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Old 04-11-2012, 08:20 PM
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Re: Spring is here!

I totally understand. I did exactly the same thing with a sunset painting that my daughter taught was a masterpiece. She wanted it framed and it cost $200. Luckily most of my paintings are recycled right now. (think catch and release if you are a fisherman ). But when I get better at this I will stick to the standard sizes.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:55 AM
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Wow! I love the way you did the bee.

As for standard sizes and pre-cut mats, you might think about getting a basic mat cutting system. I often cut my own mats especially if a crop is needed or I worked to an odd shape, then lay it out within a standard frame size outer dimension so I don't need special framing.

The mat cutter I bought is the Logan Team System 2 - just a guide rail and slant head cutter, from Blick. It's quite inexpensive as mat cutting systems go but it does the job. I think the new version also comes with the straight cutting head that I had to order separately. Some frame shops will sell mat boards too. It's not that hard to cut mats, you mark it up on the back side and cut from behind so it comes out looking good on the front.

More expensive systems have measuring built into them and a board that the cutting rail is mounted to. They're a little easier to use but I was happily surprised at how well the bare bones inexpensive system works. If you're not cutting hundreds of mats you don't need one of the expensive industrial scale ones.
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Thanks Robert. Appreciate the info about mat cutters. I have thought about it in the past and may well end up getting one.

Generally though, I get mats from Michael's with the 50% coupons and they end up being very cheap. They are also the white core ones as opposed to cream core at other places. Still doesn't solve the problem of custom sizing, so yeah, I have the mat cutter on my long list of art supplies.
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The bee is great and for some reason I really like what you did with the background!
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