Video: Framing a Print for Gallery Display

My wife says she has never seen me work so fast…

Some galleries require a plain, narrow black metal frame, with the photograph surrounded by at least a 3″ wide white mat. All the materials are acid-free, conservation grade:

♦ 16″ x 20″ Single Mat Conservation Paper – White Wash, opening: 9″ x 13″

♦ 16″ x 20 Matshop Mouldings – Regular Black Metal

♦ 16″ x 20″ Backing Foamcore AF Black 3/16

♦ 16″ x 20″ Glazing Plexi – 1 mm

All supplies from the MatShop, Canada

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  1. Morgan Jackson 10 January, 2012 at 9:32 AM #

    Fantastic Adrian! I’ve only ever used cheepy IKEA frames around the house, but you made that look easy enough to try (and the finished product was 100x nicer). Do you buy all of your matting precut, or do you buy it in sheets and cut a bunch of it at once?

    • Adrian 10 January, 2012 at 9:42 AM #

      I have cut mats myself before, but not frequently enough to be adept, and it is rather time-consuming. Now I order mats custom-cut from the MatShop. The only problem is that you have to order at least 5 of each item, even if they are standard pre-cut sizes. I am told there are cheaper companies in the US and even China, but I choose to shop Canadian. I have received two orders so far, and both were exactly what I asked for.

  2. Ted C. MacRae 10 January, 2012 at 10:54 AM #

    Wow, that was great!

    • Adrian 10 January, 2012 at 11:02 AM #

      Thanks Ted. My goal is to record all my DIY macro projects from now on so that I can share them. And time-lapse sort of makes me look productive doesn’t it? Pity that the high-speed doesn’t make me look any younger (or slimmer!) though…;)

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