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Mat Tips for 2011 - February - Spacing for Mats
Saturday, February 5th 2011   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -   feedproxy.google.com
A common question when matting photos or artwork is whether to leave a space around the image and if so how much.

Whether to leave a space or not is dependent on a couple of things.  First of all is the work signed or numbered in the white margin below the image.  If so - a space at least as wide as the written signature and number should be left all around the image.

Secondly - is the piece very dark and are you using a dark mat.  If so - the white space may create a glaring white border that visually takes away from the image - in which case
Mat Tips for 2011 - Rag Mats
Wednesday, January 19th 2011   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -   feedproxy.google.com
Today's post is courtesy of Crescent Cardboard - a manufacturer of some of the finest matboard in the North American Market and maker of Crescent "Rag" Board.   Rag is often mis-understood by those starting to get into the framing market so I felt this information was timely.

COTTON RAG MAT

For centuries, cotton rag paper, prized for strength, purity and stability, has been the choice of artists, composers, writers and printers. Today it is specified for currency, stock certificates and government documents.

Cotton rag matboard was
Happy 2011! Free Bonuses Anyone?
Friday, December 31st 2010   -   By: Daniel   -   feedproxy.google.com

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Ask Art Marketing Secrets: Open For Questions!
Monday, December 13th 2010   -   By: Daniel   -   feedproxy.google.com

Have a great art marketing question that has been perplexing you or holding you back from that stellar success you dream of? Now is your chance to ask! Our new department,

Ask Art Marketing Secrets

is now open for business and we’re looking forward to answering your questions.

Do you have questions or concerns about artist websites , email marketing, search engines for artists , social networking for artists, hosting open studios, building relationships with collectors online or offline, closing sales, selling art ,
Unsubscribe Me From Your Stupid List Please!
Saturday, December 11th 2010   -   By: Daniel   -   feedproxy.google.com

That is the message that greeted me in an email I received earlier this week. It was 6am and I had just made myself a cup of green tea and was starting my day in an exuberant mood as I reviewed emails. The cause of this this terse little response was an email we sent out promoting the smARTist Telesummit . This is an event which we really believe in and in 2011 we are invited Keynote speakers.

I’m normally fairly thick skinned on the odd occasion someone unsubscribes from one of our email lists – but this time I felt different. This was a who
Picture Framing tip of the Month - Choose a Double Mat
Sunday, October 10th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -   feedproxy.google.com

The fall is noted for being the most popular time to do picture framing and lots of questions are asked about what advantages are gained by a double mat versus a single mat on photos or artwork.

While a single mat does provide a buffer between glass and artwork and can enhance and frame the work - the double mat is all about accent and tying the entire presentation together.

1.  By choosing a secondary or terciery color in the artwork and coordinating your inner mat to that color you directly connect the viewer to the artwork by bringing -
Making your Artwork Stand-Out – Simply
Sunday, September 19th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -   feedproxy.google.com

In the search for presentation of your artwork, sometimes the most obvious and simplest solutions are elusive in the vast array of frame, mat and mounting options.

Here are a few of the simple ones to consider:

Clearly Glass

Float your artwork between two pieces of glass.  For example, take an 8 x 10 photo, painting or drawing and mount it with adhesive transfer tape or glue to a piece of 11 x 14 glass – centering the artwork.  Overlay this with a second 11 x 14 glass and pop into a simple wood frame with no backing or
COST EFFECTIVE ART AND PHOTO PRESENTATION
Thursday, September 9th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -   feedproxy.google.com

Everyone is looking for an economical way of presenting your art or photos in a professional manner and many of the on-line art supply wholesalers have answered the call.

In most cases they have taken the most common sizes of regular and digital artwork and provided pre-cut mats in the common black and white combinations that suit those sizes including cutting the openings in the mats for the most common uses.

Then they have provided those mats in single or double with options like regular matboard, conservation quality or 8-ply conservation as
Picture Matting Tip of the Month
Monday, September 6th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -   feedproxy.google.com
Professionals attach their artwork or photos to the back of the mat – or to a backing board.  However, when using tape – they only tape the artwork to board at the top – often called “hinging”.

Why is this done?  Why not just secure the artwork all around to the board – would that not be more secure?

Beside the fact that the hinging tape or acid-free tape used to attach the art to the mat or board is made for that purpose and both strong and not susceptible to drying out – by hinging only the top of the artwork or photo you allow the a
USING SPECIAL MAT OPENINGS
Monday, July 12th 2010   -   By: Myron D. Arndt   -   feedproxy.google.com

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

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