MAT AND FLOAT
FOR FINE ART ON PAPER
Mat and float presentations are used when the artwork has a deckled or uneven edge or it is important that none of the image is covered and a mat is deep enough to provide the separation from the art and the glazing.
Museum mat board is recommended to ensure that the art is protected over time from acidity. Museum boards are 100% percent rag boards made from cotton which is naturally lignin-free.
The first step is to measure the the artwork from edge to edge (if the image is out of square, measure from the widest and longest point).
Determine how much of a float you want around the artwork before the mat starts (1/4″ on smaller pictures and 1/2″ on larger pictures is often used).
Mat border size
Determine the size of border you want on your mat. Generally, as the size of the mat increases, the size of the mat border increases, too. We seldom recommend mat borders less than 2″. Sizes ranging from 16 x 20 and up generally get 2 1/2″ – 5″ borders. Traditionally, mat borders are equal on the top and sides and 1/4″ – 1″ extra on the bottom border. Visually this seems to make the mat borders look even. However, many artists prefer to make all borders even so they can use and reuse the mats on either horizontal or vertical pictures.
After measuring your artwork and deciding on the float and mat border size, enter the sizes into our new custom calculator and we will calculate the rest.
Metropolitan carries 4 & 8 ply museum boards.