Tips: How to pack your work. A step-by-step guide

You’ve sold an artwork online, and now you don’t know how to pack it safely? Here is a step-by-step guide to help you pack your work like a pro. In this article, the Artasiam's team gathered all the information you need to know for packing a painting, photography, print or, drawing.

Painting

Supplies needed

  • Packing Tape
  • Artist Tape (easily removable)
  • Cutter or Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Corners
  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Glassine Paper
  • Brown Paper
  • Large and small Bubble Wrap
  • Box or cardboard to make a box

Optionnal

  • Foam
  • Tape gun
  • Cloth Gloves

Set up

Before starting, wash your hand or wear cloth gloves to keep oils off your artworks. Next, find a flat surface, a table or, a countertop where to proceed to the packing.

  1. Place a piece of foam, a blanket, or a piece of fabric on a flat surface to protect your artwork during the process. Make sure that whatever you decide to use is larger than your artwork to protect it.
  2. Cut a piece of glassine larger than your artwork and place it on a flat surface. This type of paper will not stick to the surface of your artwork and protects it from liquids and oils.
  3. Place your artwork face down on the glassine.
  4. Secure the glassine around the edges of the canvas with artist tape. Artist tape is easy to take off without damaging your artwork, and it facilitates the unwrapping.
  5. Print, fill out and sign Artasiam’s Certificate of Authenticity or you can use your own. Print and add the buyer's invoice to the package. You can also include a personalized thank-you note to the buyer. Include all documents inside the package before the next step.
  6. Cut a large piece of bubble wrap and put it on your working area with the smooth surface facing up. Then, put your artwork face down on the bubble wrap. Make sure to leave at least 2 inches (ca. 5 cm) of bubble wrap on either side of your artwork. Wrap your artwork two times with bubble wrap and cut it. Secure with packing tape.
  7. You can use a pre-made box or create your own. Make sure that the box you use is bigger than your painting (up to 2 inches (ca. 5 cm) on all sides) to add enough padding with large bubble wrap. Do not forget to always put the smooth side of the bubble wrap facing the artwork. Secure with packing tape.

You can check out this website:

https://www.uline.ca/BL_413/Large-Side-Loaders 

https://www.uline.ca/BL_1301/Kraft-Easy-Fold-Mailers

https://www.uline.ca/Grp_29/Indestructo-and-Literature-Mailers

  1. If you are going to make your own box with recyclable cardboard, make sure to wrap your artwork as indicated on step number 6. Then, proceed to take measurements to build a box that fit properly.
  2. Once your artwork is wrap with large bubble wrap and inside the box, make sure you fill any space between the box and your artwork to avoid any movement. Secure the box with enough packing tape.
  3. Stick the shipping label we sent to you previously with packing tape at the centre of the box.
  4. Mark “fragile” on the package.
  5. You’re done packing your artwork! The last thing to do is to drop off your artwork at the nearest Post Office.

Photography, print & drawing

Supplies needed

  • Cardboard Envelops or Regular Envelope
  • Cardboard Pieces
  • Packing Tape
  • Glassine Paper
  • Scissors

Set up

Before starting, wash your hand or wear cloth gloves to keep oils off your artworks. Next, find a flat surface, a table, a countertop, or the floor, where to proceed to the packing!

  1. Place your photograph or drawing on a cardboard similar in size to the envelope you will be using.
  2. Put a sheet of glassine on the front of your artwork to protect its surface.
  3. Place a second cardboard with the same dimensions as the first one on top of your artwork and secure it. 
  4. Put your artwork inside an  envelope of your choosing. Before sealing the envelope, do not forget to add the signed Certificate of Authenticity, the buyer's invoice and a personalized thank-you note. Secure the envelope with packing tape.
  5. Stick the shipping label we sent to you with packing tape at the centre of the envelope.
  6. Mark “fragile” and “do not bend” on the package.
  7. You’re done packing your artwork! The last thing to do is to drop off your artwork at the nearest Post Office.

You are now ready to pack safely your work! If you have any questions or suggestions on how to pack your work, do not hesitate to write a comment below or to contact us at: info@artasiam.com.

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