When you are shipping fine art, it gives a whole new meaning to “shipping and handling.” These are not items that can be easily replaced with another off of a warehouse shelf. One of a kind pieces of art deserve and require one of a kind art shipping services. The precious works are best left to professionals who know how to handle, pack, and ship art, but here are some tips if you would like to do it yourself.
Gather Your Toolkit
If you are doing a one-time move of your own pieces of art, you may be able to use the tools you have at hand. If you are an artist who will be shipping your pieces frequently, or plan to do frequent shipping for others, then you will want to make sure your tools are high-quality and durable. You will need:
- Heavy duty sharp boxcutter – if shipping multiple containers, replace the blade after every 4 or 5 boxes
- Tape gun with adjustable tension
- T-Square – to make modified boxes
- Sharpie – for clear cutting lines for modified boxes and labeling
- Box sizer – essential for secure boxes with little void space
- Shipping scale
Steps In Packing Art
Shipping art is not like packing for moving. You cannot just wrap a painting in bubble wrap or newspaper and ship it out. You will destroy it. Take these steps to protect your 2-dimensional paintings, portraits, and photos as much as possible:
- Wrap with acid free paper or plastic
- Wrap with palette tape/plastic wrap
- Build a frame around the artwork with foam board so the face of the painting does not touch the paper or plastic when you wrap it
- Create custom-sized box for the piece of art
- Place the first smaller box inside a slightly larger custom-sized box
- Fill with bubble wrap or foam
- Use highly-visible stickers that read “FRAGILE,” “DO NOT LAY FLAT,” and other shipping instructions like directional arrows to indicate orientation
- Write your name on every side of the container
- Include container opening instructions on outside of box
- Include unwrapping instructions on top of inside of box (and rewrapping if it will be returned to you)
- Use high-quality packing materials including double wall cardboard boxes or crates, packing tape, foam and bubble wrap.
- Do NOT use styrofoam peanuts. They can shift during shipping leaving voids that can result in damage to your art pieces. In addition, they are not environmentally friendly.
The best packing tip is to requisition professional art shipping services such as Museo Vault. The staff has learned how to ship art through years of experience in museums and galleries. Their white-glove art shipping services will treat your pieces with the delicacy and professionalism needed. Contact us today to discuss your art shipping needs.
If you spend time and money on supplies to create amazing artwork or are a collector who buys other’s art, the last thing that you would want would be for the art to be ruined in shipping. If you are an artist, you may be shipping it to a show or to a buyer. If you are a collector, you will probably be shipping it to move it- either from house to house, to a gallery, or to storage. Following these tips for how to ship a painting will help ensure that your precious painting isn’t damaged.
Avoid Bubble Wrap
Bubble Wrap can damage paintings because of its texture. Paintings that are shipped will spend time in hot trucks or planes where temperatures can get warm enough to cause the medium soften and absorb indentations from the bubble wrap’s texture. If you are a bubble wrap lover, just put a sheet of a firmer material in between the painting and the bubble wrap. Glassine or plastic are two great options.
Wrap, Wrap, and Wrap Some More
No matter what material you decide to wrap your painting in, you should wrap it thoroughly. Be sure not to wrap it very tight, though. A layer of wrapping material then something sturdy (like a piece of cardboard cut to size) to cover the front of the painting to protect it from sharp objects and finally another layer of wrapping material should ensure that your painting is protected.
Ship in a Tube When Possible
If you need to ship prints that are on paper or canvas not on a frame, don’t even think about shipping these flat. A tube will offer much more protection than a flat package will and is a lot less trouble. You may need to roll the piece with tissue paper covering the front of the painting to protect it from any smearing or transferring.
These are easy tips to follow for shipping paintings, but some people would prefer to leave packing and shipping to the professionals to ensure that their prized artwork is protected from anything that could happen to it. No matter what you choose, just choose with care.
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Great art needs to be taken care of, especially if you aren’t displaying it at the moment. If you have a large collection, chances are you will not have enough room in your home for showing it all and will need a safe place to store the pieces that you don’t have on your walls. Using a storage unit is one of the best ways to keep your art safe but only if you choose a reputable facility designed with specific features to protect you art. If you are interested in storing your art, you should look for these features in a storage facility:
Climate Controlled Storage
It is important that the storage building used to store your art is climate controlled. The wrong climate will cause mold and mildew that will damage your art. Improper temperature will make the paint brittle, which can potentially cause cracking or peeling of the paint.
Proper Frame Care
Your paintings have to be protected from their glass frames while in storage. You should have a mat that is free of acid in between the painting and the glass. The glass should be carefully stored and handled because of its fragileness. The corners of the frame should be protected so they will not get damaged or cause damage to other art in the storage unit.
If you have paintings that are not in frames, you should store them flat and not in packing tubes. Flat files make great storage for paintings. Paintings should be stored in art folders that are acid free in order to prevent them from touching, transferring colors, or damaging each other.
A facility with these features will help your art retain its value while it is in storage.
Museo Vault understands the importance of your art collection and has a system in place to properly store your art in its Miami facility so you know that your art is safe and secure.
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