How to Mat and Frame a Picture Like a Pro

It’s the height of the holiday season, and many households are working hard to keep their house in order. Whether you’re decorating or preparing gifts, it’s useful to know how to mat and frame a picture or artwork.

Framing your own pictures can save your household a lot of money. It’s also a fun DIY activity that friends and family can enjoy together. Even children can learn some valuable lessons in math from how to mat and frame.

It can be complicated, this guide makes it easy. Check out the steps below.

How to Mat and Frame a Picture

Matting and framing can be difficult initially, but with practice, the procedure will become more familiar. Use these basic steps below to guide your process.

Measure and Cut

The measuring and cutting are the most difficult aspects of framing items yourself. It requires a level of precision that takes patience.

The mat board should cover your artwork or picture. Measure the item and determine how big your mat opening should be. You can use a utility knife to cut the mat yourself.

Additionally, frames are not exactly the size they claim to be. They are slightly larger to accommodate for their contents, like the mat. For example, an 8” by 10” frame is actually 1/8” larger on each side.

Apply Tape

Once your mat is cut, you can apply tape to your picture. Make sure your work area is clean. Half of the tape should be on the picture and half should be exposed.

Place the Mat

Once the tape is in place, hold the mat over your image to determine placement. Don’t put it down until you’re certain of its location.

Once ready, you can place the mat. Then turn over both the mat and picture to check that the tape is secure on the mat. Avoid touching the front of the mat as it can easily pick up dirt and oils from your hands.

Most artists agree that an image looks best with at least a one-inch perimeter of mat around it. Colored mat can be dynamic, but is looked down upon at some art galleries.

Frame the Item

Finally, it’s time to frame your piece. You can put the mat and attached image into the back of your frame. Make sure your picture or artwork is not directly beneath the glass, but that your mat creates a small air gap between them.

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Figuring out how to mat and frame a picture will take some time, but can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. After all, framing one image can cost anywhere from $120 to $270. You can also have more control over the appearance of your artwork and pictures. You may even turn your new framing skills into a side job in the future!

For more creative tips and advice, don’t forget to stop by our page in future.

About RJ Frometa

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