Mountboard

Ordering mountboards from LION is easy. You can order any quantity (10 or over) and mix of all the mountboards and other boards listed below. On their pages, they are marked with the LMMD icon.

We’ll pack it snugly in our specially designed cartons and despatch it to your workshop. The cartons can take up to 30 sheets, but that varies with thickness, and our packers deal with that.

So, you order any mix of 10 or more sheets of anything below and we’ll sort the packing.

Page numbers are for LION 56, 2020, catalogue.

Our standard mountboard cartons take these mountboards:

Value p.54-56

Daler p.58-61

ColourMount p.62-65

Canson Museum p.57

And some other boards and materials:

Corri-Cor fluted backing boards p.67

Daler and ColourMount Cold Sticky Boards p.41

SpeedMount Hot Sticky p.48

Pulp board p.66

Styrene, clear p.72

What is Mountboard?

Mountboard, also known as Mat Board, is a wood pulp or cotton based board that is cut to size with a Mountcutter. Mountboards are graded using FATG (Fine Art Trade Guild) standards, Cream Core, White Core, Conservation, and Museum. Mounts are available in a wide range of colours from leading manufacturers Daler Rowney, Colourmount, Canson, and LION's own brand, Value.

Colourmount mountboards are manufactured in the UK by Slater Harrison Ltd, a company with over 80 years experience. The range features around 160 (Chk) shades and colours and a choice of 10 thicknesses, from 0.45mm to 3.0mm. Three key types of mountboards, with many variations.

Colourmount Conservation

  • Pigmented face paper, acid free
  • Acid free white core
  • Acid free backing paper
  • Buffered, pH 7.5 - 9.5

See the range here

Colourmount White Core

  • Lignin free face papers
  • Lignin free core
  • Lignin free backing paper

See the range here

Colourmount Cream Core

  • Coloured face paper
  • Cream Core pulp board
  • White backing paper
  • More than 110 colours available

See the range here

Colourmount Black Core

  • Contrasting exposed bevel or v-groove
    creates stylish effects
  • Black core contains carbon black to create
    the deep black coloured centre
  • Alkaline-sized, pH neutral
  • Choose from 6 face colours

See the range here

Daler Rowney have been producing a very wide range of quality mountboards in the UK for many years. Careful selection of all the materials and digital control of the manufacturing process ensures that all the boards in their range are of the highest quality.

Daler Conservation

  • Meet or exceed FATG standard for conservation
  • Face papers are acid-free, colourfast, resilient and bleed-resistant
  • Cores are alpha-cellulose fibres. Soft natural white will stay white
  • Alkaline-sized, acid-free and calcium carbonate buffered for enhanced durability
  • Conservation boards are lignin-free with no optical brighteners

See the range here

Daler White Core

  • Pure white core giving a clean, crisp, bevel cut
  • Boards are lignin-free, alkaline-size and pH neutral
  • Calcium carbonate buffered to enhance their useful lifespan by minimising the effect of atmospheric pollutants
  • Comprehensive selection of 120 colours and textures
  • Meets FATG specification for standard mountboard

See the range here

Daler Cream Core

  • Face papers are acid-free, colourfast, resilient and bleed-resistant
  • Core is virgin wood pulp with a characteristic pale ivory colour
  • Boards are alkaline-sized and pH neutral
  • Choose from over 100 colours and textures
  • Meets FATG specification for standard mountboard

See the range here

Daler Black Core

  • Contains carbon black to create a deep black coloured centre
  • When bevel cut it creates a distinctive appearance
  • Alkaline-sized, pH neutral
  • Calcium carbonate buffered to enhance their useful lifespan by minimising the effect of atmospheric pollutants

See the range here

Value we introduced this carefully curated collection of mountboards over 25 years ago it has been popular with framers and their customers ever since. Made in the UK, it offers Conservation, White Core and Cream Core in a range of just twenty two colours which meet a big proportion of any framers’ requirements.

Value Conservation

  • Acid-free cores of alpha-cellulose, which start white and stay white.
  • Nine great colours, including Hayloft and Black
  • Face papers are colour-fast, bleed resistant and sized
  • Boards are buffered and with no OBAs
  • Backing papers are off-white and acid free

See the range here

Value White Core

  • Pure white core, free of lignin which removes the risk of acid developing over time.
  • Cores are pH neutral and with calcium carbonate
    buffering to enhance its useful lifespan by minimising the effect of atmospheric pollutants
  • Face and backing papers are lignin free
  • Choose from 21 popular colours

See the range here

Value Cream Core

  • Use these boards where fair quality at a good price is the deciding factor
  • Core us virgin wood pulp, pale ivory
  • Face papers are alkaline sized, lignin free and pH neutral
  • Make your choice from 20 colours

See the range here

Canson Museum mountboards are made from 100% cotton fibre, which is naturally acid-free and provide the best possible conservation quality. The boards are made by careful lamination of plies of 0.3mm paper together, using pH neutral adhesive. This means that Canson museum boards are same colour on both faces and in the core.

Canson Museum mountboards

• Ivory White, solid colour, Naturally acid-free with alkaline buffer

• Suitable for bevel cut mounts and for under-mounts

• Made in France from 100% cotton fibres

• Meets Fine Art Trade Guild's Museum standard

• Photographic Activity Test (PAT) & ISO 9706 compliant

See the range here

Fine Art Trade Guild Mount Board Standards

Museum Rag, Level 1; Conservation, Level 2; White Core, Level 3; Cream Core, Level 4

(Levels 3 and 3 are used only by Lion and are not approved by FATG)

FATG Museum Mountboard

1 Museum Mountboard

- 100% cotton fibre, containing no post consumer waste (i.e. no re-cycled fibre)
- Naturally acid free
- Buffered with calcium carbonate

FATG Conservation Mountboard

2 Conservation Mountboard

- Containing no post consumer waste (i.e. no re-cycled fibre)
- Chemically purified to remove all the lignin
- Buffered with calcium carbonate

3A White Core Mountboard

- Wood pulp chemically purified to remove the lignin
- Buffered with calcium carbonate of 7 to 9.5
- The core starts white and stays white

3B Cream Core Mountboard

- Un-treated wood pulp
- Buffered with calcium carbonate of 7 to 9.5
- Contains lignin which will cause the core to turn brown over time

Colourmount, Daler and Value are all members of the international FATG Mountboard
Group. The manufacturers work with the Guild to maintain and improve mountboard
standards and to create wider awareness of those standards amongst framers and consumers.

3A and 3B are quality sub-categories applied by LION and are not FATG approved.