No mat. No frame.
I sometimes like artwork to just be propped up around the house without any fussy frames or mats. While I love a mat and can happily cut my own, sometimes it just doesn’t feel right. Yet, I also don’t won’t to ruin stuff having it propped up on ledges or window sills around so I make a plexiglas sandwich to protect it. Though true, true, this is not a permanent archival solution. Rather a casual shorter term display option.
This happened to be the perfect solution to the photographs I recently bought from:hannah’s shop which I wanted to put behind the sink but also didn’t want to ruin with the errant water droplet. First, you get a piece of plexiglas and then a backing board. I use an acid-free illustration board or cardboard. Cut the plexiglas to the size of the piece or 1/8″ larger. Plexiglas can be cut with an x-acto blade and ruler. Just score the line repeatedly and then it will “snap” along that edge and break. Be sure to run the x-acto blade down the line 4-6 times so you get a deep enough score line to snap.
Next, I cut the backing board to size and stack all the pieces together: plexiglas, artwork, backing board. Then you can use virtually any kind of tape to secure the sandwich together in the corners. Since the tape does not touch the artwork, you don’t have to worry about using an archival or linen tape. Fold the tape over the corners as shown.
The sandwich is secure and ready for propping.