On most of my paintings, I choose to inlay a small piece of wood moulding inside my matte's edge. This is called a fillet. The process of measuring and cutting the fillet requires a bit more time and effort. But the final product is a first class presentation. I use a chopper to cut my fillet pieces (below).
By measuring each fillet corner I am able to custom fit al four pieces of my moulding for a clean professional look.
After each piece is cut, I color the ends with a brown marker. This keeps my cut marks from showing. Now I apply a special tape which holds the fillet in place. Each side is carefully fitted and taped into place.
In the above photo, the first side is taped in. I proceed to tape in all 4 sides until the fillet is secured.
In the following photo, all the fillets have been taped in and are ready to be secured on the back.
I use framer's tape to reinforce my fillet on the back side of the matte. I use my trusty bone folder to carefully crease the tape, so that my tape is perfectly flat against the matte.
Tomorrow I'll show you how I build up the matte to fit the frame. Things are progressing nicely!
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