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Glazing Your Artwork

“Glazing” is the framer’s way of saying that you’re putting glass over artwork; and it would suffice to say just that except that sometimes you don’t use glass, you use acrylic. Acrylic, the clear, unbreakable plastic often referred to by the brand name Plexiglas, has several advantages over glass that make it desirable in certain circumstances. The primary advantage of acrylic is […]

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Glazing

GLAZING YOUR ARTWORK “Glazing” is the framer’s way of saying that you’re putting glass over the artwork; and it would suffice to say just that except that sometimes you don’t use glass, you use acrylic. Acrylic, the clear, unbreakable plastic often referred to by the brand name Plexiglas, has several advantages over glass that make it desirable in […]

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Proportion

Proportion is a relationship between various parts of a whole thing. Unless a person is an artist or a scientist, well-balanced visual proportion is something one sees rather than measures. It is a personal visual balance of light, color, texture, shape, and line. The proportions an individual feels most comfortable with are based on a lifetime of personal, cultural, and […]

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Size and Proportion

When designing matting and framing for artwork, harmony among all elements is a key goal. When everything within the design has proper placement, size and intensity, good composition and balance of proportion has been achieved. Proportion is something one sees rather than measures. It is a personal visual perception of the balance of light, color, texture, shape and […]

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Designing With Standard Sizes

It is helpful to be aware of the standard sizes for the art and framing industry, since mats and boards are often made to standard sizes, glass is often pre-cut to these sizes and many ready-made frames are available in them. Knowing these sizes will help in choosing the best framing for artwork with regard to availability […]

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Designing Mats for Standard Size Frames

Ready-made frames are available in standard sizes (page 7). All of the standard sizes are based on some practical purpose. For example, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, and 11″ x 14″, among others, are designed to coordinate with the photography industry. Some of the larger sizes are based on the size of a sheet of watercolor paper, or the […]

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Determine Window Size

Once you have a settled on a reading of the artwork, you will want to decide how you are going to present the artwork in the window of the mat. You can display just the image in the window of the mat, hiding any unprinted area surrounding the image beneath the borders. Or you may elect to show […]

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