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Reply #15 on: August 29, 2013, 04:03:16 PM

What is the advantage of a 1/2" border, is there one?  Is a 1/4" border OK?

Guess I will have to get myself some frames and Mats to see for myself how they work out.   Become educated by experience   :smart:

Hi MSWcrane,
I don't think that there is any advantage myself, Me, I prefer the 1/4" border, (not to much white space around the picture) But that's only my preference, Try both and see which one you think looks the more pleasing to the eye, trust your gut instinct.



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Reply #16 on: August 29, 2013, 04:14:43 PM
Sue, I've just recently began using a new type of tape called "Frog Tape" painter's tape for delicate surfaces, rather than the blue painter's tape or masking tape. The Frog Tape contains a patented ingredient known as "paint block," which literally blocks out any paint from underneath it while lifting off easily from the paper, and provides clean, sharp lines. I've found that I don't even need to use the hair dryer on the tape to break the bond between the tape and the paper (a trick Dennis taught us early on in our studies). It's about a dollar more expensive than the regular masking tape, but well worth it, in my opinion.


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Reply #17 on: August 29, 2013, 04:21:40 PM
I'll second that Jani, I also use frog tape, with no problems.



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Reply #18 on: August 29, 2013, 08:52:44 PM
The amount of border you use is of personal choice and all depends on the frame and the particular painting as well as the mat colour.

Using standard size paper makes for easy framing as you then buy the standard frame to suit 8) For the classes I use a 12x16" paper size and buy a 12x16" frame.
To make it even easier, I cut the mats an overall size of 12x16" and cut out the center piece to suit the painting and the width of the white border I want.

It is then a simple matter of just placing them in the frame in the correct order and Bob's your uncle :) No need for masking tape, etc. because it automatically centers itself perfectly. Just watch the first few few free videos to see just how I put it all together at the end of the lesson.
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Reply #19 on: August 30, 2013, 12:07:13 AM
 :doh: DU-UH!!! I was just thinking about prints that we had bought and had to fit in frames. Oi!  ::)

I knew that!  :whistle:       :2funny:
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Reply #20 on: August 30, 2013, 12:53:21 PM
Wow Dennis, you cut your own mats too, I am really impressed now for sure.   :clap: Think I will buy precut mats.  Learning to cut my own mats would be another adventure :blush: not sure I am ready for that yet  :-\
Sue   ;-)

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