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How to pack artwork for safe shipping.

Packaging and shipping artwork requires careful consideration to ensure that the artwork arrives safely and in the best condition. Here are some general guidelines to help you package and ship artwork:

Materials Needed:

Art Supplies:

  • Acid-free tissue paper

  • Glassine paper or plastic wrap

  • Corner protectors

  • Bubble wrap

  • Foam board or cardboard

  • Cardboard sheets or boxes

  • Packing tape

  • Plastic sleeves (for prints)

  • Labels and markers

  • Sturdy shipping box

  • Fragile stickers

  • Packing peanuts or air pillows

  • Shipping labels

  • Clear plastic shipping tape


Prepare the Artwork:

  • If the artwork has glass, cover it with glassine paper or plastic wrap to protect it from scratches.

  • For paintings on canvas, ensure they are fully dry before packaging.

  • Business cards, Promotional marierials such as a postcard the Artist Bio or a discount for thier next purchase (a nice incentive for capturing returning customers,) Letter of Authenticity signd by the artist. All packaging sould be on brand and assist in a pleasing "opening" experience for the reciever.

  • Place acid-free tissue paper between layers of artwork to prevent sticking or scratching.

  • Use corner protectors to safeguard the corners of frames or canvases.

  • For prints or flat artwork, place them in plastic sleeves.

  • Wrap the artwork in a layer of bubble wrap, ensuring that all sides are covered and secure it with packing tape.

  • Pay extra attention to the corners and edges, as these are more susceptible to damage during transit.

  • For flat artwork, sandwich it between two pieces of foam board or cardboard, securing them with tape.

  • For framed artwork, use corner protectors and additional padding to protect the frame.

  • Place the wrapped and supported artwork into a sturdy shipping box.

  • Fill any remaining space in the box with packing peanuts or air pillows to prevent movement.

  • Seal the box securely with packing tape.

  • Clearly label the package as "Fragile" on all sides.

  • Attach shipping labels with both the sender's and recipient's addresses.

  • Consider purchasing shipping insurance, especially for valuable artwork.

  • Use a shipping service that provides tracking information.

  • Select a reliable and reputable shipping carrier that specializes in handling fragile items. Canada Post is what I use mostly.

  • Keep a copy of the shipping label and any relevant documentation in case issues arise during transit.

Communicate with the Recipient:

  • Inform the recipient about the shipment and provide them with the tracking number.

Remember to check with the shipping carrier for any specific guidelines or restrictions they may have regarding the shipment of artwork. Always tailor your packaging approach based on the specific requirements of the artwork and shipping carrier.

Let me know in the comments if this has helped and if you have further questions.

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