A board, generally 4-ply, 6-ply, or 8-ply, which serves both decorative and functional purposes. As a design element, mats provide a visual transition from the art to the frame, and textures, colors and proportions you choose influence the look and feel of the artwork. Mat boards also functionally separates the acrylic sheet from the art, which allows air to circulate within the frame. All of our mat boards can be custom cut or purchased in full sheets (32” x 40”) if you prefer to cut your own.
As simple as it sounds. A single mat board within the frame treatment that complements and elevates the look of the artwork.
Technique where the artwork is matted using two separate mat boards, one on top of the other. The visible portion of the bottom mat is called the “offset”. Double mats and even triple mats are used to create depth and interest within the frame treatment. Often used in framing charcoal and pastel drawings in order to maximize space between the acrylic and the drawing’s surface. When using multiple mats, check to make sure that the rabbet depth of the frame is sufficient to house all of the materials.
A ‘drop-bottom’ mat board is one that has been designed to be proportionally larger on the bottom border than on the top and sides. The drop can be as little as a fraction of an inch and as great as several depending on the purpose of the treatment. Giving your mat a heavy drop bottom lends itself to a chic, contemporary appearance especially when using linen or cotton-rag mats.
Matting technique where the art work is floated on top of the mat board with linen tape, hence the bottom mat is ordered with ‘no cut’. Can be used as a stand-alone mounting method or used with cut mat borders.
Multiple Mat Board Openings
We happily cut multiple mat board openings to your specifications, although our website does not currently handle this function. Simply draw out your board with opening sizes, and email it to us for production. Our customer service team will contact you if we have any questions.
Offset or Reveal
Typically 1/4”, the offset or reveal is the amount of mat board exposed on a bottom or middle mat in a multiple mat board treatment. This measurement can be customized to your preferences.
The measurement by which a mat board overlaps the artwork. A slight overlap, typically 1/8” on all sides, keeps the art within the mat board window. Within the American Frame website frame engine, our design tool will automatically add in the overlap when ordering by art size.
The thickness of a mat board. Mat boards are offered in 4, 6, and 8-ply. The deeper the ply, the more dramatic the bevel cut of the mat. 4-ply mat boards are approximately 1/16" thick. 6-ply mat boards are approximately 3/32" thick and 8-ply mats are approximately 1/8" thick.
100% cotton mat boards used in archival framing. These are the highest quality, most beautiful boards we offer from the Peterboro Museum line. These can be purchased as cut mats or in full sheets, with or without frames.
With a reverse cut, the bevel will be hidden at the back of the mat board opening, providing a seamless look for your matted art. Typically used when framing pastel drawings to keep the pastel dust from accumulating on the mat board or to mask the white or cream cores or when using mats with varying core colors.
The opening in the mat board usually cut to art size less the overlap. We routinely cut squares, rectangles and circles.