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FRAMING AND MATTING

Selecting The Frame And Matting
Unless you are familiar with woodworking, we recommend that you have your print professionally framed. Framing can be a challenging process. It requires special equipment and materials for proper frame construction, cutting the mat and to mount your prints. Light, temperature, acidity and excess humidity can damage unprotected art on paper. The same applies to most art mediums. Proper framing adds beauty and longevity to the print. The colors and style of both the frame and the matting will substantially affect the quality of your presentation. To accomplish this select a frame and mat color that is harmonious to the print colors. This tends to bring out the colors in the print and lead attention into the print rather than distract from it. The end result should contribute to the visual beauty of the framed print. Remember, the frame will add inches to the overall size of the presentation. A 2.5 inch frame will add 5 inches to the height and width of the framed art. Make sure it will fit in the space where it will be mounted.
A more economical choice is to purchase the frame components and mats from your local artist supply store. Bring your print so they can assist you in making the right selections. The frames are easily assembled and will provide your print with protection from UV radiation and the atmospheric conditions of your home. The frame and mat are what brings out the maximum beauty of a framed print. There are also many on-line framing supply companies that can provide you with your framing needs.

Glazing (transparent sheeting)
Protecting your prints from ultraviolet radiation is critical. This applies primarily to watercolors and prints. Glazing is a flat sheet of transparent material that covers and protects the surface of the artwork while allowing the full intensity of the print to be enjoyed. Low-glare glazing (e.g. Plexiglas or Lucite) is recommended for the framing of prints. It offers greater protection from ultraviolet radiation than glass does. UV radiation can cause the print suffer from premature fading. With the proper glazing and avoiding placing the print in direct sunlight your prints will have extensive longevity that surpasses 100 years. The manufacturer of the paper that we print on, Epson, claims a lifespan of 200 years.

The Mat
Mat board serves two very important functions in framing: It protects the artwork, and it showcases and enhances the framed subject. Mat board comes in a wide variety of colors and materials. Use only acid-free mat materials for works of art on paper. Museum quality rag mat boards provide optimum archival protection and are highly recommended for art prints.
Matting generally consists of two boards; the backer board and the window board. The backing board supports the work of art, which is attached to it. The window board provides a border around the artwork, and prevents the glazing sheet from contacting its surface. The backer board can be cut from acid- free foam core. You can buy custom mats from your local artist supply center.

Using An Existing Frame
You may have an existing frame that you would like to use for your print. The biggest challenge will be to determine the size of the print to be ordered. We can adjust the dimensions of the print to fit your frame. It is possible to moderately distort the image without compromising the integrity of the image. However, depending on the painting selected and the amount of distortion required to fit your frame, it may not be possible to distort the image to where it will fit your existing frame without compromising the art. We recommend that you e-mail to us the size of the frame opening and the art selection. We will adjust the size of the art to your frame to see if the art will fit. We will e-mail with the results. If the art fits, your order can be immediately processed.

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