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I know I've said this before, but I hope you don't mind my repeating it. Get
to know your local picture framers and ask for their "dropouts". I used to
save huge bags of them for our local art teacher but she couldn't be
bothered to come pick them up (although she'd asked for them). These days,
most matboard is 100% rag or alpha cellulose, and some of it is "color core"
and/or colored on the reverse side. The better quality board cuts
beautifully freehand - one handed - with the "cube" - a tiny white plastic
square with an x-acto blade screwed in - you can cut curves, etc, in a
single stroke a perfect bevel (be sure and have a scrap piece
There is a fairly new line of matboard from Cresent called "bright core"
that is black or white on one side and brilliant blue, red, yellow or green
on the reverse, with a core in the same color. There is no printing on
either side. The scraps would make Incredible Calder-like mobiles if cut
with the "cube", and I think it's 100% rag.