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for Fine-Art Mat Board
Mat board is used inside your picture frame in order to allow for air circulation between the glazing and the artwork. Frame Destination offers do-it-yourself framers a wide selection of high quality matting supplies for photo matting and picture framing projects, including pre-cut mat board and archival-quality Bainbridge mat board. Frame Destination, your online partner in photography frames and framing supplies carries a full line of 8 ply mat board.
Mat Board Protects and Beautifies Your Fine Artwork
Mat board is used to protect your fine art. It separates the glazing from the top of your artwork, allowing air to circulate within the frame and preventing the buildup of harmful moisture that can lead to water damage and staining. This is particularly important when framing art photographs, because the surface of the print can be easily damaged by moisture.
A mat can also shield your artwork from harm that comes from acids. Acid-free products, including mats, are useful in keeping acids away from the artwork's surface, and protects it from staining and other surface damage.
Damage to the surface of artwork often happens because of incorrect framing methods. By using a mat, it helps to hold down art that is composed on paper, keeping it flat and secured in place within the frame.
Matboard can be used in a decorative sense when framing artwork. It can be layered from widest to narrowest width, for the addition of more color and depth to enhance the look of the art inside the frame. Mat board comes in a wide array of different colors, and several different thicknesses. 8 ply mat is a popular choice. Photo matting is typically sold in 4 ply, which is one-sixteenth of an inch thick and 8 ply, which is twice as thick at one-eighth of an inch. Acid-free, archival quality Bainbridge mat board is available in the 8 ply style, and is a top quality mat that offers excellent strength and rigidity.
Other Matting Supplies You May Need
In addition to your mat, you will need a mount board, and picture corners or hinging tape. The mount board is a solid base piece upon which your artwork will lay; because it comes in direct contact with the art, you will want to ensure that the mountboard is crafted from acid-free materials. Picture corners are used to hold the artwork in the correct position within the frame, so it does not slide around, and are hidden from view by the mat. Hinging tape is used to connect the mat and mount board to each other, leaving the artwork free to be removed and reframed at a later time if desired. Both picture corners and hinging tape are available in acid-free varieties.
FrameDestination.com is a top online source for matting, as well as a superb selection of photography frames. Frame Destination provides quality framing materials to enhance all of your fine art.