in a Canadian magazine lately? I'm sure I recently heard how you can test if your matt is acid-free. I definitely read to make sure that there is no cardboard on the back of your pictures. I have two water colours that I framed with cheap wooden frames and glass and yes there was cardboard on the back. This was about 20 years ago. They both came with a matt but now I'm wondering if it is acid-free. I want to look for a reasonable frame. I'm content with the colour of the present matts but it will go if I can't prove it's not acid free.
After today, I'm not going back to the framing shop I went to. They were very efficient and spent 3/4 of an hour with me. There was no one else in the store. I had told her that it wasn't an expensive painting and I didn't want to spend much. As we were comparing different frames she would turn them over and warn me if one cost more than another. It was about 12" square, a single mat and not overly fancy frame. Plain glass. Would you believe the bottom line was $156. I was in such shock that I paid it. If you were reading the testing smiley's thread you'll understand why I wanted a face for a sucker. Next time maybe I'll back to my old community. At the very least it will be a different store and I'll be asking questions the whole way through.