I don't know a single teacher who actually enjoys matting, mounting and prepping artwork for shows. This is one area I am glad I don't have to waste too much time on being from the elementary.
I was putting together artwork for a show today and within 15 minutes I had matted 7 pieces!
How can one mat so fast?
First, I don't cut my mats.
My local frame shop does!
My local frame shop donates their mats, mat scraps and foam core scraps to me a few times a year. I have boxes of beautiful mats that may have been miscut, dinged, or dented. Since I am not submitting artwork into any major shows where the matting would matter I take this handout whenever I can!
|I store the frames in boxes in my supply room.|
|Tada! Beautiful frames-no cutting or money required!|
|Scraps of matboard, these are sorted by color.|
So before you cut or buy another mat, ask you local frame shop if they would be willing to donate their 'second' mats to you. I get calls a few times a year from the shop and if no one takes them they just throw them out!
What are the best freebies that you get?