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JMSURPRENANT's Photo JMSURPRENANT Posts: 3,110
2/26/15 8:41 A

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Good luck, and please keep us posted on how you do!
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DAMIES's Photo DAMIES Posts: 42
2/26/15 12:22 A

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I hope no one minds if I reply to everyone in one post. lol

@Ingmarie:
Thanks, and that's fine, with so much photography being digital these days I haven't heard a lot about matting and framing from my hobbyist friends and my dad (who was a small-scale professional in film in the 90s) has not replied to my letter asking for suggestions. I figured asking here would be pretty good place to get wider responses.

@Neeloj:
Ah thanks! :D I thought about buying pre-cut mats at the craft store in town (Joann) but I wanted to see how I could manage on my own. I think with practice I'll get better and with a cork backed ruler I could minimize my slipping issues.

@Jmsurprenant:
Thanks, I had heard that matted pictures are easier to sell, not just due to the cost of a framed piece but also due to the desire most people have to choose frame themselves (easier to match a frame to a room if you live in that room). I love the idea of adding a paper with information about the picture with any sale pieces, I never thought of that, but I can see where it would add to the interest in the piece.
I have been looking around online at mat banks as well as pre-cut and pre-cut is so much easier to find but also a bit pricier in what I have seen so far. But I haven't looked everywhere.
Thanks for replying, it's given me good ideas and some things to look up. :D

@Thomas.H:
Hi! Thanks and it's funny we are interested in taking these steps at nearly the same time. I do hope this thread gets more replies, the ones so far have been very interesting!

@Valsturn:
I like to get different angles for my pictures, sometimes they wind up working great and frame the subject wonderfully, other times they flop, or look goofy, but are fun to take anyway. I would love to see your picture of that chair it sounds neat! I wonder if we have the same tool, my cutter is a Logan 4000 pull cutter. that looks weird but works great ad came with 5 blades.

@Fancyqtr:
Thank you. I live in a pretty rural area we only got our Joann's craft store this last year and it's the only craft/art/hobby store for 60 miles. This is why I tend to order so much online and try to DIY so many things. There is a hobby lobby 65 miles away and I looked at what they had but wasn't impressed(not fond of the company either but that's a different subject). They had a great but expensive frame selection though, just mat supplies were sparse. You should definitely give matting a try a few times it's fun and the results can be amazingly pretty.

@Anyone interested:
I ordered my mat blanks from a site called www.framing4yourself.com I got 2 sets for 25 mats (one set black and one white) and it cost about 50 dollars. The sheets can easily mat two 5x7s if you don't go crazy with the margins. and you an use the "scrap" cores you cut out to mat smaller images sometimes. They aalso sell pre-cut I think.

I am going to start ordering my prints from ProDPI's website/program. When you sign up it s intimidating but hobbyists CAN sign up there you just have to only order prints of your own work, they just phrase things awkwardly. I got three sample images from them and the quality of the prints are so much better then shutterfly or walmart's photo labs and my samples came in less than a week and were packaged amazingly well s the images wouldn't get bent. They also send you "stock" samples of all the papers they have available.

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2/25/15 5:54 P

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Your picture and the matting and frame look nice.

Several years ago when I was taking Air Brush at community college I got matting for something I did. I got my supplies from an art store downtown (Meiningers) or else from a paint and art store near me (Guiry's). I could find more at those places than at the craft stores. From reading James' post I would think photo shops would be beneficial for those covers. I don't know if the art supply stores would carry them.

I haven't thought about matting anything for years, but seeing your post makes me think that would be really nice to do with some of mine if I get any good ones.



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VALSTURN's Photo VALSTURN Posts: 105
2/25/15 2:49 P

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Love the angle on your photo. And the worn looking frame. I took a picture of a wine barrel chair when we were in Dominica nkw I can see it needs matting and a rustic frame. Sometime ago I bought this strange looking met cutting tool with directions and even extra blades . . .now I'm going to have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

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2/25/15 1:33 P

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Very nice picture and mat.

This is a timely topic for me. I'm very interested in matting some of my work and haven't had a clue as to how to get started. What I've read so far has given me several ideas. I shall continue to follow this thread. Thanks for starting it.

Tom

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JMSURPRENANT's Photo JMSURPRENANT Posts: 3,110
2/25/15 10:44 A

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First, gorgeous photo and it looks super matted.

A few years ago I used to have a booth at local arts and crafts fairs and I did have the good pleasure of showing some of my work in group gallery show once.

For matting my photos, I simply purchased pre-cut mats in the standard sizes for 8x10 and 5x7 photos. I mounted the photos by hanging them in the mat using a single strip of acid-free adhesive tape from the top. Then I would place the matted photo, along with a backboard into a cellophane envelope. I also tossed in a flier that described the photo, some of the technical specs along with a business card.

When I sold my work, I found the matted photos moved a lot better than my framed work. I think people who came to the art fairs I went to were more inclined to drop a few bucks on a small matted photo and support the artist then purchase an expensive large framed piece with glass. Again, I was just a small time operator, not looking to make big $$$ but to have fun sharing my work and meeting people who appreciated it.

I purchased the cellophane bags from B&H Photo, and I got my pre-cut mats and backing boards from a variety of sources online. It was some years ago since I did this, I don't remember which vendors I used - I basically bought from whomever had the best prices including shipping.

I do have a photographer friend who does cut his own mats and he once did a workshop at our camera club - I don't trust myself - I don't have a steady hand - but he did say that in his experience you get better over time. I just feel I would have wasted a lot of mat board cutting my own.

Thanks for sharing & good luck!
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2/25/15 10:30 A

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Love your photo and your matting and the frame!!!
I have not done anything fancy so I can't help out either.
But I do love matting my photos. I usually just buy my mats at a hobby store.

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INGMARIE's Photo INGMARIE Posts: 12,379
2/25/15 9:18 A

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Nice photo, cant help with your questions , sorry.
I have done a few of my photos for hanging , using Joann's Fabric and Michael's
for my supplies.
If you find some good ones let me know I would love to get better at this.

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DAMIES's Photo DAMIES Posts: 42
2/24/15 11:23 P

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And framing some of them too. In my area there are a lot of summer fairs that I could enter my pictures in as well as an actual photography show in my little town. SO I want to at least get to the point where I can passably mat a picture and make it look decent.

Back when I entered my county fair when I was in my teens I just glued my pictures to foam board and slapped a pop can tab like hanging thing to them and called it good. I think I want to graduate well above that now. Most fairs don't want the images framed because they don't want glass on the walls that could fall and break and be dangerous so that's why I am focusing on matting and not picking frames yet.

HOWEVER today I got some stuff together and actually matted and framed a practice picture. I need a better straight edge the won't slip since my cuts wound up slightly curved due to ruler slippage, and I need to practice more with my home printed images but in about two months I'll be looking into buying prints from photo-labs that can mail me my prints, then I will mat those.

Anyway, now that's I've rambled a bit, any suggestions on where to order or buy mat board blanks, and foam board and maybe frames? xD

Also how do you (if you do) mat your images? Do you do it yourself or do you pay to have a professional do it?

Oh and this is the picture I did today:
i.imgur.com/vryYsEf.jpg

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