Matting and Framing
“Broken Melodies” is reserved for a gallery show in San Fernando California. I am sharing the process of preparing the piece for presentation.
I chose an oak frame with a pewter finish, to highlight the symbolism of the painting. All my frames are custom built for me by my friend and master craftsman, Mr. Carl Burmeister.
Multiple hanging options in the back to suit personal preferences.
Pegs to hold the backing in place. See how Carl even painted the screws in pewter!
This shows just how much larger the frame is compared to the painting.
Measuring the backing.
Measuring the painting.
Notes on dimensions of the mats I will be using. For this painting I am using 2 mats, a thin red inner mat and a wide cream outer mat. Should be pretty self-explanatory.
Plus check out my cool Muji calculator. Those numbers are so big! Can’t miss them.
Marking measurements with a 2H drop-lead pencil.
Connecting the dots.
My Logan mat cutter! I think this is the 760 Simplex model.
The straight-edge cutter, for cutting mat boards down to size.
Those are Keith’s manly hands! Aligning the bevel cutter to cut out the mat window.
Remains of the day.
Preparing to frame the painting!
Wiping down the inside of the glass to ensure there are no smudges or dust spots.
The wider, cream-coloured mat is the first one to go down.
Followed by the red mat, which has a smaller window, resulting in a thin red border.
Finally the painting is set down.
Careful positioning of the painting.
While not shown here, I like to “anchor” my paintings with a piece of scrap mat board cut down to size, just sticking it at the botton so it will “wedge” the painting in place.
Giving the glass surface a final wipe-down.
Et voilà! The painting is now framed and ready to be displayed.
A higher-resolution photograph of the framed painting shot from head on is available here on the site; simply click “framed view” in the menu above the main image.