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Peterboro Museum Mats

Peterboro Museum MatsWhile modern manufacturing techniques have allowed for the purifying of wood fibres into alpha cellulose (the highest form of fibre purity), matboards made of cotton still remain the choice for many framers of fine art. Fine art prints on cotton papers have remained vibrant and intact for centuries proving cotton’s benefits. For this reason many museums and framers feel that cotton is not only a time-honoured tradition, but provides the comfort and assurance that matted artwork will be preserved for future generations.

Peterboro Double Thick Mats
ImageDouble-thick matboards have become a popular design trend in the framing industry. The deep bevel of a double-thick board reveals and extra thick core and lends a dramatic effect to almost any piece. Hampton Photo Arts now offers Peterboro double-thick mats in both whitecore and conservation quality with many in oversize. Like those used in museums or galleries for exclusive presentations, these double thick boards will offer artwork that distinctive gallery effect and impact.
Peterboro Designer Silkscreen Mats

Peterboro Designer Silkscreen MatsUnique free flowing organic designs are intended to give the look of a hand-embellished matboard. It is silk screened in gentle patterns that reflect current trends in faux finishing. This range has been created to reflect the subtle textures and colors of the world we live in.

  • Silk screened on our fully buffered White Core matboard
  • Versatile patterns that are easy to use
  • Fade resistant surface papers and inks
Peterboro Conservation Mats

Peterboro Conservation MatsPeterboro Conservation is truly Hampton Photo Arts flagship product and represents the best value in conservation matboards.


1. The Core
The use of high grade Alpha Cellulose as the main ingredient in the conservation core. Alpha Cellulose can be distilled from cotton or wood, the higher the Alpha Cellulose content the higher the purity of the board. The Peterboro Company specify that the Peterboro Conservation core must have more than 90% Alpha Cellulose, industry specifications call for no less then 84 %.

Peterboro Designer Suede Mats

Peterboro Designer Suede MatsThe attractive changes in color and texture, characteristic of suede, add a new dimension to matting. Whether it is used in shadowboxes, photos, art or precious heirlooms, suede will always add a touch of elegance.

This board is a high quality designer suede with a dense, luxurious flock mounted on an extra thick bright conservation core. Colors and the soft embossing that creates the look and feel of brushed suede are even throughout the matboard and perfectly consistent from run to run.

  • Conservation quality
  • All parts buffered to a pH of 7.5 to 9.5  
  • Brite white, extra thick bevel
Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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