Make sure that caps on both ends are secured and will not pop out during transit. There are two packaging methods that keep paintings well protected: using bubble wrap and cardboard, or using custom-built wooden crates. The execution: Start by first cleaning the glass panel connected to the frame. Maria Qamar, the artist also known as Hatecopy, quit her advertising career to focus on painting when her pop art Aunty paintings began to catch fire on Instagram. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship art prints to avoid damages during transit. While we may be able to make more money selling things as an open edition and selling as many as we possibly can, I think that by offering our works as limited editions really helps add to the value of the art.”. Eventually I came across an empty resale space that was the perfect fit for the exhibition. I’ll need to go invest in one since my mother-in-law wants me to send her one of my oil paintings. Insert the protected prints in a cardboard envelope and seal with packing tape. For added security, you can put two or even three pieces of cardboard above and below the print to insure that it doesn't bend. Place the other sheet of masonite board on top of the frame, securing well with wood glue and At some point the volume became so much that I couldn't make time to draw or to be an artist. Research source, Tip: If you like, you can attach a thank you note or your business card to the twine or slip it in under the edge of the roll at this point. "Making sure that the real fans are actually the ones who are able to get the things that we sell is always a priority.” – Ken. It happens in any industry, whether it be iPhones or apparel or concert tickets, so it's part of the way the world works unfortunately. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards. That way if the painting comes loose from the Velcro during shipment, the only thing that will touch its face is the Hollytex. Don’t use packaging chips to fill any remaining space, they will just settle at the bottom – shredded straw and paper are best. triangles on each corner of the work. Tape the box closed, and put the address on the label. This guide will show you how to package both. So funny – I was going to post about this very thing next month! Make sure that you only tape the packing paper and not the print itself to avoid damage from adhesive residue. together. I couldn't find a gallery that would let me borrow their space for a short amount of time. place the piece in between them and securely tape all sides. However, I’m glad that I’ve found out that sending art in a wooden crate is a much better option. secure during shipment. Cut two sheets of masonite board to fit the front and back of the frame (including the top strip, All rights reserved. In 2017, the starving artist is a dying breed. You can purchase plastic art sleeves online, from shipping supply stores, or from arts and crafts stores. Prints and posters are best shipped in cardboard mailing tubes, and smaller prints in rigid cardboard mailing envelopes. Set the sculpture down in the shredded Galleries can expose your work to new audiences, and have access to resources and professionals to help promote, handle, and ship artwork. She’s gotten settled in and wants me to ship the rest of her art to her. Limited edition has its drawbacks, however. Of course, this is coming from a person who did the above to my art so…, *scratch the “oit would work” and that sentence makes more sense. Generally, the artist would make a set commission on sold works. © 2020 Saatchi Art. For both methods, remember to properly insure the piece if necessary and to clearly mark the box as bubble wrap in the middle slightly. Use your hard wood strips to create the basis of the frame. This was before pop-ups became sort of a cultural thing. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you are shipping original art, or elect to ship prints and canvases yourself, rather than through a print and fulfill company, take extra precaution with your packing. Send them flat? Purchase chipboard sheets from a packing supply or craft store, or cut your own backing sheets from old cardboard boxes with a precision knife. The artist provides the artwork, we do our best to sell it, and then we split the proceeds fifty percent. I can now use that time to brainstorm and come up with better things and connect with people." We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. Because Maria works frequently in traditional mediums, much of the impact of the texture and scale of her work gets lost digitally. Address the envelope and label with “Do not bend” in bold letters before mailing it off. Very good product, and much less hassle than trying to make something yourself! You can also offer your customers framed options, and DIY the framing. TIP: Sync your online and offline sales by using Shopify POS for in-person selling. While Maria runs her own shop, where she sells prints and merchandise, eliminating the middle man and keeping her costs low, she leans on relationships with experienced galleries to exhibit and sell her original art. “It's actual physical work, so when we do exhibits, you can walk into a gallery and see that I'm a real person that has technical skills that can do paintings and large scale installations.” – Maria. When sending something you love with a courier, never leave anything to chance. Ecommerce wasn’t as accessible 15 years ago, and social media was essentially non-existent. You will then need to wrap the entire frame and painting in acid free wrapping paper and tape down the edges. "In the beginning, I would print, package, and deliver by hand every single poster that was ordered. For art, the best two options for shipping is either with a new, triple ply cardboard box or a wooden crate. Maria pursued her dream of becoming a working artist after being laid off from her advertising job, but the success didn’t happen overnight, and she supplemented her income in the beginning, while growing her fan base on Instagram. around the middle where the 2 pieces overlap. Given the relative values of artwork and packing materials, it makes sense to err on the side of caution when shipping art. Find a box or build a crate that can fit the piece, with 3 inches of space available on all sides of the frame. Protect the front and back surfaces of the paper with tissue paper. unpack and re-pack artwork. Affix the shipping label to the box and place some If you’re interested in having your art represented by a gallery in addition to selling prints on your own site, do your homework and be professional, says Ken: You can't sell street art to somebody who collects impressionism. Everybody looks at art differently. I learned a hard lesson: to succeed in art, you must also succeed in business. Only wrap half shipping & packing mosaics that I’ll add here. I was just spending all of my days delivering, and in transit.” – Maria. So much that goes into making sure your art arrives safely! of the sculpture at this time. Make a hole in the middle of the shredded