Creative Matting

Connie

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Ok, I am working on the V Groove and I am having pretty good luck. But, I need to find more ways of making creative and different mats. I have put my name in for a class at a local moulding store, but have not heard back for quite awhile. Does anyone have tips on books, videos, or classes to make mats? I would like to be able to offer more and learn more since I just started this in November. I don't even know what things are out there!! I'd appreciate any help! Thanks.
 

Steven6095

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Keep looking around here for ideas
Some of these people put up designs that will blow your mind.

Also, Vivian Kestler has a book on creative matting. Even though I have been doing this for a while I still use it now and then as a reference.
 

jini

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There are many mat designs that you can find in books. The fun way is just to play around and be creative. I once did a mat using v-grooves to create a football field in green suade for a background of a football shadow box. My advive is to keep a jurnal of ideas, no never know when you might think up a winner.
 

John Ranes II CPF GCF

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Connie,

There are a number of books available through the PPFA bookstore, and courses at the major trade shows each year.

The next major show is the Decor Expo Atlanta show in September, where I will be teaching a full day mat cutting class...

Decor Art & Framing School - Mat Cutting

Register online or phone Decor for more information.

Regards,

John
 

Matoaka

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Check out fabric-wrapped mats. They can be beautiful!! And you can pick up remnants from most fabric stores. And try wrapping them over 1 or 2 pieces of foam board for a real dramatic effect.

Have fun! Play away!!
 

Terry Hart cpf

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Check the archives for Bogframe shamless selfseving ad for his book and ofr video I think. Maybe that will help (Bogframe anyway)
 

osgood

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Connie,

At the Sydney trade show I bought a DVD called "Mat Cutting & Decoration" by Vivian Kistler and I can recommend it.

If you can't find it easily contact Vivian and I'm sure she will help you locate one!
 

Mick11

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I have all Vivians current books among a host of others for reference.
IMHO these are the best books on framing currently avaliable.Easy to read and understand.
 

Bogframe

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Originally posted by Terry Hart cpf:
Check the archives for Bogframe shamless selfseving ad for his book and ofr video I think. Maybe that will help (Bogframe anyway)
Shamless...I like that! True, it IS shamless. My method for less stressful v-groove designs IS available both in hard copy and on CD (in both Illustrator and PDF formats). For the piddling price of just $15.00 + $1.55 for postage, you can learn to do more that 10 different designs for fun and profit. Give it a shot, and if you get confused, I'm always here to help!

PS. Connie, I hope you've gotten your copy by now and are increading your prfit margin!
 

Terry Hart cpf

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Hey Seth, thought it was an accurate quote. Glad Connie contacted you. Enjoyed your articles in the PFM.
 

Bogframe

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Connie decided to go for it too! Connie, give me your e-mail address and I'll send you a picture of what a finished mat with one of the designs looks like! I'd post one, but I don't know how to use my new isp's storage space yet!
 
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