Reversed Beveled Mats
Matting is the "border"
that goes between the frame and the artwork
and serves several purposes...
will see some
different matting techniques that are most
frequently used, and we will discuss all possible "types" of mat board.
CRESENT RAGMAT SPECIFIER
MOORMAN SUEDE MATBOARD SPECIFIER
CRESENT DECORATIVE MATBOARD
CRESENT MOUNTING BOARDS
|When people think of mats (which of course is EVERY waking
minute of every day of every year..) anyway...They usually think of
what you see here. These do have their place and add a lot of
"zing" (remember zing is important).
These particular mats have "strong" primary colors that go great with the kid's room and are indeed the "focal point" of the wall (if not the entire room).
Notice also the frames are a contrasting color to the mats. This is 1/2 the appeal. If these were all framed in black or silver or gold or whatever, they would not be near as effective, however light oak (that matched the bed) would have also been nice.
The "bevel" on a mat is the "slanted" part that is
visible right before the art.
Bevels are an important feature of the overall look of a piece. Bevels can be:
1). Cream / Paper mat (least expensive) - (not acid free)
2). White / Acid free (used on expensive art) - (bevel stays white over time, protects artwork)
3). White / bleached (utilized when a white bevel is important but the acid free quality is not)
4). Black (available in both regular & acid free versions)
5). Color core (red, blue, yellow, purple) - (all acid free)
6). Regular Cut (you see the slant)
7). Reverse Cut (the slant is not visible)
These are some of the issues we will discuss:
Standard size mats come with a 32" x 40" outer
your art requires a larger O.D. than 32/40 we will:
a). have only about 20% of all available mats to choose from.
b). need to choose from the "oversize" mats (which come 40/60).
Anything over 40/60 needs to be approached with different thinking AND A LARGE WALLET.
2). COLOR & TEXTURE
Once we are choosing from the appropriate size of mats, we are able to deal with color and texture.
This is where we decide how many "layers" of matting we will use. At Baxter's, unless the customer has definite ideas of what they want
(and believe you me...SOME DO !!!!!) we start with at least a double mat design. This is not done to make
you poorer and us richer, it is done because it looks better. If that design suggestion is received in a positive way, we will introduce
"fillet" or other accent in place of, or in addition to, the bottom accent mat. See our "FRAME / MAT / FILLET" section for details.
Here is a good example of a double mat.
This particular mat is "bottom weighted",
|A neat trick on this matting
is that the top mat has a "white"
bevel but the bottom mat's bevel is
White bevel top mats are
In keeping, black core bottom
Here's a prime example of different mat board
"cores". This mat is 15+ years old.
The original framer chose to use a "regular-papermat" on the bottom layer..."duh"
You can see the the aging difference between the two types of mats.
Below this picture is the damage the bottom mat caused to the art it was in contact with.
V-Grooves are an accent line
This cut does not show a color
S I L K S C R E E N E D M A T S
These are the neat ones...
Silk-screened mats have ink actually printed on the
facing paper. These designs
can range from light & very faint to bold & heavy texture. This type of matting is 4 (on a scale of 5) in
our pricing categories. Only suede and hand wrapped fabrics are more $$.
Silk-screened boards are best utilized as a "top mat" (the largest or only portion of visible mat).
Below you will see some examples of silk-screened mats.
Very subtle "leaf" print on top and a darker accent on the bottom. The art is of a frog on a leaf.
This top mat has a more "intense" design. A
"leathery" or "stone" look.
A "fillet" was used as the bottom layer on this one.
"COLOR CORE" MATS ------------------------------------------------------------
"Color-core" mats are pretty self explanatory.
The mat it's self if of acid-free quality while the "core" of the mat is colored.
This leaves a pin line of color after the bevel is cut.
Color-cores currently come in blue, red, purple, yellow and a dusty pink.
Always more to come...
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