Works on paper and photographs generally benefit from having a mat included in custom framing materials. A mat helps keep the piece in place, enhances the focal point, and keeps the glass from being directly on the artwork.
A simple way to add something special to a 2D piece is by using multiple mats. In the piece below, you can see how adding a few mats in different tones really draws the eye in to the piece. They accentuate the different tones in the artwork, as well.
Multiple mats can also be used to give more weight to a piece of framing. In this piece by Kevin LaJoie, he chose to mat his square photo as a rectangle, giving it a more substantial footprint.
Finally, an example of a double mat pulling out a detail from the piece it’s framing. Using the lower mat of two (or the bottom two of three, etc.) to pull out a color in the framed work is an excellent way to add a bit of something special to your framing. Even a map without a large variance of color benefits from having a tone pulled out from within it.
If you’re interested in getting a piece framed and using multiple mats, come by the frame counter and one of our friendly and knowledgeable associates will be happy to guide you through your options.