How to Ship a Painting on Canvas

Transportation of canvas paintings may pose a perplexing challenge, especially its packaging part. If preparing your artworks for shipping without being completely panic-stricken seems to be utopian, check out this simple guide to keep everything running smoothly.

Thoroughness is a guarantee of success

A recently created piece of art is especially susceptible to scrapes and scarves, so treat it as gently as possible. An adequately prepared work surface covered with protective material like cardboard or cloth, as well as a pair of cotton gloves to avoid risky tactile contact with artwork, is a must. 

Let’s get started!

First and foremost, minimize the risk of potential damage caused by grease, air, dust, and moisture. For this, you need to cover the entire piece with acid-free glassine or tissue paper. Double-check if all the edges and sides of the painting are covered with packing material and then use some adhesive tape to secure the packaging. The next step is amortization, meaning that you need bubble wrap. A few layers of this material around the painting will not only keep it in place but also provide cushioning and insulation for your fragile piece. Remember not to let the bubble wrap touch the artwork surface directly. 

Roll it or not?

In case you are shipping an unframed painting, you may want to roll it. You can certainly do that, but be sure to avoid these three don’ts: roll too tight, start the rolling when the painting is not utterly dry, and roll up with the painting surface inside. When it is done, pack your artwork in a special mailing tube without fear. 

Time to put your artwork in a box

Always opt for new durable cardboard boxes when shipping paintings. Place the artwork inside the box and fill in the empty space with bubble wrap. Shake it a bit to make sure nothing is moving inside. Carefully secure the box with quality packing tape and label it with appropriate shipping labels.

One more tip: if you are shipping a very delicate or oversized work, opt for a custom wooden crate, as it provides the best protection in transit.

Now your painting is ready to hit the road!

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