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Old 01-13-2005, 07:41 PM
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"Italy"...new one

This is a 2 1/2" x 3" just finished. It's the first mini that I'm framing with a mat and glass! Am wondering if I have a bit too much space on the bottom part of the mat?? Should it be rematted??
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Old 01-13-2005, 07:53 PM
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Here it is without the frame and mat.
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Re: "Italy"...new one

I think it needs to be even on all sides....but I'm no expert.

This is great painting. How long does it take you to paint something this detailed?

What medium and support?
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:24 PM
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Re: "Italy"...new one

Patti:
Yeah, I noticed that too. I shouldn't be in such a hurry to mat and frame these things. I will remat and I think put it into a frame that I made and painted for an early American Folk Art painting I no longer own.
This one took me around and hour and a half to paint.
Medium is Acrylics and the ground is Fredrix watercolor canvas glued to matboard with Acrylic matte gel medium. Happy you liked it!
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Re: "Italy"...new one

I remember from reading about matting and framing that "weighting" the mat on the bottom is suggested. Something I never did, but it looks good that way to me.

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Old 01-13-2005, 09:57 PM
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Jeri:
I always matted that way with my watercolors and it really worked well!
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Hi Bertoni (I'm not surprised to see you in this forum!) ,

I think this is one of my favorites of your minis. The amount of detail you have put into this is amazing !

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This is really great Bertoni. The detail is beautiful.
The matting doesn't bother me, as it is.

Nice to see more of your work.

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Your really getting the details in there with this one. Good job
My personal taste is to mat it in the center, perhaps even a double mat
but it is really just a matter of taste I think
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Re: "Italy"...new one

It is so preciouse, full of color and life.
Regarding to matting, I do 3 sides the same and the bottom larger, but just on the portrait (vertical) format, I have never tried it in the landscape (horizontal) format, but I think it may work too.
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Re: "Italy"...new one

This is very nice work.... and, as a printmaker, I'm a big fan of the weighted mat, something we do a lot with original hand-pulled prints.

To make it even more dramatic, the weighted mat should have the same dimensions on the sides and top with the larger amount only on the bottom. In fact, although I know this is a 'miniature', personally I'd put this piece in a larger frame with a more obvious weighted mat. It can make for a dynamite presentation that way...

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Old 01-14-2005, 10:39 AM
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Dave/Val/Asterea/yoyita and Diane:
Thanks all for the nice words!!! I ended up by trimming the mat slightly and think it looks much better evened out!!! On to the next!!!
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This is a very lovely piece. I like the way you've matted and framed it, except that I'd prefer the mat even all round, just my personal preference, though.
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Eileen:
Glad you liked it! Am looking into a different way of matting minis with that thick type mat that shows off the bevel more. And I'll be matting equally all around except for possibly a bit more space on the bottom!
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Re: "Italy"...new one

HI Burt - just found this!
It's one of your best I think - has w/c qualities to it which suit the subject - it's really nice.
FWIW - I mat the minis equally - they seem to look better that way, but with a 'normal' sized painting I was always used to weighting the mount, the eye is supposed to 'read' this better.......these days, I tend just to make the top and bottom equal, as most framers do ( here anyway).

Double mounts/mats do look nice on most paintings I think - minis included -but that's personal preference!
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