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Types and Quality of Mats

Posted by graphitegallery on January 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Various types and qualities of mat board used in picture framing.

 The purpose of mat board is to provide a decorative enhancement, as well as an airspace between the glass and the artwork. The airspace is important to retard mold growth.



Mat board comes in a variety of types, serving different functions. Mat board can be strictly decorative but eventually damage the artwork...

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Glazing For Your Frame

Posted by graphitegallery on June 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In the last entry we spoke about the importance and useage of the Mat in your frame. This time we will talk about the different glazings that are available for your frame.

Glazing is just a fancy word for glass. But it also includes plexi's and acrylics. Any work on paper should be placed under glass to protect it from the elements, damage and insects.

All of the glass types here are based on Tru Vue glass company, which ...

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The Importance of a Mat

Posted by graphitegallery on May 31, 2012 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We're going to be talking about frame construction next. Before we get into the nitty gritty of framing, we're going to talk a bit about the importance of matting your artwork in the frame. Original paintings will not be matted, and will not have glass in the frame. However, for photos, drawings, as well as reproductions on paper, glass and matting are needed.

A mat will help your photo or artwork stand out, it is something that will draw the eye in...

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Why Frame Your Art?

Posted by graphitegallery on May 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)
There are two main reasons that we frame our artwork. First, they aid the
aesthetics of the display of course, but even more importantly they protect
the art.
Frames have enhanced the visual beauty of paintings since the very early days
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Posted by graphitegallery on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Last week, I talked a bit about why people buy artwork. This week, we'll
discuss a little about why people buy original artwork over reproductions.

Why buy an original piece of art work, when you can buy an inexpensive
print? Obviously as a working artist, I’m biased: I think everyone...
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Why Buy Art?

Posted by graphitegallery on May 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Why do people buy art? Today, let's sit down and think a bit. What is art to
 you? What is art to your neighbor? The reasons may be totally opposite for
each of you because you are each unique individuals. Myself, I prefer
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