How I pack my paintings
Packing my work the right way is something I definitely had to learn by doing it (a lot!) Below is a list of materials that I commonly use, as well as factors that are important to me when preparing original artwork for shipping.
Ideal packing materials are strong and light-weight. Cardboard is a strong, light-weight material that I use to protect the front and back of the work with. I also fabricate cardboard corner protectors when shipping works on canvas.
(A work on canvas before being sandwiched between to cardboard sheets)
Works on paper come in a plastic sleeve, sandwiched between two sheets of cardboard and protected by plenty of foam peanuts. With all works, a strong outer cardboard box is used to house the wrapped painting.
(preparing this work on paper for shipment)
Glassine paper is a pH neutral paper which I use for wrapping works on canvas. It creates a safe barrier between the artwork and other packing materials such as bubble wrap.
(An oil painting wrapped in glassine paper)
Bubblewrap follows the glassine paper. It's a super strong material when layered, and a great filler as well so the painting wont bounce around during shipment.
Large works on paper and canvas ship rolled up in a sturdy mailing tube. These works are wrapped in glassine paper, bubble wrap, and fitted tightly into the mailing tube.
(A large work on paper ready to be shipped!)
I choose biodegradable or recycled materials when I can. The foam peanuts I use for shipping works on paper are re-usable and biodegradable. I want to make every aspect of my practice as environmentally friendly as possible!
Finally, all original works ship fully insured with tracking, and a Certificate of authenticity included.
(The back of an oil painting with a CoA attached)