FOR VICTOR ERRINGTON OF VIC'S ONE A DAY: MY STUDIO FLAP MAT:
FOAM BOARD BACKING JOINED TO WINDOW MAT WITH A DRAFTING TAPE HINGE. The artwork has been positioned and taped to the back. The window in the mat has been covered with a piece of acetate, which is optional*.
A FLAP-MAT IS A PROTECTIVE "BOOK".
WHEN THE BOOK IS CLOSED, THE ARTWORK CAN BE STORED SAFELY.
* Acetate protects the artwork, but not the mat. It also collects dust specks, so it has disadvantages. A piece of vellum, tracing paper, taped to the back of the foam board and then flipped over the front mat will protect both the artwork and the mat. I use this "working" flap mat in the studio to check out composition to see how I'm doing. So far, I've managed to keep this mat pretty clean.
Shipping artwork to buyers. I would position the artwork on the foam board with drafting tape, place the window mat over that (without hinging the two together) and then sandwich the acid-free artwork sandwich with thin cardboard. Slide it into a padded envelop that fits just right and it would be safe for mailing. Postal padded envelopes, in case you haven't guessed, is what determine the size of artworks on paper and then the finished mat size. One would want to work no bigger than what would fit into the largest standard shipping envelop.
I went to Amazon yesterday to look at a book they thought I'd be interested in, (now THEY are good salespeople); I was. It was on acrylics--300 tips. I love tips. So I decided to buy it. Going through the motions, I was invited to have a photograph displayed with this book whenever somebody goes to that page. I put in Winter 2012, and priced it and wrote a line or two. This seemed to be an opportunity to advertise on Amazon--instead of Amazon advertising on my blog? I'm going to check it out today to see if I understood the deal correctly. But I figured what could it hurt to spread my name and show what I do? If business is where I'm headed, self promotion is as important as production. I don't think this is the ultimate way to promote yourself, but what-the-hell!
WELL BACK TO BABY: What you see here is two hours spent laying out the grid and drawing in the outline of my subject. I'm going to go for a fine finish on this "study". It will take a few days; I go slowly on pencil renderings. It's how this old dog was taught.