Sold your first art piece and it’s ready for shipping? Been invited to exhibit your art in a show and you need to get it there safely?
Knowing how to package your art safely is really important not only for your art, but for your reputation as an artist, someone who takes great care of their work from beginning to end.
Your artistic talent is a gift, and you’ve been given the chance to give this gift, physically, to someone else. Make it count. Don’t you always feel better when you receive a well wrapped present? Exactly.
We’ve hosted many exhibitions which featured talented artists at the beginning of their careers from all over the world. And although the artwork is always spot on, sometimes the packing it arrives in can be a miss. This is not great news because sloppy packing can cause damage to the work before it’s even had it’s time to shine on the walls.
Quality artwork deserves quality packaging, but it is not necessary to blow your budget on the wrapping. So before you go about wrapping up your work for storage, or for your next opportunity or sale, check out these great budget friendly tips from on how to package your art.
Packaging prints & originals
Make it sturdy, but also lightweight. That will help cut the costs of shipping for your customers.
Sending prints in a mailing tube
Use brown paper to protect the print, and then gently roll it up and slide it into an appropriately sized tube. Buy lightweight tubes and remember to weigh the finished parcel.
For shipping large paintings
Bubble wrap the paintings, and secure it with tape. Remember to reuse your bubble wrap!
Protect the corners and separate double paintings with cardboard
You can get large flat packed boxes from amazon.
Or you can literally go into any grocery store or craft store and ask the shelf stocking staff if you can have their boxes from the back, they almost always say yes.
For shipping smaller paintings
Use a few layers tissue paper to wrap shiny or gloss finished paintings, instead of bubble wrap.
Make a your own protective box using foam core.
Wrap it all up in brown paper.
When you have 100’s of small orders
Have a system and get help! Lighten the load, and ask a friend or partner to help you prep and pack, it will make your life a lot easier and cut down the time. After all, time is money!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lauren was born in London, but grew up in Canada where she received her degrees with distinction in Fine Arts and Education. Now she's back, she continues her work in creative arts by making art and teaching it, while developing opportunities for early career artists as the founder of the online platform Dark Yellow Dot.