Learn all about shipping art with this excerpt from an article about how to ship paintings from the October 2012 issue of Pastel Journal, including some additional shipping resources.
Creating a masterpiece is only the first step. Sometimes the inner beauty of a medium comes with understanding the special care required to maintain it after completion. Whether shipping art from a plein air location to the framer or shipping art to a client, knowing how to safely deliver a pastel is vital.
Professional framers are routinely warned against laying a pastel package face down even during the fitting stage of framing, for fear that pigment dust might drop onto the back of the glass when it’s being stapled closed. Obviously, originals aren’t framed when first being transported. At this stage, most artists will carry the fragile work to the framer. The transport of both framed and unframed pastels is a challenge, and when hand-delivery
isn’t an option, there are methods for transport that are designed for maximum protection with minimal damage or pigment loss.
Additional Shipping Resources
Commercial Boxes and Supplies
Airfloat Systems Inc. —StrongBox and Glas-Skin ; 800/445-2580, www.airfloatsys.com
Berry Plastics Corporation —Patco 5560 Removable Tape (MSDS); available online through numerous suppliers; 812/306-2000, http://tapes.berryplastics.com
The Foam Factory— 2½-inch Charcoal Acoustic Egg Crate Foam and 1½-inch Charcoal Acoustic Egg Crate Foam ; 586/627-3626, www.thefoamfactory.com
Shipping Box Instructions
Designs Ink Publishing —Creative Mounting, Wrapping and Laminating, 1999 ; Step-by-step directions for Hinged Box, Drop Spine Box and Sink Box ; 661/821-2188, www.designsinkart.com (Click on the “Books” tab.)
See “How To Speak Framer” in the June 2010 issue of The Pastel Journal for more on spacers and bevels.
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