Buy special glue paper used for mounting
Chinese rice paper paintings to prepare them for framing.
Using the old fashion wet mounting process is too messy
and difficult for most people who are not familiar with
the process, but using our glue paper anyone can get
professional results in just minutes.
Tools Needed for the Mounting Process:
- SHARP utility knife
- Common clothes iron
- Ruler or yardstick for large paintings
- Table with a thin old blanket laid on it, one layer,
should not be too thick or too soft.
- Large piece of glass or smooth wood surface for
cutting painting and rice paper. Glass is best and will
last longer too.
Follow the steps outlined below
and your painting will be ready for framing in just a few
Step 1: Cut the glue paper to size, it should be
the exact same size or slightly smaller than the painting
you wish to mount. It is best to write or paint on rice
paper slightly larger than the desired finished size of an
artwork so you can
trim it to size during the mounting process.
Step 2: Find a clean mirror bigger than the size
of your rice paper painting. Holding the painting against the
mirror use a spray bottle to wet the
rice paper painting and make it stick to the mirror, the
spray bottle should be on mist, not a hard spray.
Step 3: After allowing the painting to almost
but not quite dry carefully peel it from the mirror and you are ready to mount it onto the glue
paper. Center the painting on the glue paper
and use a piece of clean rice paper larger than the
painting to GENTLY smooth out the painting.
DO NOT use force during this
process, it will create wrinkles in the painting, and though they can be removed
later with some effort it is much easier if you avoid creating the wrinkles.
Step 4: With the clean rice paper still on top
of the painting, use an iron set to the low setting to
slowly bond the rice paper painting to the glue paper. You
should start from the center and work outwards in all
directions, always returning to the center to begin again
DO NOT use pressure during this step, wrinkles
created by using pressure will be extremely difficult to
remove later, so let the weight of the iron do the work,
don't use force.
Just use enough heat, for a long enough time to glue the rice
paper and glue paper together, don't over do it. Using too
much heat, or ironing for too long can produce wrinkles.
You can test to see if it is glued together by carefully
peeling a corner back.
Step 5: Slowly peel the rice paper off the
glue paper, the glue should now but stuck to the backside
of the rice paper. Place the rice paper painting onto a
thick sheet of mounting rice paper cut slightly larger
than the painting size, centering it on the mounting rice
Use the sheet of clean rice paper again here to smooth
out the painting onto the mounting rice paper. Once again
be gentle and don't use excess pressure.
With the clean sheet of rice paper on top of the
painting use your iron to glue the painting to the
mounting rice paper.
You should start from the center and work outwards in
all directions, always returning to the center to begin
again working outwards.
Step 6: If you created any wrinkles in step five
follow this step to remove them, if not go on to step
To remove wrinkles use your spray bottle to mist the
affected area, making sure not to put too much water onto
the painting, just make it damp, don't soak the entire
Use the iron again working away from the wrinkle in
opposing directions using light pressure. You can repeat
this process a couple of times if needed to remove the
wrinkle. ALWAYS use the clean sheet of rice paper on top
to prevent the ink from bleeding.
Step 7: Finally the easy part, just cut the rice
paper painting to size, and your finished. Please make
sure you use a very sharp utility knife to trim your
painting to size, you don't want to tear it and ruin your
painting after all your hard work.
Congratulations on Mounting Your
Congratulations, you have mounted a rice paper
painting to prepare it for framing. Practice makes
perfect, and you will get much better and faster after a
few tries. Soon you will be able to complete this process
in five or ten minutes depending on the size of the
Send us a picture of your completed artwork, we would love to
show our visitors how beautiful your painting on rice paper looks
after being framed.