There are many cases in which you may need to ship artwork. Objects of art are regularly bought and sold by people residing in different corners of the world and need transportation to get to their new owners. You may also agree to showcase your piece of art at an exhibition or art fair. Therefore, packaging art for shipping is an aspect that every artwork owner should know inside out to ensure end-to-end protection for their belongings.
Different fine art handlers use a variety of packaging materials, and here, we share our own list of top-recommended options for safe and professional packaging for artwork transportation.
Packaging Art for Shipping: Our Top Recommended Materials
The most important thing for artwork packaging is to minimize the risk of the cover material sticking to the surface of a painting or art print. Therefore, we apply glassine paper to protect the surface of your painting, drawing, or print before rolling it up and putting it into a hard tube for transportation.
Though most manufacturers produce glassine paper of organic components, it’s still highly recommended that you double-check whether your fine art shipper uses acid-free glassine paper when packaging art for shipping.
Glassine paper is air-, water-, and grease-resistant. It is made of wood pulp, which ensures its biodegradability and recyclability. Therefore, this cover guarantees comprehensive protection from exposure, rubbing, or liquid spilling during transportation. This material is also recommended for interleaving fine art if several items are placed in one tube, thus giving each piece full protection from sticking and contact.
Another popular material used for packaging art for shipping is kraft paper. This type of paper is very durable and strong, meeting the industrial strength criteria. This way, careful wrapping of your artwork into high-quality kraft paper for transportation secures it from scratches and damage. The paper is manufactured from sustainable resources and will also cause no harm to your artwork.
Finally, we apply kraft bubble or bubble wrap to ensure better protection of transported items against impact damage. The rule of thumb is to choose the bubble wrap’s dimensions depending on the object’s size and weight; the larger the bubbles, the higher the protection and shock absorption.
Delegate Packaging to Professionals
As you can see, the choice of packaging materials is a meticulous task that professionals can execute well. Contact Fine Art Shippers at (917) 658-5075, and we’ll select the proper combination of packaging materials individually fitted to your artwork type, size, and weight.