Suggestions for mount and mat board

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Hi All Ė

I wasnít quite sure where to post this, so forgive me if itís slightly outside the bounds of the forum.

Iím looking for suggestions for mounting and mat board. I print on Ilford MG and Ilford Warm Tone almost exclusively. I tone both in selenium, and actually get the MG to shift tone somewhat.

Iíve been using the ďnatural whiteĒ from Light Impressions. Itís slightly warm, and itís often a nice compliment to a cool tone print. Sometimes it very much not the right thing, though.

Iíll let you know up front that I really donít like the ďbright whiteĒ surfaces. They hurt my eyes. Too stark. I spend more time squinting at the mat than I do looking at the print. So I guess Iím looking for something with a little density to it, but not an obvious color (although a little is OK). I know you can get a sampler pack from most places, but I wanted to gain the benefit of your experience before I went any further.

Thanks, as always.

-- Kevin Bourque (skygzr@aol.com), April 24, 2002

Answers

Try Superior Archival Mats at http://www.superiorarchivalmats.com/

-- E Rothman (erothman@hotmail.com), April 24, 2002.

Email Superior at info@superiorarchivalmats.com or call them at 1-888- 857-1722. They'll send a sample pack upon request. They have 7 shades of bright white to cream if I remember correctly. Paula and I like the plain "white." It is not harsh like the Bright White.

The board that Superior has is truly superior. Wonderful surface and it is more archival than Light Impressions board and others.

Michael A. Smith

-- Michael a. Smith (michaelandpaula@michaelandpaula.com), April 27, 2002.


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