Wednesday, August 1, 2012

'WOYWW - 08/01/2012 - Fabulous Finds From Friend!'

by Mary Lou 'LuLu' Haynes

For WOYWW this week, I'm showing a fabulous find! A haul of matboard!

A friend of mine owns a  framing store and art gallery nearby. After reading about matboard in a Supplies List for a mixed-media project, I phoned him last week to find out if there were any unused matboard scraps that I could have. He said 'sure', I could have their matboard scraps - for free!

Matboard Haul - 27 July 2012

I drove over this past Friday to pick up the matboard scraps, which were huge, compared to the size of my artwork. So the framer there gave me a quick cutting lesson on their gi-normous wall trimmer.  I spent the next 45 minutes trimming down matboard to 12" or less. Just imagine how long it would have taken me to trim all that matboard at home using a utility knife?! I'd probably still be trimming matboard today!

The matboard scraps are in all different colors - including some fancy finishes. I plan to use the matboard scraps as substrates, book covers, journal pages and journal covers.

Thank you for your generous gifts, Greg and Fran!

Do you create mixed media artwork? How do you use matboard in your artwork? If not matboard, what do you use as substrates for your mixed media creations - other than canvas, paper or fabric?

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Eliza said...

I love matt board and use it all the time in the art room. I use it mainly for backing my ATC's as this makes them very sturdy and an excellent base for mounting the rest of the creation on top off.

Then I use them for journal covers and I love attaching my canvas or whatercolour sheets to the mattboard. I always use is as a base for everything. Hope this helps and wow what a stash of it you have there, happy crafting with that lot.

Eliza #16 gain

Twiglet said...

Fantastic gift - so useful. Happy Yorkshire Day! x Jo

RosC said...

Hey Lulu, thanks for leaving a couple of comments for me. Glad you enjoyed a look at the desk. I'm mighty impressed with the Matt board, a great gift. I think I'd be using it for journal covers and maybe 1" tiles if cutting it fairly easy.
Ros #60.

Trish Latimer said...

Wow, I'm jealous of all that mat board!!!! I use it for just about anything that needs a stronger base than cardstock, die cut it, book covers, tags, as a base for UTEE, the list is endless! Which is why I'm jealous!!!!! Trish #10

scrappymo! said...

That was a wonderful score.Thing of all the book covers, journals, ATC, etc you can now create...for free! Yay!

nerllybird said...

I think that's what we call mounting board over here. I've been to a couple of framers and got their offcuts free - well done for using their cutter as well, though! They make good book covers and wall hangings, all sorts really!
Helen S #73

Amy E said...

What an incredible find!! I haven't ever used matboard before, but I would love to try!

I have a friend who gave me a bunch of old wallpaper books a while about unusual papers to scrapbook with!!

I'm having a giveaway, open worldwide this week. Come check it out if you get the chance!

Amy E. #30

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