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On this web site you can purchase dry mount adhesive for pictures and photo framing. You will find this to be the neatest way of mounting photos, art, newspaper clippings, children's art, and magazine pages. This is also a slick way to stick USPS click and ship labels onto your packages.

Dry Mounting Adhesive (DMA)

Dry Mounting Squeegee Spreader Price $1.69 This item does not come in the rolls below. It must be ordered seperately. At least one is needed.

11 inches wide by 4 foot long roll DMA and Release Paper Price $14.89
16 inches by 4 foot long roll DMA and Release Paper Price $19.89
24 inches by 4 foot long roll DMA and Release Paper Price $27.89


How To Dry Mount Pictures, Art and Labels

dry mount adhesiveWe have small rolls of dry mount adhesive to mount your own works of art at home or for professional use. Dry mounting is one of the slickest, easiest ways of mounting photographs, prints and other art to back boards.

I dare you to try this out and not want to use our method over and over. You will find this to be the neatest way of mounting photos, art, newspaper clippings, children's art, magazine pages, anything made of light weight paper. This method is so neat that once you try it you will absolutely love it!

Dry mounting makes the art stay perfectly flat. You can easily mount works of art using our dry mounting adhesive. No machine is required ! Give this method just one try, you will not regret it!

Our dry mounting adhesive is sold in rolls and the special release paper is provided. The release paper is used over and over, don't throw it away until you have used up all your dry mounting adhesive. The dry mounting squeegee IS NOT supplied in the 4 foot rolls.. You must order that separately. We do this because you don't need a new one every time. The squeegee will last you a very long time so save it. Depending on the size, you can do lots of pictures with each 4 foot roll.

What is dry mount adhesive? The dry mounting adhesive we sell is a thin sheet of paper covered with a very thin layer of strong glue. There are two methods of using the Dry Mount Adhesive.  I will give you My Way first.

how to dry mount a photographMy Way - especially for photographs

Method One:

To your right is a picture of a photograph that you want to dry mount onto a mount board and you want to have a mat on it when you are finished. 

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photograph you are going to mount

Looking closely at the picture, you center it on the mount board and mark out around it where you what the photograph to be placed when done. You can mark it out with a pencil.

To mount this photograph you want to cut a mount board considerable larger than the finished mat you are going to use.  Remember: LARGER than the finished mat that goes around the picture.

Please note that I am using a piece of blue mat board for these pictures so that you can see what I am doing, as most mount boards are white. Also from now on I will call the Dry Mount Adhesive by its common abbreviated name, DMA.

placing dry mount onto a mount boardNext you cut a sheet of dry mount adhesive paper slightly larger than the art or the photograph you want to mount.

Then lay the sheet of DMA, glue side down onto a mount board of your choice, such as mat boards, mount boards, foam core board, or any other smooth sheet.  Lay it right over the markings you made around the photograph and let it extend out over the lines.  It can go out quit a bit if you want.

Click here to see a larger image of burnishing down the DMA to the mount board

Then you use the dry mounting squeegee and burnish the glue down to the board as shown in the photo above - This is called burnishing.

peeling the glue off dry mount adhesiveAfter burnishing the glue down to your mount board, peel the DMA paper off the mount board slowly and you will find the glue left laying nice and smooth on the backboard.

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Dry Mount Glue being peeled off

You can still see your pencil line right though the glue which is struck fast to the mount board.

placing a photograph onto dry mount glueNow take your art and lay it on top of the glue (face side up of course) .  You can see where the glue is sticking out around the photograph which is what you want for this method. 

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photo lying on the dry mount adhesive

The photograph won't stay there by itself yet, and the glue hasn't stuck to the photograph very well yet. To get the photograph to stick to the glue good, you will need to burnish it down.

burnishing down a photograph onto dry mount adhesiveNext lay the special dry mount release paper (supplied) over the top of the art and again using the squeegee burnish the art down onto the glue.

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photograph being burnished down

The white paper in this image is the release paper that is supplied with the DMA.  It will not stick to the glue at all.  You want to lay this release paper right over all of the photograph, not just part of it as shown.  I only covered part of the picture up so you could see what I was doing.  If you wish you can cover up the whole picture and burnish it down.

(the squeegee does not touch the art, you put the release paper over the art and squeegee on top of the release paper only - never let the squeegee touch the art )

a photograph that has been dry mountedYou don't have to over do this, the glue sets up even stronger after a couple of hours. After burnishing the art down, lift off the special release paper and presto, your art is nicely dry mounted !

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Dry mounted photograph

Now if you have your mat all cut, which you should have,  just lay it on top of your dry mounted photograph and position it right where you want it.  Then you just press the mat down onto the picture and it will stick to the glue that was left around the photograph.  You can help it out by applying ATG tape to the mount board as well.

After you have the mat board glued around your  photograph, you can trim around your mat board with a sharp knife.  Presto- your a Pro!

