Mat board is a thick, acid-free, sturdy board used to frame and back paintings, drawings and photographs. It typically comes in white, and artists often waste the rectangle of extra mat board that's cut out when making a frame. Rather than throwing away the excess mat board, artists can recycle it into a canvas for a small painting. Artists may also paint a mat board frame to match the artwork inside, though this isn't recommended for archival purposes.
Things You'll Need
- Acid-free mat board
- Watercolor, gouache or acrylic paint
- Acrylic gesso
- Oil paint
Paint the front of a mat board frame with watercolor, gouache or acrylic paint. Since these paints are chemically stable, there is no chance of the paint reacting negatively with the framed artwork.
Wait for the paint to dry thoroughly before framing the artwork.
Coat mat board with gesso to prepare the surface for oil paints when using the mat board as a canvas for artwork. Allow the first coat to dry, then apply two or more additional coats. If you want to use watercolor, gouache or acrylic paint for your painting, there is no need to prepare the surface with gesso.
Paint your mat board using the same techniques you would use on any other canvas.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
How to Make Stencils for Painting
Stenciling adds a homey touch to walls, furniture or paper art such as greeting cards. Make and collect a variety of stencils...
How to Paint a Floor Mat
Painting a floor mat requires a paint that is flexible enough to give with their bendable material, strong enough to resist chipping,...
How to Print on a Mat Board
Mat board has a variety of uses. It is most often associated with the material that surrounds a piece of artwork within...
How to Mat a Canvas Painting
Framing a painted canvas with a colored mat is not only a great way to complement the artwork, but to preserve the...
Alternatives to Mat Board
Mat board is used for framing art and photographs. There are three types of mat boards: archival, acid-free, and standard. Within these...
Can You Paint Plastic With Acrylic Paints?
Acrylic paint can be used on plastic, but it is not specifically designed for this use. Acrylics don't always hold up as...