The last picture I had custom framed was an abstract image of dancing African ladies I purchased from a beach vendor in Mozambique. The painting cost $15. Framing it was $185.
Custom mats can take a standard piece of art and elevate it. See?
|Okay...so the one on the right might need a little fixing.|
I love my goofy art. I don't mean to imply that they're average or uninteresting. But imagine them in mat-less frames. Or frames with two inch mats. They would have far less presence.
I had these mats cut so that the bottom is twice the height of the top. I really like the look, although I wish I had gone a little more dramatic.
There are so many different ways you could use custom mats.
- Keep costs down by sizing up and having a mat cut for irregular size art.
- Embrace colored mats.
- Give images a high-end look by doubling up mats.
- Simply buy nicer mats than what comes with the frame (i.e. textured or larger.)
- Cut the mat unevenly to add drama (like these.)
These mats were about $20 each, which is much better than $185. I paired them with store-bought frames (in this case Ikea Ribbas.)
It's nice to have someone on that wall again. It's been naked ever since I moved my globes to the TV wall. And since my homemade lamps look so lovely in these pictures, I thought it was a good time for a shameless plug.
Anyone else ever use a custom cut mat to give a frame a different look? If so, what did you do?