Linen Tape on Paper Artifacts

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    • #132018

      I have a question about the use of linen tape on paper artifacts. I keep seeing that it is the current thing to do but I don’t understand why.

      In the past 10 years, at the museum where I currently work, linen tape was used on hand drawn images in our collection to help them remain in place, which were then stored in mat board.

      Our problem is that some of the images were not stable enough and completely tore off at the linen tape or were torn in half.

      I don’t understand why it is in use. I see tape as a permanent solution and I know it can be removed with mineral spirits but why would I attach tape to something to later remove it? Also, the tape is on the front of the artifacts (which I have seen in other museums) and I can’t see how that would work well if the piece will be used in an exhibit.

    • #132022
      Nancy Barthelemy

      I haven’t ever used linen tape except to hinge mats together. I’ve always used Japanese tissue, as it’s safe and won’t harm the print or other image being attached.

    • #132021

      When I use linen tape with a work on paper I attach on the back of the work and create a “T” hinge; so the upright part of the “T” attaches to the work and the crossbar of the “T” secures it to the mounting board

    • #132020


      But why do you attach linen tape to the artifact? Is this strictly for storage purposes or do you keep the taped paper artifact that way for an exhibit? Do you plan on ever displaying the piece in an exhibit without the mounting board and if so, then do you plan on cutting the linen tape from the mounting board and then attaching more linen tape to the artifact after to secure it back to a mounting board?

    • #132019
      Becca DuBey

      We store our works on paper flat, in a flat file. When exhibiting we attached the piece to a mounting board with a window mat over it, then place in a glazed frame. The linen tape is wonderful because it is strong, and reversible with water and a q-tip. When removed from exhibit, we would remove all traces of the tape on both the mounting board and the back of the work of art, then return the artwork to its original location. The mounting board is then re-usable. I would not use it for repairs.

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