How I pack my art for shipping
Packing my design for shipping
I always ensure that my works are well-packaged before handling them to the courier.
In this post I’ll show you how I pack my works!
I usually take pictures of the packing process, so I can prove that the piece of art was handle with care and so much love.
- First, I gather all the material that I need:
- The piece of art!
- Acid-free paper of archival quality.
- Bubble wrap.
- Artist’s tape.
- Packing tape.
- Inner tube.
- Mailing tube with plastic end caps.
- Thank You note.
- Certificate of Authenticity.
I place the work face-down between two sheets of acid-free paper, and I ensure the paper covers all sides and edges. I cut the paper so that it is larger than the artwork on all four sides to protect it.
And I add the Certificate of Authenticity.
I place the smaller tube on top of the perfect sandwich, and I add artist’s tape before and after rolling to secure it. This tube will provide inner support.
To provide extra padding, I roll the paper-covered artwork, and the “Thank You” note with two layers of plastic bubble wrap. This time, I use packing tape to seal the bubble wrap.
I slide this roll into the mailing or outer tube, which is longer than the rolled artwork. If there is too much space at the ends, I add extra bubble wrap until it fills the shipping tube.
I seal the end caps of the shipping tube with packing tape. I add the labels to the package and use a marker to write, “FRAGILE”.
Then, I just wait for the courier, and I give him the package + the export documents (three copies of the Commercial Invoice, one copy of the Certificate of Authenticity, and the original *self-certificate of contemporary art with the stamp of the Beni Culturali).
*The self-certificate of contemporary art is only required for international shipments. Italian customs are very strict with this document and will not allow the artwork to leave Italy without this self-certificate.
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I see you in my next post!