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Old 07-19-2019, 12:24 AM
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Re: Colored Matboard

Thanks Maria, thats helpful, I saw some really nice ones the other day but had no idea of their age,,,
Pa paw,, you might add a separating sheet of acid free drawing paper between your art and the mats as a little extra protection ? just a thought
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:50 PM
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Re: Colored Matboard

Kaylen, if they're at a garage sale or in a thrift store, I guess I always figure they're old enough to show the core change (or not). I've found a few great ones, but not many.

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Old 07-27-2019, 09:27 PM
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Re: Colored Matboard

The mats that I am not reserving for matting can in some cases be used for the back board.
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Old 07-28-2019, 08:31 AM
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Re: Colored Matboard

The white side of mat boards can also be used for painting in watercolors. it is a different sort of surface to paper but it can be fun. It could also be gessoed and used for oils or acrylics.

Was just at a small (33 artists) Plein Air show. Black, gold, or black and gold frame predominated, and all white mats.
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Old 07-28-2019, 09:52 PM
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Re: Colored Matboard

You have some great answers already, John. I suspect you'll have to ultimately decide what you feel works best for you.

I believe colored mats (usually double mats with two different colors) and a coordinating frame enhance my paintings. I've received suggestions to frame paintings for shows in simple, thin black metal frames with white mats for a uniform appearance for all my paintings. However, while that strategy makes sense in theory, it just doesn't help show off the colors and subjects well enough for my taste.

As for mat size, I believe there are "typical" mat widths for certain size frames. A fairly standard single mat that fits an 11x14" frame measures 2 3/4" wide on the sides and 1 3/4" wide on the top/bottom (landscape orientation). I'll reduce those by 3/8" for the outer (larger) mat when double matting, allowing that 3/8" to be an accent color in the painting as below:

I could have chosen many options for the mat & frame. Regardless, if that painting were in a white mat, I just don't think it would look as good.

Let us know what you find works for your paintings. Would be great to see some!

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