DIY - Framing Artwork With Mat Board

I unrolled the delicate artwork in front of my sister and explained to her that they were a gift I brought back from India. The man I had bought them from had thousands of painting ranging from peacocks, elephants, god and goddesses. I was particularly drawn to the paintings that were of fishes. I thought of my family and knew it would make for a great gift.

“There’s one problem though” my sister modestly heisted, “I don’t think I’ll be able to find a frame for them”. I looked down at the unconventional, lengthy art work. “To find someone who can custom frame the art would cost more than the artwork itself” I thought.

Fear not dear sister. I’ve got the the DIY framing solution!

I went to art school and I was taught to mat my art work using mat boards.

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What you’ll need:

  • Cutting Board

  • Ruler for measuring and for cutting guide

  • Exacto Blade

  • Pencil

  • Masking Tape

  • Mat Board of preferred color (must be larger than artwork)

  • Artwork

Make sure to get a mat board larger than what you will be framing.

  • Measure the artwork first before starting

  • Measure and cut the mat board according to the artwork.

Then measure a boarder around the artwork- marking it with a pencil. I made my boarder measurements: 1.5” inches.

  • Below is an example diagram showing my pencil markings. The dotted line (only) is where I will be cutting using my exacto blade.

Once everything is marked, cut away using your ruler as a cutting guide.

  • To avoid any mistakes- place the ruler on the boarder area as you cut. This will prevent you from cutting your final frame.

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Now you will be taping your artwork to the backside of the frame.

  • Measure the masking tape according to the artwork.

  • I didn’t want to damage the original artwork, so I diluted the stickiness by sticking the tape onto my pants first before sticking it onto the art piece.

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Once all edges are taped, stick the mat board frame on top of the artwork.

It’s easier to tape while everything is facing up.

  • After- you can turn it around and press to making sure everything is securely taped.

  • Make sure to erase any pencil markings left behind.

On our family gathering trip to Utah for my brother’s wedding, I took the final pieces along with me and gave each to my many siblings. It was so nice to see all of there faces together again. We were like… a beautiful family of fishes.

XOXO

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