*When I first started paintings, my husband was making my frames. Beautiful. Beautiful. However my mentor came to me. “ Those are lovely frames but they do nothing for your paintings. I would suggest gold frame.” She was right. Now I use white and off white mats for a reason. All the competitions and big shows require it. With price of archival it is tying up a lot money to keep odd colors in stock. I originally had my friend, that I do art show with, cutting my mats. I decide when I get my matt cutter I was going to use less expensive mat. It’s getting late a night getting ready for art show the next day. I had picked up my last a full sheet size. I got a paper cut and blood just made one trail of blood down the face of the mat. You can’t turn it over. Now What am I going to do? It’s ruin. I can experiment with it. Well I twisted up piece of paper towel to a nice point. I wetted the paper towel and gentle and carefully patted it on only the blood. Since it was a top quality archival mat the blood lifted off it and I was saved. So another case of you get what you pay for. When I got my matt cutter I have use only archival mat. Trust me its worth the money.