If you are packing and shipping your artwork to send to a show, a buyer, or just moving the artwork from one location to the next, you want to do it carefully so your art isn’t damaged during shipping. Packing and shipping artwork doesn’t have to be a complicated process in order for it to work. Just following these easy-to-implement tips will help protect your artwork during the shipping process.
Pack Your Artwork with Protective Layers
You need to protect your art from moisture, dirt, and dust druing the shipping process. Art should be wrapped in a protective paper that is acid-free. If your art is wood, ceramic, or textile, you should cover it with a white cotton fabric to protect it. After your artwork has its first layer of protection, you should provide it with an additional layer of protection by wrapping it with plastic. Don’t wrap it so tight that the art is at risk for damage by the person trying to remove the plastic; a loose wrap will suffice.
Protective Packaging for Artwork
When shipping artwork, two boxes are better than one. Start with a small box that is cushioned and then put that inside of a larger box that will protect your art from sharp objects and bumps that can potentially damage your art during shipping. Bubble wrap or foam should be placed inside both packages to provide extra protection. It is best to avoid packing peanuts and other loose materials.
Identify Your Artwork and Instruct on Handling
The name of the artist and piece should be on the bottom or the back of your art. Your name should be written on every exterior side of the shipping box or container. Ask the art shipping company for labels so that you can clearly mark your package as “fragile.” Write on the package how the box should be opened after shipping and include instructions on how to unpack the art. If the art will be sent back to you, you should include packing instructions as well as a list of reusable materials.
If all of this information makes your nervous, art shipping professionals can pack and ship your art for you.
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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