[Scriptoris] Use matboards on presented scrolls

Hillary Greenslade hillaryrg at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 19 16:40:31 PDT 2010

Discovered a new presentation trick this weekend, well, new to me.

In the past, I’ve attempted to present scrolls framed and matted, as it protects the original artwork.  However, that is not always possible to frame scrolls due to cost and the frame selected may not work for the recipient’s home décor.   

Matboards are required for watercolors and gouache paints, as framed works can ‘sweat’ condensation when transitioned between indoors and out, and the condensation can drip on the work, ruining it; so matting the scroll will keep it away from the glass by 1/8th of an inch or so.   I like to mat the work when presenting it, as I can’t guarantee the recipient will.

So, when push comes to shove for my presentations, I’m willing to forgo the frame, but I want to keep using matboards to protect the work.  Precut matboards come in plastic transparent cellophane sleeves; just slide your artwork into the plastic sleeve, behind the matboard.   Wha-la!

Instantly, you have provided protection from the elements in the plastic sleeve for the artwork AND it can be presented and viewed through the clear plastic at the same time, with a lovely matboard framing the work.   Stargate’s event this weekend had a certain bit of dripping from the clouds, so matboard and cellophane sleeve worked great!

Hint:  Make sure you layout your work to fit the matboard opening size you intend to use.  

Cheers, Hillary

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