The Essential Addition: Why Matboards Are Needed for Framing Your Artworks

The Essential Addition: Why Matboards Are Needed for Framing Your Artworks

A collection of Dad's multiple tie pins creatively displayed on two ties and framed in matching Scottish tartan colours.
A collection of Dad’s multiple tie pins creatively displayed on two ties and framed in matching Scottish tartan colours.

In the world of art framing, there’s one often-overlooked component that can make a world of difference: the humble matboard. While it may seem like a minor detail, incorporating a matboard into your framing process can have significant benefits for both the visual presentation and long-term preservation of your cherished artworks. Let’s delve into why, at Dawsons Framing, we recommend adding a matboard as an essential step in framing your pieces.

BLACK ON BLACK BEVELED MATBOARD NEEDED FOR THIS ARTWORK WHICH IS A FLOAT MOUNTED DIGITAL PRINT
BLACK ON BLACK BEVELED MATBOARD NEEDED FOR THIS ARTWORK WHICH IS A FLOAT MOUNTED DIGITAL PRINT

**1. Elevating Visual Presentation**

When it comes to showcasing your artworks, presentation is key. A matboard serves as a stylish border around your artwork, creating a visually appealing space that draws the viewer’s eye directly to the piece itself. By providing breathing room between the artwork and the frame, the matboard allows the artwork to shine without distraction, enhancing its overall aesthetic appeal.

Dawsons Framing Creative Decorative Ornamental Matboards
Dawsons Framing Creative Decorative Ornamental Matboards
Dawsons Framing Creative Decorative Ornamental Matboards
Dawsons Framing Creative Decorative Ornamental Matboards

**2. Protection and Preservation**

Preserving your artworks for years to come is paramount, and a matboard plays a crucial role in safeguarding them against damage. By creating a barrier between the artwork and the glass in the frame, the matboard helps prevent direct contact that could lead to smudging, discoloration, or even mold growth. This protective layer ensures that your artworks remain in pristine condition, maintaining their beauty and value over time.

Shadow Box with a raised MATBOARD and a float mounted Stretched Canvas
Shadow Box with a raised MATBOARD and a float mounted Stretched Canvas

**3. Prevention of Condensation**

In environments prone to humidity, condensation inside the frame can pose a significant risk to your artworks. Without proper ventilation, moisture buildup between the artwork and the glass can lead to mold, foxing, and other forms of deterioration. By incorporating a matboard, you create airspace within the frame, allowing for better airflow and reducing the likelihood of condensation buildup.

Double Mat Double Spaced pastel Gutter Mount Detail, protecting your pastel drawn artworks from dust marking the mats
Double Mat Double Spaced pastel Gutter Mount Detail, protecting your pastel drawn artworks from dust marking the mats

**4. Flexibility in Framing**

One of the great advantages of matboards is their versatility in framing. With a wide range of sizes, colors, and textures to choose from, you have the freedom to customize the framing to suit your artwork and personal style. Whether you prefer a single or double mat, a classic white border or a bold pop of color, the options are endless. This flexibility allows you to create a framing design that enhances the visual impact of your artwork and harmonizes with its surroundings.

CREATIVE MATBOARD DESIGNS - TRIPLE MAT WITH A FILLET
CREATIVE MATBOARD DESIGNS TRIPLE MAT WITH A FILLET

**5. Conservation Framing**

For valuable or delicate artworks, conservation framing is essential for long-term preservation. This approach often involves the use of acid-free, archival-quality matboards made from pH-neutral materials. These specialized matboards are free from acids and lignin, which can cause yellowing and degradation over time. By opting for conservation-grade matboards, you ensure that your artworks are housed in a stable and protective environment, safeguarding them for future generations to enjoy.

Double Mat to Print creating a colourful trimmed border
Double Mat to Print creating a colourful trimmed border

In conclusion, while it may be easy to overlook, the matboard is a critical component of art framing that should not be underestimated. From enhancing visual presentation to preserving the integrity of your artworks, incorporating a matboard into your framing process offers numerous benefits. Whether you’re framing a treasured family heirloom or a prized piece of art, investing in a high-quality matboard is a decision that will pay off in the long run, ensuring that your artworks are displayed in style and protected for years to come.

 

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