All About Frames and Mats

Finding the right piece of art can be a lot of effort, but there is no greater pleasure than finding art that truly resonates with you. If you are lucky enough to find a piece of art that speaks to you, it can be a little too easy to overlook some of the smaller details, such as the frame or mat that you will use for your piece.

However, if you take a little bit more time to find a frame or mat that fits the piece just right, the art will feel more complete. This post hopes to help you find the right frame and mat for your art, once you have found that special piece.frames

Frames
Frames have long been used as a way to create a physical barrier between a piece of art and the outside world. With that said, a good frame should be able to complement the art in such a way that it becomes a part of the piece itself.

Traditionally, the style or period of frame that you use will match the period of the art being framed. If it is a Victorian piece of art, for example, a Victorian frame is the perfect pairing. Another example is that a family portrait is normally associated with a smoothed wooden frame with golden trim or gold leaf.

Frames come in a variety of shapes and styles, but one of the most defining features is the type of materials used. More often than not, a frame will be made from some type of wood. Some of the more popular types of wood to use are maple, oak, walnut and cherry, as they all have a unique colour and pattern.

Mats
Mats are used for paper artwork instead of canvas, and is perfectly suited to watercolour paintings, prints and sketches. Mats are visible around the edges of the artwork, and are made in a wide variety of colours, styles and materials. Double-matting is a great method of using two mats of different colours to complement the artwork.

Mats are available in three forms – paper, alpha-cellulose and rag mats. Paper mats are the least expensive of the three, but over time the edges will start to deteriorate and turn brown. Alpha-cellulose mats use wood pulp that eliminate the acids found in paper mats that are responsible for deteriorating the art. They are still susceptible to damage over time, though. Finally, rag mats are naturally acid free as they are made from cotton. This type of mat is the gold standard and should never deteriorate, but it does cost a little more.

Client Testimonials

Naomi Kotz, West End

Hi Fantastic Framing,I just wanted to let you know that my husband loved the framed oil paintings! He was impressed with the mat color and he really likes the frame color. Thank you for doing such a beautiful job on the paintings; you made them even more special than they already were.

Brenden Wilmot

I have been associated with Fantastic Framing since 2007. The owner of Fantastic Framing, is an excellent framer and businessman. I know he keeps up with current market trends and framing industry education. I am always confident that my artwork will be designed to my liking and handled properly. If you are looking for an excellent framer – contact Fantastic Framing!

Irma

Hello Fantastic Framing,Thank you so much for the beautiful job you did with the framing, including the glass and matting. You did a fabulous job at a fantastic price. I must admit, when Peter showed me the Memorabilia I had tears in my eyes. I’m deeply grateful for you generosity and kindness. Peter and I will be back again. You are highly recommended! Kind regards.

Lori Cole, Melbourne

Hey Fantastic Framing,My friend just loved the framing of the Paintings, although, to be honest, I almost kept it myself instead of giving it to him because I liked it so much  I couldn’t be any happier with how the matting and framing turned out. As you know I have a ton of other prints that need to be framed so hopefully I can make it in soon and get something rolling. Thanks again!Until next time.

Michel – North Bondi

Hi Fantastic Framing,I just wanted to thank you for your time, talent, and effort fixing and improving our antique frames. I was unsure about trusting a random person on the internet with our treasures. After meeting with you and seeing your amazing work, you exceeded any expectation I could have dreamed of! Thank you so much for your work, I really appreciate it!

Lauren

Fantastic Framing’s framing is a work of art. He has a great eye for what will enhance and showcase any piece of art he frames. His ideas and his craftsmanship produce the highest quality of framing I have seen. As a long term customer I strongly recommend him and his work.