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Monday, July 12th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -

One of the ways to spice up a matted picture of either an event, family photo, achievement or keepsake – is to create a special opening in the mat you put around your photo or artwork.

This additional “Opening” can be a small round opening to hold a coin or medal, a rectangular or other shaped opening to hold a small object or simply a printed text, logo or graphic that somehow ties into what you are showing in the primary window of your mat.


The simplest example is the “message box” – a square or rectangular in
How to use matting to “Float” your artwork!
Sunday, June 27th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -
A technique that is often used by custom picture framers is to “Float” your artwork.  This is most commonly used when you must retain the entire piece of artwork to be viewed – yet still wish to have a mat placed in the frame that keeps the artwork from touching the glass.

However, it is also an excellent way to frame some items for additional interest sake – for example a fine print on paper that has a torn or “decaled” edge that adds interest to the presentation.

Floating the work simply means showing all of the artwork by attaching it to
Event, Award and Achievement Framing
Sunday, June 13th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -

One of the biggest reasons for personal framing is to mark those special events, awards or achievements whether your own or those of family and friends.

This could include graduation or other educational milestones, corporate and sales success, sports, music, the arts, etc.

We may not all have a World Cup or Stanley Cup or Top Salesperson award or certificate, but we all do have accomplishments and reached goals to celebrate.

Correctly matting and framing those captured events and triumphs will create something that you can are a
Why does picture framing cost so much?
Friday, May 28th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -

The simple answer is that Picture Framing is a business - and one in which expertise, access to materials and often specialized equipment becomes part of the price.

In today's world where anything can be bought at a discount - value is often overlooked.  And value is not something that is equal in every one's eyes.  For example;  if you are a good mechanic and can repair your car yourself - you see little value in taking it to a repair shop and paying hundreds of dollars to change  a water pump.

Yet for many of us - the shop
Art MattingTerminology Understood
Sunday, May 23rd 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -
The following article has been presented many times as a basic understanding of matting and terminology in the Framing Industry. It is a helpful guide and deserves to be shown featured again.

Industry Terminology & Mat Cuts

The world of art and photography presentation can be a confusing place.

We hope that this page will reduce the confusion when browsing and/or placing orders.

Orientation of Mats and Openings

Types of Mat Cuts

Glossary of Terminology

Orientation of a mat and or
What is a "Floater" frame?
Wednesday, April 28th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -

With a variety of images both original and reproduction now appearing on Canvas and Canvas board - the "Floater" frame has become quite popular. This frame often has a "stepped" rabbet which creates the space between the canvas and the outside of the frame causing the canvas to appear to "float" in the frame window.

Often these frames are quite narrow in the face and just as often quite deep to give a block appearance on the wall.

It is an effective presentation and can also be a reasonable alternative to stacked frames and frames with liners.
Consolidation in the Picture Frame Industry
Thursday, April 15th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -

Canada has just lost a major wholesale distributor further consolidating the supply business in this market. Evidence of the recession and changes made by customers and suppliers alike to refine their businesses and cut costs, protect margins and look for efficiency.

These changes will also open the door for more regional and niche players again as the industry re-forms around the available supply of products.

Change is always both a challenge and an opportunity. I will be interested to hear about the affects of some of these changes on small
What is Organic Framing?
Sunday, March 28th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -

Have you heard the term "Organic" applied to almost everything today? Well - yes it has also been applied to picture framing.

The best definition I can come up with is that organic framing is;

"The design of a frame for a work of art that is inspired from the creative mind of the artist/designer and is unusual in that it takes a form not normally associated with a picture frame"

One such example recently shown at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC Canada and produced for its client by MatShop is this aluminum question of the is
Changes and New Chapters
Sunday, March 28th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -
Transition is complete and I now find myself working in new areas with our publishing business under new ownership and new directions.

As a result the blog turns to more of the direction I now find myself working in - that of the enhancement of 2-dimensional visual art through custom framing.

I will take a more direct look at this industry and how we assist artists, photographers, crafters, and businesses as well as individuals to make good matting and framing choices for their projects.
How to Choose Mat Colors for your Pictures - Part 3
Thursday, January 8th 2009   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -


Double Mat Choices

With double mats – you have many more options available to you for your second or inner mat. While the outside mat should adhere to the rules for single mat choices – because you are adding an accent color beneath – you can often allow the outer mat to be a bit stronger since the eye will naturally be drawn to the inner accent color.

The most important thing of course is that the inner accent color should now help continue your eye’s travel on to the focal point of the picture. That is why choosing

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