How to package paintings for shipping.

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.

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