How Do I Package A Painting?

What you’ll need:

  • Plastic sheeting, poly wrap, or heavy plastic bag
  • Acid-free archival tissue paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Two ply cardboard
  • Cardboard corner protectors
  • Cardboard box

Step 1 – Wrap the artwork in acid-free paper, archival tissue paper. Be aware that any material in contact with the work must be archival quality.

Step 2 –Take four 8”x 8” square pieces acid-free tissue paper and fold each in diagonally creating a triangle, then fold again to create a triangle pocket. Place one of these triangles onto each corner of the painting.

Step 3 – Tape the wrapped painting to a sheet of two-ply cardboard the same size or slightly larger than the painting for a firm backing, take care of tape only  onto the tissue paper corners.

Step 4 – To protect against moisture and water damage, wrap the artwork with plastic sheeting/poly wrap or put it inside a heavy plastic bag and then seal it with tape.

Step 5 – Wrap the entire work with two layers of bubble wrap, and use tape to fix it.

Step 6 – Put cardboard corner protectors on the corners of the wrapped artwork.

Step 7 – Place the wrapped artwork between two pieces of two ply cardboard, making a “sandwich.”  Put attention to the borders of the cardboard, because it  should extend 2-3 inches beyond all edges of the bubble-wrapped artwork. Use packing tape to bind the foam board sandwich together. Tape down firmly all sides of the artwork to be sure the paintings doesn’t shift around within.

Step 8 – Place painting into a cardboard box with approximately three inches of space on all sides. Fill the empty space with enough bubble wrap to ensure that the artwork doesn’t shift during transit.

Step 9 – Seal the box using long strips of packaging tape and pay attention to completely fix all the opening flaps of the box.

Step 10 – Affix the shipping label to the package and put clear tape over the label so it doesn’t get removed during shipment. Write “FRAGILE” in large capital letters on the box.