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Mat Boards (Acid Free)

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Mat Boards also known as mat, mount board or passe-partout are a 1mm thick board that is designed to sit between an artwork and the screen of the frame. They seperate the artwork from the frame's screen as well as from the frame itself.

When deciding whether your artwork should be framed borderless or with a matboard, it is important to remember the benefits of using a mat board.

Protection - Mat boards are designed to protect the artwork within the frame. Primarily they they protect against humidity. Paper tends to crumple and warp when exposed to the environment. But by separating the artwork from the screen of the frame, humidity will build up first on the screen, which is what contacts the light first. The mat board acts as a physical barrier between this microscopic condensation and the artwork, while also being the first absorption layer. This means that even if condensation does build up, it will usually be the mat board that suffers the water damage.

Design - We've purposefully selected a range of frames that don't compete for attention with our artwork. But often other designer frames can come with a large amount of detail, and can act like an artwork in and of themselves. This can be a problem when you use them with intricate artwork. They no longer frame the artwork, but can distract from the artwork you put within them. Mat boards fix this problem by separating the artwork and the frame by creating a break between them. Mat boards can also be used to fit smaller artwork to bigger walls by increasing the size of frame you can use. Collections such as our "Between the Lines" collection doesn't come in A2 size, but by using a mat board, you can fit an A3 print into an A2 frame, making it an excellent fit for large open spaces.

Affordability - Using a mat board is a great way to both decrease the cost of a print while also adding to the value of a print or artwork. By choosing a smaller sized artwork in the same sized frame, you can add to the appreciable value of a print while also saving on the cost of a larger print.

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Our Domestic Shipping Rates are tiered based on product weight. Note that if you purchase $200 or more, we offer free shipping. Most orders won't be able to exceed the $13.65 tier without benefiting from free shipping. For more info on shipping tiers, please see here.

Yes! Getting free shipping is easy. When you spend $200 or more on with Inky Winky, we'll cover the cost of domestic shipping.

If you've purchased an original artwork from Inky Winky, we will have also provided you with a complimentary frame. Please be sure to keep your artwork framed at all times, hang it in a low humidity environment with low to medium lighting.

Yes, at Inky Winky we choose to use both the best quality materials we can find and also the most socially conscious materials for your prints and art.

Yes! If it's within 30 days of submitting your purchase, please advise us that you are not happy with your purchase by emailing sales@inkywinky.com.au. We will provide you with a return shipping address. Once we receive your print, artwork and or frame, we'll inspect it's condition. Provided it is not damaged, we will be happy to return the purchase cost. For more information please check our return policy.

At Inky Winky, we only create the best quality prints on paper that is designed to perform the best and showcase every stroke and marking on the original artwork.