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Mat Color

Discussion in 'Art Matters & News' started by Armentor, Jul 6, 2017.

  1. Armentor

    Armentor Grumbler in Training

    All, I have a photograph that is almost all white with cooler colors in the center. It is to be framed at 32x40 using the the Nielsen 117 white metal frame with a white mat. I'm having a hard time finding a bright enough white mat that does not look warm once put against the image and frame.

    I have the Artique sampler and the brightest one they have is Digital White, which is not cool enough.

    Does anyone have any recommendations?

    thank you
    Dave
     
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  2. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    In my experience, Digital White is the whitest.
     
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  3. Armentor

    Armentor Grumbler in Training

    Thank you Tedh, this is what my LJ rep was saying as well.
     
  4. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I always shuddered when someone wanted "white on white on white" because in my humble opinion it never looks good. The white frame will never match the white matt behind the glass and even the bevel looks different from the surface paper of the card.

    Far better to separate the artwork from the matt with a thin sliver of a contrasting colour or use something like Crescent's Silver Gray for the matt. As my Father used to say "A good contrast beats the h3ll out of a bad match."
     
  5. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Bainbridge 8260 is a close equivalent, but if Artcare isn't necessary, go with the Artique. There's also a Peterboro equivalent, but I just can't remember the number. Alan Yaffe of Peterboro will be along shortly, I'll bet. He'll mention the issue of whiteners.
     
  6. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    I recently needed a really "white-white" mat and I used a Peterboro W1000 Digital white and it was perfect.
    It may be even whiter and brighter than the Artique digital white.
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2017
  7. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Not "whiteners". I meant "optical brighteners".
     
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  8. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    From what I've heard, whites using optical brighteners can yellow some once they lose their oomph.
     
  9. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Paint it
     
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