Let’s talk about shipping today. Specifically, preparing art for shipping.
Shirleen asked the question for today. Here it is.
How do you package you artwork for safe shipping and do you include frame or only matted? Thank you
Thank you for your question. This isn’t a topic I talk about much, so thank you for giving me the opportunity.
Preparing Art for Shipping
Over the years, I’ve come up with a very simple packaging process for shipping colored pencil work.
Packaging the Drawing
I buy resealable, archival clear plastic envelopes from a company called Clear Bags dot com. The envelopes come in a wide range of sizes from very small to huge, so it’s rare that I can’t find a size that fits well.
I also buy white, archival backboards from the same company.
Each piece is slipped into a clear envelope, then I put a backboard behind it. This allows me to prop the drawing up on a shelf while I’m finishing with shipping preparations, and provides a little extra support during shipping.
I also mat the piece whenever possible, since matted artwork is an overall better presentation. I like the Crescent Conservation quality double mats in white because they look good on almost everything, are archival, and add extra stability to the art piece. But as you see in these illustrations, standard black and white double mats also make a good presentation, and look good on almost all art.
You can probably get better prices and more color selection from other sources, but if you’re ordering envelopes and backboards anyway, buying everything together may save you more time and money than shopping around. If you do want to buy mats elsewhere, try Picture Frames dot com.
This is the packaged artwork.
The Bottom Line to Preparing Art for Shipping
You can, of course, pay someone else to package and ship your artwork, but why should you? This method of shipping is relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and gives you full control over the way your artwork is packaged and shipped.
For additional information, read How to Prepare, Package, and Ship Your Colored Pencil Art. I wrote this step-by-step tutorial for EmptyEasel, and it’s a more in-depth look at preparing art for shipping.