9/8/11

To mat or not to mat

I have a question for you.
I'm thinking about getting mats for the prints I sell on Etsy.
These mats would be white and fit 5"x7" prints.
So that they can be framed in a 11"x14" frame.
If you were looking at art to buy
 would you like the idea of it being matted and ready to be framed.
I think it would give the art presense.
What do you think?
They would look something like this below.

7 comments:

Cameron said...

To be honest, I don't know if it would be worth the extra shipping cost for buyers to include the mat.....plus, I usually like to pick my own to match the colors in the piece and the room it will be in, so....I'm not sure...

Hope that helps a little...though, I can see from your sold items that your originals sell well...maybe do more small originals? Or, perhaps look into wood or canvas mounting your prints. I think your reproductions would look amazing this way!

Diane Ackers said...

Thanks Cameron, I can alway count you. I think you are right I need to do list more originals..

Blissful Pumpkin said...

Hi Di, the majority of my prints come already matted, but there is a colour choice between black and an off white. My matts are in 3 (standard frame) sizes 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14. My most recent sale the customer wanted a print only and so I had my work printed to suit and created a custom listing. I chose to Matt my prints, as more people sell prints unmated than matted and I wanted to do something differently than the majority; and I also think it looks better than receiving a print by itself....first impressions and all.
I hope this helps.
Kyles :D

Blissful Pumpkin said...

Please excuse the spelling mistakes. I just noticed. :D

miz katie said...

You could try a listing for the matted prints, and see how it sells. I mean, a listing for both..do a little experiment. See which one sells better after a few months or a year. It's worth a try.

Beth said...

Hi Diane, I agree with Miz Katie as going cautiously. I personaly like the idea of the print being matted but I haven't gotten to the point of making prints of my work yet. I think the print arriving all by itself w/o matt looks kind of naked and might leave the non-artist feeling a smidge overwhelmed about matting and framing. Given the costs of things these days and the way sales are I do agree you should do a test run and perhaps give your customers a choice and say it will come unmatted unless they convo you, or the other way around. Hope this helps some?!

Beth said...

err, spelling obviously not my strong point today :(