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Picture Framing Book

by Logan

One of the best book you can have...

Logan picture framing

The Complete Guide to Home Picture Framing contains ninety-two pages of black and white photos and illustrations that cover all aspects of matting and framing using Logan mat cutters and Logan DIY Framing Tools.

A must have for all at-home picture framers. 8.5x11. 92 pages.


How to Make Your Own
Picture Frames

Ed Reinhardt, Hal Rogers

Hal Rogers and Ed Reinhardt are eminently qualified experts on picture-framing-both from the craftsman's standpoint - They have been making their own handsome frames for years - and from the esthetic standpoint-both are accomplished professional artists.

It's the 3rd edition !


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Picture frame 4 openings

French matting pictures : 45° Bevel with exceeding strip

Exceeding strips technics

framed picture with bevelled matIt's a picture frame intended for a young boy : Quentin, I've found a Teddy Bear image playing in the Q letter …

For a better enhancement of the art, I chose to surround the picture in its frame with a "dépassant"... i.e. a sort of exceeding strip border made of colored paper and glued under the mat.

 We must therefore carefully choose the color of this paper strip !

The picture to frame

The picture is printed on a white zone and is surrounded by a small hollowed line stamped in paper...

picture to be framed

For well emphasizing this picture, it is necessary to mount it with a mat which has a 45° angle bevel (see the bevel 45° page), this bevelled mat will be underlined by one exceeding coloured strip, the "dépassant".

Quite naturally, We will equip the bevel with a blue paper (which just match fine with the color of the "Q" letter ). The exceeding band will be treated out of olive-green colour as a remaining of the color of the Teddy Bear's trousers.


It is necessary to measure the part of the artwork you want to show… 7.2" long and 5.2" width : there will be dimensions of our Picture-window.

The margins are equal and will measure 2" (5cm) in all directions. The mat measures are given by the formula:


The calculation of the mat dimensions are :

7.2 + 2 + 2 = 11.2" and 5.2 + 2 + 2 = 9.2"

Cutting the mat

In thick paperboard, you first cut with the bent-cutter (see this bent-cutter on the picture above) the backing paperboard (11.2"x9.2").

With the same dimensions, cut the bevel in the paperboard.

Cut now, in a light paperboard (cardboard), the mat (11.2"x9.2").

Trace with a pencil the margins on the mat an open the image-window with the cutter .

Put the mat on the paperboard bevel, align carefully the two parts then, using the mat like a gauge, draw with the pencil the window to be opened in the bevel .

Now it's time to cut the bevelled window : pose the blade of the cutter at the first corner of the window. Tilt the blade with 45° angle. Position the cutting ruler against the blade, and check for good alignment..

Begin your cut without supporting exaggeratedly by maintaining your blade tilt down with 45° angle : you will need several passages of the cutter to finish the cut. Do not hesitate to exceed in the corners : bevel that you create will be equipped after with stuck paper (see the English Bevel page).

backing and mat

If you are not tooclever with your hands, and hesitate to hand-open bevels with 45° angle … make like many at-home picture framers : use MAPED or LOGAN mat cutters (have a look on their special page) and their 45° cutting tool … they work just fine and it is so much simpler!

When you finish cuttings, you have in your hands the back paperboard, the bevel with 45° angle window and the mat. Now remain to equip them!


Now, you have to equip the bevel paperboard by masking the inner edges with special printed paper. To do that, cut out 4 blue paper tapes of 2" width which will correspond to the 4 sides of bevel.

Bend double these bands in the length. Crush the folds with a bone folder .

wrapping the edges

With a square with 45° angles, cut an end of the folded bands to 45° (two thicknesses at the same time… and be careful at the angles)

Present a first blue band against the interior of bevel, mark the length with a fine pencil then, with the square, cut its second end to 45°angle.

cutting 45° angle

Test your band which must overlap and to adapt exactly inside bevel. Possibly recut.

Prepare, in the same way the 3 other bands. Then stick them to equip the edges of the bevel.

sticking the strips


Exceeding strips

To accentuate the depth effect, you now realize what we call “exceedings”.
The selected color is the olive green : Cut 4 paper bands of 2" and bend double them.

four exceeding bands

Stick these exceeding behind the blue edges of bevel by letting them exceed 1/8". With the cutter and the 45° square, cut the ends to 45°.

This photograph represents the back of the equipped bevel ! You see bevel with 45° blue paper equipped and green olive exceeding stuck on it.

equipped mat with exceeding bands

The mat, equipped with cream coloured and grained paper, is posed on the bevel and the whole on the back paperboard with the art word sticked on it.

(An effect of magnifying glass was added on the photograph for better distinguishing the blue bevel and its olive exceeding)

picture before framing


To finish the framing, I've added with self-adhesive letters (“PUFFY STICKERS” from Provo Craft) the name of the child for whom this artwork is intended.

With a small punch, two small silhouettes of "nounours" (french Teddy Bear)…

framed picture with bevelled mat

Cut a glass (11.2"x9.2") … and the moulding was cut and assemble in a art-store and its color was especially selected to match with the color of the bevel. See that page how to make the "PACK" to put inside the wood-frame


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Mat, mount and frame it yourself
David Logan

Logan does a great job of explaining everything and supplements the text with attractive photos, which will be a helpful resource for beginners to copy. There is something here for framers of all skill levels.