My recommended printing and mounting materials for art

Now that you know what to look for in an art printing material, you can be able to choose a good material that will improve your artistic sense. However, with so many materials to choose from, choosing the best one can still be a daunting issue. To help ease the confusion, below is a recommended list of the best materials for printing and mounting art (more tips we recommend are at Guide to print materials)

1. Self-adhesive vinyl

Self-adhesive printing and mounting material in storefront art display
Self-adhesive vinyl is one of the best materials for mounting large format prints. The vinyl can be made from a wide range of materials, and thus you can be sure to find one that matches the printing technology you are using, as well as the type of art project you want to exhibit. A self-adhesive vinyl makes a great material for mounting art as it can stick onto anything, especially the walls. This makes it easy to install in places such as museums, galleries, offices, shop windows, and so on.

2. Wallpaper/wallcoverings

Wallpapers, or wallcoverings, are another popular printing material for mounting art and photography. They are available in a range of sizes, and thus you can be sure to find one that meets the needs of your art project. Wallpapers are heavy, and they are usually scratch-resistant, which helps to increase the durability of the art piece. Wallpaper art printing) is used when the art is being displayed on walls – large and small.

3. Acrylic glass

Acrylic glass is an art printing material that is becoming increasingly popular, especially when it comes to photography printing. The material is crystal clear and very reflective, which helps to create a greater color vibrancy. The material is very durable, offering 100% moisture protection and up to 98% UV protection to the print. It is also shatter-resistant, which helps to guarantee the longevity of the art piece.

4. Foam boards and gator boards

Foam boards and gator boards are common printing and mounting materials for art pieces. They are made using polystyrene foam (with gatorboard containing a wood-fiber veneer on the outer layer for added durability). They are lightweight, which allows for easier mounting. However, they are also durable enough to protect the print from damage due to warping, and from environmental elements such as rain, wind, dust, humidity, etc.

5. Canvas

Canvas is another popular art printing and mounting material that has been around for a long time. Canvas materials are usually made of cotton or linen. They are popular for art projects looking to display a classic feel, which makes them perfect for landscape photography, portraits, and still photography. Canvases are also popularly used for oil painting due to the nature of the material.

6. Aluminum

Aluminum is another material that is becoming increasingly popular for art printing and mounting, and it is mostly used in contemporary art scenes. The benefit of using aluminum is that it offers a great contrast between the material and the images, which makes the prints appear more vibrant. There are also lots of finishing options when it comes to aluminum, for example, glossy or a matte finish, which helps to make the art piece appear sleeker and more vibrant than other materials.

7. Max metal

Max metal offers similar benefits to aluminum printing when it comes to the appearance of the print. However, max metal is heavier, stronger, and more scratch resistant, which offers a higher level of protection to the art piece. On the downside, the material is more expensive and is thus popular with high-end art displays.

8. Sintra PVC boards

Sintra PVC boards (read more at are another material that can be used for art printing and mounting. The boards are made from polyvinyl chloride, which is lightweight (for easier handling during printing and mounting) yet durable. They are available in a wide range of size, shapes, and color, and thus you can be sure to find one that can suit the needs of your art project. The boards are resistant to scratches, denting, and environmental and chemical elements, which makes them ideal for fine art printing.


The printing and mounting materials you choose for your art will influence how your audience views your work. It will also affect the durability of your work, and consequently, its value. Therefore, if you are working on an art project, it is important that you choose good materials that will complement your artistic expression.

Graffiti In Space: Who will be the First?

We can see several graffiti writings and paintings on the streets around us which depict different notions. It has recently gained popularity as a part of the hip-hop culture.

Graffiti was earlier seen was vandalism and people caught drawing on public or private walls were punished. The current trends have changed and it is seen as an art form with great artists doing wonderful graffiti works.

Graffiti Seen from Outer Space

The world’s largest graffiti painting was done by artist INSA and was right named INSA’s GIF-ITI. The image was a heart shaped graffiti repainted with small variations over 3 times and satellite images of these 3 images were captured and converted into gif. INSA is a graffiti artist and was famous for this huge wall murals. With his new work of art, covering an area of 57, 515 sq meter, he had successfully created the enormous graffiti that could be seen from space.

Space Logo Brand Designs on the Space Station

spaceflight logo designerThis is a case of a graffiti being able to be viewed from outer space, and there are countless logo designs in low earth orbit – but recently there are reported cases of Graffiti in outer space. Let’s take a look at a few instances of such art. Continue reading Graffiti In Space: Who will be the First?

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Banksy

Shocking facts about Banksy
Whether you love, hate, or admire him, there is no denying that the anonymous street artist known as Banksy is one of the most influential artists in the world today. However, his success is as much due to his art as it is to the clever way in which he has manipulated the media over the past 15 years or so.

Nonetheless, Banksy has made an indelible mark on the world, and regardless of his artistic talent (or the lack thereof), there is almost nothing known about the artist(s) known as Banksy. In this list, we present you with some more things about Banksy that you may, or may not have known about Banksy, street artist extraordinaire.

Is Banksy Robert Gunningham?

It seems highly improbable that a single person could have hidden his identity from the world for so long as Banksy has done, so whoever he/she, or they are, the British newspaper the Daily Mail, was determined to settle the matter, once and for all.

To this end, the publication launched a full scale investigation into the Banksy affair, and the upshot was- nothing. All that emerged from the investigation was a picture of a man in Jamaica working with paint stencils, who the newspaper identified as Robert Gunningham, a Bristol-born man who is said to have attended the Bristol Cathedral Choir School as a boy.

The report also states that the tuition fee in this school is £9 200+ per year, but how this links the man in the picture to Banksy the street artist, is however not explained. Continue reading 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Banksy

Dead Artist Quotes

art quotesHere are a bunch of resources pulled together when listing quotations about artists and designers that inspired our group, I guess I will be adding more to this list when more artists die.

Robert Genn

000 artists in over 100 countries, and claims the largest collection of art quotes online with over 5,382 authors quoted. His “Ten Commandments of Art Pricing”

Hans Haacke

reaction to art censorship. The piece called Sanitation featured six anti-art quotes from US political figures on each side of mounted American flags.The quotes

Deane G. Keller

” New York Times. July 13, 2007. The Painter’s Keys: Deane G. Keller Art Quotes. Obituary: Dean G. Keller, Yale College Class of 1962 Press release

Nicolas F. Shi

2014-02-02). Nicolas F. Shi, official website “We Are America, by Nicolas F. Shi”. Embracing Our Differences – 2008 Art & Quotes. Retrieved 2014-02-02.

Laurence Overmire

Consciousness Quotes of Laurence Overmire The Painter’s Keys Laurence Overmire Art Quotes The Guthrie Theatre Shakespeare at the Guthrie, 1981-1982 Season Eden

Continue reading Dead Artist Quotes