Shipping original artwork can be a bit stressful and I am always holding my breath until I hear from the customer or get notice that the work arrived safe. I do all I can to ensure that the work arrives undamaged and like to reuse packing materials (I do a lot of online shopping, particularly for art materials!) to do so. There are several layers to the packaging:
- Protecting the surface of the artwork from packing materials is the first priority. I use glassine, a glossy, transparent paper that is resistant to grease, oils and water, is acid free, and chemically inert. It is an ideal choice for protecting the artwork.
- A cardboard or foam core (from saved packing or matting materials) protective layer is added on top of the glassine to protect the surface of the artwork from dings.
- The entire package is then wrapped in bubble wrap. This can take many forms as I reuse whatever packing materials I have on hand.
- The whole package is then placed in a box with additional packing materials to prevent movement if necessary.
- Finally, I add the packing slip, a thank you note, and often times, a little something extra :)