Packaging and delivery of your art need not be a problem. Knowing what to do and how to do it can save you hours of frustration and headache not to mention saving money. Give these suggestions a try and you will see that there is an easier way to pack and send your art.
The tips tricks and advice I offer are achieved by many expensive lessons about what to do what to avoid and what to do. Shipping costs and insurance go up and up so all small tips help. These suggestions are some simple but effective ways to avoid pitfalls in what I like to call Bad Shipping practices.
Packaging If you plan to send a painting with or without frame I recommend strong paper packaging of the entire work. This serves two purposes. One is obvious as it protects the surface of the painting. It also serves to show your buyer client that you care about the piece and that it was not just another sale. Remember A Happy Customer is a Client of Life.
The most cost effective way to send a painting is with an Art Shipping Strongbox. You can buy these boxes with or without an ABS Liner. For paintings of higher value I strongly recommend walking with the lined box. These boxes are available in several sizes and are the easiest fastest safest and most affordable way to ship. Since I started using these power boxes I have not had any problems at all.
If you plan to bubble your paintings then thats what I recommend. Take a piece of cardboard and cover the face of the painting and frame before bubble packaging. You can tap this directly into the paper tray. To ensure safe transit in cardboard you must provide 3 4 inch bubble thickness. Make sure the sides and corners of the painting have extra padding as these are generally the problem areas in shipping. If you plan to build a coffin 2 3 inch bubble plastic is sufficient.
Once you have packed the painter be sure to place the inside of the carton with additional sheets of cardboard and bubble. This helps to protect the packed piece from any puncture or tears to the box. This extra step has saved me thousands of dollars alone.
One thing before you seal the box put a copy of the invoice inside the box. Many packages get damaged or lost today so the invoice helps prove the content. If the shipping label happens to be dropped or deleted by mistake think its happening. The delivery person has a way to identify where it goes. The only thing worse than a damaged artwork is a lost artwork. Although not necessary you can print the shipping address and the contact number on the box also prevent many headaches.
If you plan to ship with a wooden box I recommend cutting two 1x2 inch wood slabs to the width of the inside of the box. Push them down on the bubble not too hard but just enough to keep the painting from moving around. You can attach the wooden logs with screws at each end of the box. You should also take a marker and circle the headers and make a note Remove. This helps the new owner know what to take apart and what should not. Finally do not forget to write the shipping address on the box so you know it makes it your destination.
Since most freight services now limit their liability to $ 500.00 it would be wise to insure the shipment itself. If this is not an option then the next best thing is to send via FedEx next day delivery. The reason this is a sure bet is that FedEx leaves the next day shipments on trucks instead of warehouse or they will transfer them through the delivery process. Because most of the damage comes from aggressive handling the shorter the time you transport in transit the safer it is.
If you can ship with UPS and you must carry insurance on your shipment UPS is definitely the way to go. The safe effort is to insure the work of art especially if the art is expensive or fragile. No need to take chances. Note The most cost effective way to send a valuable piece of art is to use a Strongbox insure the package for $ 3500 or more and send it Standard overnight or 2day. The UPS handbags carry the entire next day and 2 day packages with high values over $ 3500. It is safe and costeffective.