As an artist, I have been fortunate to be selling my paintings and shipping them internationally and so, thought I’d pass along tips for safely shipping artwork.
1. Wrap your painting in archival paper or brown craft paper($12) giving extra paper to the edges. I use strong packing tape ($5) to secure.
2. At a hardware store like Home Depot that doesn’t mind cutting boards complementary, I have 1/8 inch temperament hard wood ($11) cut to the size of the painting or slightly larger. Then I put the hardwood over the wrapped painting on the canvas side facing the wood. This protects your painting from any dents made in shipping.
3. Then, I get the larger bubble wrap ($12) and do at least two or three layers of bubblewrap around the board with the art in it. I secure it with heavy duty wrapping tape.
4. If the painting is large, I use cardboard or foam corners that are made just for mirrors and artwork and put those corners on before I put the bubblewrap around.
5. I usually save boxes from when I purchased canvas but I also find them at Home Depot ($23) and U-Haul as mirror or large TV boxes. The large TV boxes come as two boxes together that slide in for extra support and also come with the foam corners and a barrier bag. When shipping overseas, I even add a moisture bag and an additional wood sheet. For larger boxes, secure the outside box with rope and make handles of rope for the courier ( my days as a sailor and learning to tie knots have paid off).
I hope this helps. Since I’ve been packing this way, I have had no damage to my artwork.
I was in England with family for nine days and during that time I had an opportunity to paint a new painting for our daughters living room I chose to paint the scene from the guestroom window looking out onto the field. And I used the colors of her Decour and wallpaper. It is 40 in.²
Standfast Asset Management in Ponte Vedra asked me to hang a show in their office with a champagne reception opening. I will be donating a portion of any sale for this show to the new project of getting an aquarium built in downtown Jacksonville.
Of course, before the show I did some new pieces relating to underwater and Ocean themed paintings. We had a great crowd at the opening and met a lot of nice folks who are trying to get the Aquarium project off the ground. You can contact them for more information. The paintings will be up until the end of the month.
This has been a successful week as I finished one of the commissions that I have been working on and sold four original paintings. The top two are being shipped to London on Friday. I will post my tips on shipping paintings soon.
Welcome to my studio! decade ago my sweet husband built an art studio for me in the back yard. It has air conditioning, wood floors, windows and two skylights. (Actually it is raining right now and I realized one of the skylights has a leak. Always something huh?)
It has become my favorite place to be. It is 14 x 10 feet which has room for two large easels and all of my paints and gear. While painting and listening to music, I find myself smiling. Say “happy place”!