Don't Let Shipping Mishaps Damage Your Art: Tips for Packaging Artwork

Don't Let Shipping Mishaps Damage Your Art: Tips for Packaging Artwork

 When shipping artwork, one of the most important things to consider is how you package it. Without proper packaging, art pieces can be damaged or destroyed in transit. That's why it's essential to know how to package artwork correctly, especially when shipping art with carriers that often stack packages. In this blog post, we'll provide expert tips on how to package artwork safely and securely. 

What You Need:

Clean cloth or towel

Sturdy Cardboard

Wax or Parchment Paper

Bubble Wrap

Packaging Tape

Optional: Permanent Marker, Fragile Stickers


Step 1: Prepare the Surface

 Before packaging your artwork, make sure to thoroughly clean its surface. This will prevent any dirt or grime from damaging the artwork during transit. Use a damp cloth to wipe the surface, and if necessary, use a drop of dish soap to remove any stubborn grease or dirt.

Note: Use mild dish soap, only a drop or two, use a soft, clean white cloth to gently wipe and remove grease, dust etc.

Step 2: Choose the Right Materials

 Start by selecting sturdy, high-quality cardboard that's large enough to accommodate your artwork. Avoid using cardboard that is too small or too big, as it can increase the risk of damage during transit. Also, consider using cardboard inserts or padding to provide extra protection against shocks and impacts.

Step 3. Inserts

 This may be the most important step in protection during shipment and is very easy to do. Simply measure the open area and depth in the back of the canvas, and cut cardboard sheets to fit inside. Important: do not over or under-pack the cardboard inserts or they can stretch or damage the artwork. Ensure a perfect or near-perfect fit for maximum protection. 

Step 4: Wrap the Artwork

 Wrap the artwork carefully to protect it from scratches, tears, and other forms of damage. First, cover it with a layer of acid-free wax paper or parchment to prevent any direct contact between the artwork and the packaging materials. Add cardboard strips at 90 degrees to cover corners. Then, cover it with a layer of bubble wrap, making sure to wrap it tightly and securely. Finally, add another layer of cardboard or foam board on top of the bubble wrap for additional protection.

Step 5: Secure the Packaging

 Seal the box securely with heavy-duty packing tape, making sure that all edges and corners are well-covered. Use clear, waterproof tape to prevent any damage from moisture. To further safeguard your artwork, consider using "Fragile" or "Handle With Care" labels on the outside of the box.

Step 6: Choose the Right Shipping Carrier

 When shipping your artwork, it's important to choose a reliable shipping carrier with a good track record of safe delivery. Do some research and read reviews from other artists who have shipped their artwork. Also, always consider purchasing additional insurance for your package to ensure that you're covered in case of any mishaps.

 By following this guide, you can rest assured that your artwork is properly packaged and protected for safe delivery. Don't let shipping mishaps damage your art – take the necessary precautions to ensure that it arrives at its destination in perfect condition.


Extra Tips

 Use clean un-labeled cardboard for a professional look. This will ensure that your artwork is packaged neatly and clean.

To reduce your environmental footprint, source your cardboard from recycling.

Use MDF boards instead of cardboard for an incredibly sturdy insert. By taking these extra precautions, you can prevent any shipping mishaps from damaging your art.

 Don't skimp on the tape, with many years of experience in shipping and receiving I can promise you that the main items returned-to-sender are those that arrive opened. The customer should never have to assume the risk that the opened package was damaged, especially with art. Has it assumed weather damage? Did items in the package fall out? Secure that package with a nice, clean layer of clear tape.


 You're Ready To Ship!

 Packaging art may seem like a daunting task, but with a little bit of effort, you can ensure that your artwork arrives safely at its destination. By following the steps outlined, you can confidently package your canvas artwork for safe delivery.

 When it comes to packaging your art, remember to treat your artwork with the same care and passion that went into creating it. Your artwork is an extension of yourself, and you want to ensure that it arrives safely and intact at its destination. By following the guidelines outlined in this post, you can rest assured that your canvas artwork will arrive at its new home unscathed.

 -Sydney Smith

 Do you have tips for packaging and shipping artwork? I would love to see your feedback in the comments!

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