V-Grooves Now Available

V-Grooves Available for Custom Matting

V-Grooves are a shallow cut across the mat which exposes the core color of the top mat. V-Grooves can be cream, white or black depending on the mat core color. Your matboards will have extra flair and style that will make uniquely display your art.


Add a VGroove with just 1 click on the + sign at the bottom right of the preview on our custom mat builder.

V-Groove on Matboard
custom off-sets with v grooves

Custom Offsets!

1/2″ is the most popular offset for a VGroove but you can customize your offset to 3/4″ or 1″ as well. Contact us for even more custom V-Grooves including custom engravings.

Paris in Paint, Paris on Film

Paris in Paint, Paris on Film

While we can mat and frame a lot of different things, photos and paintings are the most common things to put in a frame, so deal with them a lot. And on this rainy Friday, it gave me an idea- let’s take a look at the same place thorugh the mediums of both painting and photography. I chose none other than Paris. If you want make a side by side comparison, have  look at our multi-opening mats.

Van Gogh's painting of the Paris skyline

              First, a painting of Paris from one of its most famous residents- none other than Vincent Van Gogh. While living with his brother on a hill above Paris, at some point Van Gogh realized he had an amazing view. Its hard to fault the artist for wanting to capture this view. The architecture and colors of the nearby buildings are great, and the way the view extends into the distance breathtaking.

A old painting of Paris

              Next, have a look at this piece by Seurat of the Eiffel Tower. Painted only a few years after the Van Gogh, the tower was still new at this time. Seurat also uses an interesting style in this piece that makes it look a bit like an old color photo to me. I’m sure that wasn’t what he was going for, but I find the effect interesting.

A black and white photo of Paris

              And finally, one of the oldest photos of Paris I could find- though there are many to be sure. It’s not just artists who have been impressed with the city. The above paintings show the beauty of the city, but this photo shows a very different perspective. I can imagine walking down this street every day and still being awed by the view. And if you want to take in a view like this every day, you can order a mat and frame to go with any of your favorite photos.

The Photo Contest Returns!

Creative Potter art in a custom matboard

The Photo Contest Returns!

After a brief hiatus for the New Year, our month photo contest is back! We have two winners this time, one for each month.


This month, the winners are htegan with a colorful and beautiful wall display, and emm_squared with a unique and fun piece of Harry Potter artwork. 

PRIZES The winners will get a $100 Matboard and More Gift Card.  

HOW TO ENTER Upload your photo of your art with our mats or frames using any social media network (TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterest) with #MBNMPhotoContest. We’re going to use this hashtag for ALL CONTESTS going forward, so you don’t have to remember a new one each month. Multiple entries are encouraged, especially on all of your social media accounts. For Facebook, make sure the post is marked public or post it to our Facebook page directly.  

DEADLINE April 2, 2019.

Some colorful wall art with matboards

Abraham Lincoln, Now in Color!

A classic portrait photo of Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, Now in Color!

As a history lover, there is something magical about seeing old photos sharpened and colorized. While the originals should of course be shown and preserved, these touches can make older footage for intimate and relatable to modern audiences. I decided to look at a few colorized photos of one of our greatest Presidents, Abraham Lincoln. If you want to frame any photos of Liincoln, or anyone else, you can order a Custom Frame.

A classic portrait photo of Lincoln

First, a classic portrait of Lincoln. The original was taken towards the end of his life, but Lincoln still cuts a powerful figure. Since this is a photo of Lincoln sitting in the same way he might for a painted portrait, it is a particularly interesting to compare.

A photo of Lincoln

This photo, however, is more striking to my eye. Something like this, the President out in the field, is not something you would have seen a classic painting of. Not something done in real time, anyway. Seeing Lincoln like this, actually out doing something, makes me see him in a different light. Also, the other people in this photo are Allan Pinkerton and General McClellan.

A photograph of Whitman

To wrap it up, this photo isn’t of Lincoln at all. Walt Whitman was a contemporary of Lincoln. One of his best known poems, and a personal favorite of mine was written about Lincoln- O Captain My Captain. As such, it seemed fitting to include him. If you’re feeling inspired, maybe a multi-opening mat could help scratch your creative itch.