Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Cutting Mats for Art Work with Cameo and Video Tutorial on Text in Studio

As most of you will know, I don't just have one crafty hobby, I have several and one is painting. I paint in watercolour or acrylic which is cheap enough, the cost is in the framing.

Generally I only do small works, partly a space issue and partly cost!  However, framing for even the smallest of  art is expensive but often if you go to car boot sales or such you can find a frame you like going cheap or one you can renovate.

The next problem you encounter is the 'mat' - the inner card frame that is designed to set off your painting or photo. Whatever frame you have bought may or may not have a mat, it may be discoloured or the wrong colour, or damaged or just the wrong size for what you are doing.

Well, the good news is that you can now make your own mats up to  the 12 x 24 inch size at least, on your Cameo.

If you want to do it, I suggest you buy some watercolour paper that is fairly heavy. My pad is (I think) 160 gsm or 300 lb and the Cameo cuts it just fine.

Design your 'window'- that's pretty easy and centre it to the page.  You can choose any shape you like!
The next step is up to you but professional framers make the window ever so slightly higher than that, leaving a bigger border at the base. Something to do with the way the eye works.

When you have your mat cut, you can decide if you want to raise it a bit off the painting. If you do, you can use pieces of craft foam on the back to give it height.

Now, if you are really serious about your art you will know all about acid free this and that but to be honest, for most home artists this isn't so much of an issue. I've never bothered about what I use other than the paper and have no problems. If you want to make your art last 50 years or so, you may want to just use another layer of the watercolour paper if you want a thicker mat.

Of course, if you wish, you could add text to your mat, either in pen or vinyl, to personalise it even more, or even paint your mat to change the look. See the link for Video tutorial on how to use text function in Studio.
Just use some imagination and you will be amazed at what you can do!

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