How To Keep Your Artwork and Prints Safe During The Shipping Process

Before shipping artwork, it is important to consider the type of piece being shipped. For example, shipping a flat painting or drawing is very different than shipping a piece of sculpture, pottery, or jewelry. Each type of artwork requires different packaging materials and methods in order to ensure that the piece arrives safely at its destination.

1. Type of Art

Once your piece of art is sold the next step is shipping and with that can come great stress. To ensure you artwork is delivered undamaged it is important to consider the types of packaging materials. If you are shipping a flat drawing, sketch or painting double walled cardboard or reinforced bubble mailers will work just fine. However, if you are shipping pottery, sculptures or fine jewelry you should consider incorporating bubble wrap to ensure your products structural integrity is preserved.

2. Know Your Materials

There are hundreds of packaging materials to choose from but understanding the different types and their makeup is important. If you are sending highly fragile pieces of artwork you want to take the utmost care in your packaging. Incorporating packaging materials such as Styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, double or triple walled cardboard may be your best solution to ensure your artwork is safe and secure within its packaging. Not all of these packaging materials are eco-friendly, which can be an additional consideration based on your brand identity.  If you are shipping drawings, sketches or paintings it is best to keep your artwork flat and as well as avoid certain materials such as plastic wrap that can hold moisture. In this case it is important to use materials such as recycled cardboard as well as double walled cardboard to ensure your artwork is not damaged.

3. Rightsizing your Packaging

When looking for ecofriendly barrier bag or pouch options, it is important to consider the materials used in the product. Some barrier bags and pouches are made with eco-friendly  packaging materials, such as recycled paper or biodegradable plastic. Others are made with more traditional materials, such as polypropylene or polyethylene. The best option for an ecofriendly barrier bag or pouch will depend on the needs of the product. The best way to choose an eco-friendly barrier bag or pouch is to consider the specific needs of the application and choose a product made with materials that will meet those needs in an environmentally responsible way.

If you are an artist or an art dealer and need help with your art packaging contact us today to learn how ACC Packaging can help ensure your artwork is delivered safely and secure.