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08-24-2011, 11:10 AM
Matboard Trends
It used to be the good ol’ standby for matting was to cut equal widths 2.5”-3” wide for matting a print. Artists kept their trim detail consistent on all four sides using various colored 4ply mat board to pull out the color in their painting, photograph, or other works. The mat would serve as a subtle compliment to the piece.

Current trends seem to be drastically different from one another. Gallery style matting involves using a single sheet of 8ply mat board in a simply white, off-white, or black color. These boards may be uniform through with no distinguishable core color. While the top and side boarders are equal, the bottom boarder is cut wider by several inches to weigh the image. For smaller, more intimate work, aggressively wide boarders may be used to draw the eye closer to the detail of the image.
http://cdn.dickblick.com/items/172/23/17223-2027-2-2ww-m.jpg (http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-pre-cut-gallery-mats/#photos) http://cdn.dickblick.com/items/170/74/17074-1046-1-2ww-m.jpg (http://www.dickblick.com/products/nielsen-bainbridge-archival-gallery-frames/#photos)

Artists are also going extreme with their matting in terms of texture and color. Bold, new colors and surface values are being introduced, such as suede, linen, and even textures that mimic animal skins. These finishes create a more dramatic appeal to a number of aesthetics including rustic scenes, and textural paintings done in pastel.
http://www.dickblick.com/products/crescent-moorman-fabric-matboard/#photos (http://www.dickblick.com/products/crescent-moorman-fabric-matboard/#photos)

http://cdn.dickblick.com/items/130/14/13014-group2ww-m.jpg (http://www.dickblick.com/products/crescent-moorman-fabric-matboard/#photos)

Large sheets of mat board can be cumbersome to ship and store. Do you offer an alternative?
We do! We offer Crescent Matboard Blanks, which have been precut to popular exterior sizes. But because these are blanks, they have no window cut allowing artists to customize their window size.
http://www.dickblick.com/products/crescent-matboard-blanks/ (http://www.dickblick.com/products/crescent-matboard-blanks/)

-Kristal F.
Product Information Specialist

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