Magazine article in bits ...


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Nov 19, 2003
Orange County, CA
A customer wants a magazine article framed. This consists of text that is spread across several small columns over several pages. Unfortunately the pieces of text are really small, and putting each in a separate window will not look good. The customer would like the separate pieces of text "butt jointed" in a single window. Is there a good technique for doing this?
You know, I tried to "butt" some newspaper and just couldn't get it to look good. What I did in the end was use an off-white undermatwith 3/8" mat between pieces. Then I arranged them into three columsn and put a top mat (we used black, but it could be any color) around the arranged columns. One of the columns was a little shorter so I left more of the off-white showing on the bottom of that one and "leveled" the top mat openings at the bottom.

It looked reasonable and the customer was very pleased. I know it's not "butted," but it's straight forward and still accomplishes the look of contiguousness. (is that a word?)

BTW, mount on black board. The text show through is less.
Kathy's right.

Either this is the most amazing coincidence or I just answered a remarkably similar question on HH.
Are you good with an exacto knife? Scan, and then roughly cut into pieces. Then line up and overlap the bottom of first section with top of the second, etc. and cut both with one pass. That way, they'll but together seamlessly. Make sure to overlap in such a way that the spacing looks like any other space between two lines, then use rubber cement so the paper won't buckle from any water in the glue. When this is done, scan again and you will barely see the lines if at all.
Your computer can do the cut and paste more quickly and neatly. If don't have Photoshop, you can do this with Photoshop Elements, a $70-or-so program that every framer should have and learn to use.

(That's one of those sweeping generalizations that I usually hate.)
I also do that in MS Publisher. Then print as a set of longer columns or a page onto a nice mat photo paper.

The paper is neutral (my test), and the ink is supposed to not be light sensative for 100 yrs.

At least it won't be yellow in a year like newsprint.
PS: Rather than using rubber cement to adhere the pieces (it will yellow badly over time), use YES! paste. It is a stick flat glue, and states that it is archival, etc. I can testify to the non-paper-buckling qualities of it. Good stuff. Art supplies stores (like Howards!) carry it. It is a little pricy at $10ish for about 16 oz, but it lasts forever and very little is needed to do the job. Should be in every framer's arsenal...