I hate cutting mats. I love the clean look of a finished picture with a nice mat around it and a simple frame. Reconciling those two things is difficult when I’m the one doing the cutting.
The days are ticking down and my show is getting close – that means I need to finish up and get everything matted, mounted, cleaned (the frames, that is) and framed. I’m getting there, one little persnickity 11×14 mat at a time. I have a neat little Logan mat cutting machine, but I’ve learned the hard way that the guides don’t quite line up. That means if I do things the easy way and set the guides instead of painstakingly outlining the exact lines, I end up with a warped looking mat. The only thing worse than cutting 25 small mats is doing it twice.
I’m having some small worries about the prints themselves. As much as I try to flatten them, I still end up with a slight curl to the edges. Since I’m planning to mount them with a T hinge (as opposed to taping the whole darn thing down) I’m worried that the curl will make the prints warp in the frame.
It would be nice if I could justify paying someone else to deal with this mess. Since I haven’t “made it” yet, I guess I’m stuck with forcing the cyanotype prints to play nice. I shouldn’t complain, really, this show is a massive blessing. Now, if I can just convince my aching wrists of that.