Splatter tips on packaging your Artwork

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

Here are a few handy tips on how to package your Artwork so that it arrives at it's new destination safely and in one piece.

For Stretched canvases (with or without frames)

  • At least two layers of bubble wrap and placed inside a strong cardboard box.

  • Be sure to fill any voids to minimise movement and potential damage

  • Insert extra sheets of cardboard or polystyrene sheets to provide multiple layers of safety.

  • Australia Post is available with good rates, however, there is a size limit There are services such as Pack & Send who will pack & send your artworks for you

  • For extra-large artworks, or artworks with heavy texture use a wooden crate or extra-heavy duty cardboard.

For unframed canvases or works on paper

  • If the artwork (canvas or paper) is going rolled in a tube add in extra layers of bubble wrap to provide safety, use a sturdy shipping tube. Seal both sides with plenty of tape.

  • If they're being flat packed, pack them in between hard sheets of cardboard/ply and tape them on the sides.

  • Do not use padded envelopes, they can easily be folded in transit and are not insurable.

Note: When using bubble wrap make sure the bubbles face away from your Artwork and use

glassine paper or similar as a barrier between your painting’s surface and the bubble wrap.

Measure your packaged Artwork correctly and take photos as proof of packaging. This is requirement if the artwork is damaged in transit and you have chosen insurance. Lack of photos might result in unsuccessful claim for insufficient packaging. Add enough fragile stickers and warnings on the packed work.

Try to avoid selling Artwork with glass frames as insurance claims could be difficult.

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