Hi Elsa. I mask the bevels with removable tape and burnish it a little with a boning tool on the edge next to the bevel. I paint the bevel with a small bristle brush and acrylic craft paint. You can paint them any color.
You can put the tape on first and then cut the mat, but I'm better at doing it in the order I mentioned. It's one instance where I'm glad to be so near-sighted. I take off my glasses and can see really well.
If paint bleeds a little, I wait til it dries and then sand it with an emery board or scratch it off carefully with an Exacto knife. (We use Excel blades. They are sharper.)
Sometimes when the removable tape is peeled off, there is some residue that will leave sticky stuff on the glass. I carefully go over that area on the mat with a rubber cement eraser before putting the package together.
And voila, a painted bevel!
Painting bevels doesn't take much time once you get the hang of it. Once again, it's something I learned from The Grumble!
I pretty much do the same thing, only I use those little sponge type painting tools--dry not wet! It gives me more control over the amount of paint I pick up.
If you hold it straight up and down and kinda tap the paint on, I hardley ever get any bleed.
Have never noticed any residue from my tape--you might try a differant brand.
We had a little problem with pricing of this, as we found that we were pricing them less than the cost of a colored bevel mat.
Of course we discovered this while designing for a customer and ended up painting all her bevels cuz it was cheaper! So we upped the price right after she left the store!! lol! live and learn.
Jana and Marie: You turned a geat piece of memorabilia into an understated work of art.
I value the clean, subtle look you captured.It breaks my heart that more framers don't pay attention to the small details like matching corners, and aligning the compo designs vertically and horizontally.