Packaging Art - How to Pack Artwork to Prevent Damage

For me it's very important to pack the Frame-ready and the Framed Portraits right to help prevent any damage when I send them. I can't imagine how devastating it would be if anything happened to any portrait I send to my clients.

I spend so many hours behind the easel with each portrait and there is only one unique copy of that particular portrait in the world. That portrait can never be replaced, that's why it's so important to pack right.

I have been packaging my painted portraits in one other way.

I created cardboard boxes for the portraits which were wrapped in bubble wrap before packed into the box. That was a perfect way of packaging, but it took too many hours so I had to find another way.

I still spend allot of time packaging though, mostly it takes several hours for each portrait. The images below show the steps I take when I pack the portraits before they are shipped. My Mounted/Matted Portraits and Prints are packed the same way.

Step 1
Step 1
At first I place thick cardboard corners to each edge of the frame which protects the edges from any kind of damage. Not all protective corners look entirely the same.
Step 2
Step 2
This is how my oli paintings look from the backside. As seen on the picture, the thick cardboard cornes covers the entire frame also on the backside.
Step 3
Step 3
I cover the portrait in thick and soft protective plastic. This keeps the cardboard corners in place and protects the entire framed portrait from dents, scratches and damp.
Step 4
Step 4
This is how the framed portrait looks when its wrapped with the protective plastic. I carefully tape the soft plastic to keep it in place.
Step 5
Step 5
Next step is to cut out thick cardboards for each side of the portrait. The cardboard sides protects the entire portrait from damage that might happen due transfer.
Step 6
Step 6
These thick cardboards are created especially for packaging frail goods, artwork goes into that category. The cardboard sides are 3cm longer on each side then the framed portrait.
Step 7
Step 7
As you can see on the former picture I use bubblewrap with big sized bubbles. This protects the entire package from any incautious handling by the post office. I wrap the package with many layers of bubblewrap.
Step 8
Step 8
The last thing I do before the portrait is sent is to cover the entire package with on outer waterproof thick, plastic layer. These plastic bags are created especially to keep water away from the product inside.