French Line Mats

A heightened level of elegance and extravagance can be added to any piece with the help of French line mats. This means that on the mat surrounding the item, lines of ink or gilded paper are added. The lines add depth and can also highlight specific colors in the piece by matching the ink to the image. French line mats are entirely customize-able and the possibilities are endless.

malloriefreemanart_20180614151227Creating such detailed mats is becoming a dying art form. Bonfoey Gallery is lucky to have such an experienced specialist who has done French line mats for years. Our specialist says, “I learned how to create French line mats many years ago using a product called matmagic. Today I use acrylic inks for lines and ink wash panels. Post-Its are a time saver to not over draw the lines.”

 

The process to create a mat takes time, patience, and precision. First, the ink is mixed to match the color or shade of the piece. Our specialist makes practice marks on a scrap piece of mat to check the line. When comfortable with the ink, she measures out the lines with a ruler and uses a Post-It note on the ends to avoid making any line too long. Then she fills up the ruling pen, which is specifically designed for French lines, does a test line to make sure the ink comes out evenly, and then smoothly runs the pen along a straight edge on the mat. Each line is individually drawn. After the lines dry, a wash or metal work can be added for more detail.

 

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Practice Lines

The process to create a mat takes time, patience, and precision. First, the ink is mixed to match the color or shade of the piece. Our specialist makes practice marks on a scrap piece of mat to check the line. When comfortable with the ink, she measures out the lines with a ruler and uses a Post-It note on the ends to avoid making any line too long. Then she fills up the ruling pen, which is specifically designed for French lines, does a test line to make sure the ink comes out evenly, and then smoothly runs the pen along a straight edge on the mat. Each line is individually drawn. After the lines dry, a wash or metal work can be added for more detail.

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Not all framing businesses do French line mats anymore, but some places like Bonfoey Gallery keeps the art alive. It truly adds to any piece you have and can make your item even more special than ever before.

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