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Packing Artwork, Part 2



    • Straight edge -- preferably metal
    • Matte knife -- retractable
    • Masking tape -- drafting & painters tape are also okay

    • Packing tape -- brown, clear or filament

    • Cutting board

    • Bubble wrap

    • Extra cardboard -- corrugated

    • Thin foam -- optional

    • Cardboard box -- Choose a corrugated cardboard box that is close in size to your wrapped paintings.



    Packaging stores carry boxes of different sizes. Measure the edges and the height of your wrapped paintings to get the right size box. Get a box that is close in size to your wrapped paintings. Corrugated cardboard is lightweight and strong. There are three kinds of packing tape -- clear, brown or with filament. Filament tape is the strongest, but any of these types is fine for this job.


    Packing The Box

    Tape the bottom using packing tape. Secure the seam all the way to both ends. Secure the edges as well. Lay a piece of bubble wrap on the bottom of the box for extra protection. Center the paintings in the box and place another piece of bubble wrap on top. Stuff wads of crushed newspaper or brown paper bags into the space between the paintings and the edge of your box so that the paintings don't shift. Add either more bubble wrap or crushed paper on top to fill the box.


    Sealing The Box

    Tape the top of the box closed tightly. Seal the edges as well.  Address the box with a waterproof marker. Be sure to include your return address. Mark the box as fragile.


    Packing Different Sizes

    FedEx and UPS Ground are you best and least expensive options. Be sure send your paintings early enough so they arrive on time! It takes about seven days for a packaged shipped ground from the East Coast to reach the West Coast.

    Other options include DHL, Emery or Airborne Express. They all provide good service and cost more money.


    Final Thoughts

    Try not to over-tape or over-wrap. Don't use packing peanuts--the peanuts get everywhere and stick to your paintings.

    Remember to label and name each painting. Include the class number, name and module number in case the pieces get separated.