How-To: Planning Artwork Size for Matting

A good tip for artists wanting to save a bit of money on framing costs: planning your artwork sizes and margins eliminates matting issues for yourself and/or future customers who buy your work. It doesn’t take long and will save money when the need to mat or frame your artwork arises. This is particularly true for artists who create daily paintings on paper and wishes to mat/back/bag them for sale after the work is complete.

I will give two example price outcomes in this post; one will be an already completed artwork which fits into a 9″x12″ mat, and the other is a planned artwork which will fit into an 8″x10″ mat. The price difference to frame these works is approximately $15, which can add up if an artist is planning on creating a large amount of work.

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