Double matting is a technique where two mats, with contrasting colors, are cut with slightly different sized openings. This allows you to see a small amount of the inner color mat as well as a larger amount of the outer mat. This creates a very elegant contrast and accent for the portrait. The photo here shows a basic wooden frame with a wide light grey mat and then a thin brown mat. Both mats have a white core which is seen on the bevel cut. As you can see, this gives a very pleasing effect. The double mat shown here is the first double mat I ever did. It is an original cartoon which had been given to my grandmother by the artist. In this case, I chose a brown inner mat to complement the ink and old paper of the illustration.
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Portraits by Holly
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