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A Safe Way to Pack Paintings for Shipping

One man's opinion on how to pack a painting for shipping overseas in a professional way.

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Comment by Lyn Barlotta on January 28, 2014 at 3:39pm

Gorgeous wrapping job, but sticking things and writing on the back of the canvas? Kind of defeats the purpose, no?

Comment by Cindy Wider on July 29, 2013 at 12:05pm

I should add, I used parcel hero this last time instead of the other freight company that I am not mentioning. Parcel Hero is my hero and saviour at the moment...great prices and great service.

Comment by Cindy Wider on July 29, 2013 at 12:02pm

This is really well packed, great work! The only concern I would have is for the sides that are not covered by the wood. I had a bad experience not that long ago...I thought I was super-safe freighting with a particular 'art freighting company' so I did the usual things that were suggested and that I had always done over the twenty or so years I have been selling my original artworks; two layers of double thick bubble wrap, tape and more tape, a solid cardboard sheet on top and back of the canvase (thick hard cardboard) and then more tape and more tape then a purpose built box around the whole lot. I admit that I had always used specialist art freight companies (one in paticular that of course I won't name) and everything I sent with them was always in excellent condition. This time though something bad happenned and a forklift went right through the package...it broke the stretcher bars on both paintings...yes two in one box) and it tore the canvas on one and badly dented the other. I was horrified and of course I re-painted both images for the client. But I will never again send my artwork out to a client without the proper box. The last time I freighted an artwork (two weeks ago) I actually painted it off the canvas, had excellent markings for the canvas stretcher at the other end of destination and freighted it in a plastic plummbers tube. It arrived in excellent condition...travelling from the UK to Australia. I was very pleased and relieved. Hmmm...so I recommend building the box with wood all around so long as the freight doesn't become toooo expensive. I used Parcel Hero  and will use them again. cheers all!

Comment by Laurel Sternberg on June 20, 2012 at 1:44am

WOW! Beautiful. His wrapping is also a work of art, so wise and important. I imagine this would work for works framed with glass, too?

Comment by judy robbins on June 19, 2012 at 9:44pm

I can't even imagine trying to unpack it.  That is the most thorough job I have ever seen.  The only thing I saw which I would not do is write on the back of a canvas with permanent marker.  That is an unknown quantity.  I, in fact, took a piece to be shipped today to the USPS and they basically said that even with the piece insured, it would be stacked for shipping.  I took it to UPS, insured it, they wrote Fragile all over it and now I keep my fingers crossed.  Used foam around the art, bubble wrap, then foamboard, all taped and then cardboard, taped and all of it taped to the inside of the box so it wouldn't shift.

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