Using this method you should have your mat board all cut to size for the picture you want to use.  I like this method because it is simple, the photograph stays very clean, and the mat board is automatically mounted. All you need to do is cover with glass, insert the works into a picture frame and your done.

Once tried, you will never be with out our dry mount adhesive! It works great to mount your art.

Manufactures Directions

Method 2

mounting art using dry mount adhesiveIn this method you cut out a piece of dry mount adhesive slightly bigger than the art you want to mount.  Then you place the DMA on you work bench GLUE SIDE UP of course. 

You then lay your art work on top of the glue, with the art face up, of course.

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Art lying on top of the dry mount adhesive


burnishing art to dry mount adhesiveNext you cover the art with the release paper and burnish the art down onto the DMA glue. Save your release paper it can be used over and over again, and save it from one order to another as you might have need of more next time.

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art being burnished to the DMA

Here again I am not covering all of the art with the release paper so that you can see what I am doing. You can cover all of the art if you wish to, or just burnish parts of the art down at a time.  The release paper is not big enough in many cases to cover all the art at once, and is also easier to handle using a smaller piece. The release paper is saved and used over and over.

art being taken off dry mount adhesiveThen peel photo off the paper and the glue should now stick to the back of the art. You have to be careful when starting this process but it usually goes good and you can easily see what you are doing. 

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art being peeled off the dry mount adhesive

The glue comes off its paper and will stick to the back side of your art.

On photographs, the glue doesn't stick as good to the photograph using this method, and the edges of the photograph can get glue on it.  This is the reason I like my method 1 better for photographs.

art being glued to a mount board with dry mount adhesiveAfter you have your art free from the dry mount adhesive you then stick the photo down onto your mount board.

I am again using a piece of blue mat board so you can see what I am doing. 

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Art being glued to a mat board using DMA

You want to center your art onto the mount board as in the directions given for method one.

burnishing down the artNext you have to cover your art with the release paper again, and burnish the art down down to the mount board with the squeegee.

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art being burnished down to the mount board

You always have to burnish the art down to the glue to make it stick well. The glue will set up and stick a lot better in a couple of hours of you burnishing the art down.

I hope you are not confused by this method and the first method.  Notice in the first method the DMA is being applied to the mount board first.  In this second method the glue is being applied to the Art first.

finsihed art using dry mount adhesiveAfter the art has been mounted to the mount board using the DMA you can now lay your mat on the art, and glue it down with ATG tape. Then you can cut around the mat board using a sharp knife.  Cover with glass and put your art into a frame to finish it.

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finished art using dry mount adhesive

Some might just cut around the art only and mount that in a frame.  It's really not professional that way for many reasons, such as the fact  you should never have art touching glass for example.

When dry mounting photographs I don't use the manufactures directions  this way and don't recommend you do either.  Using the manufactures directions gives too many problems when mounting photographs.

On photos the glue don't stick so well and some spots miss the glue unless you are very careful.  Then the glue as it peels off the back side of the photo can make a mess of your photo when you squeegee it down.  Use my method 1, above and you won't have any of these problems.  In fact you will find it works perfectly, easy and just plain fun! ..


how to dry mount artDry Mount Labels

Use method 2 the manufactures directions for dry mounting labels quick and easy!

Thousands of people every day use the United States Postal service web site to ship packages using their special Click and Ship It, part of their web site. If you run a small home based business shipping a few packages every day you would be very familiar with using USPS Click and Ship.

When you make the postal label and print it off on your computer, you than need to cut the label out of your piece of paper and stick it to the package. This represents a major problem due to the fact that you cannot apply clear tape over the top of the label. To do so means the postal service might not be able to read the bar codes and send the package back to you which means you would lose that postage and have to reship again.

It is a very real problem and the only other alternative is to buy the expensive label sheets to use in your printer. Shown in the pictures is the perfect, cheap way for you to use dry mounting adhesive to stick those labels to your package.

how to dry mount package labelsThe steps are, print your postal label using your printer onto plain paper. Cut out the label and lay it face side up onto the dry mount paper using the manufactures directions as given above. Next, cover the labels with the special release paper and squeegee it down onto the dry mount paper. Peel off the label and stick it to your package.. It is that simple.........

Use the same procedure on other pieces of art! As you can see the 11 inch roll can do lots of USPS labels without hardly any waste. Note how to use the scissors to hold the dry mount roll open while applying the postal click and ship it labels to the dry mount paper.

If you have followed all the directions on this page, and have practiced a while.  You will very shortly feel very confident about dry mounting and will be not only be able to use these procedures on many projects, but I guarantee you will soon be waking up at night with ideas of other things you can do with this material.  It is a very neat material  and you will soon think of many other places to use the dry mounting process!  

Please note that dry mounting is not reversible and so is not considered archival.
You may not want to use this process on works of art with great value.

Thank You for visiting
Sincerely, Reimond Grignon