When you stay at a Bluegreen Resorts vacation property in any of its dozens of locations, chances are you might purchase more souvenirs than you can comfortably fit into your car or suitcase. Whether you’ve acquired a cowboy painting from one of the numerous Western-themed galleries in Big Sky, Montana, fragile Native American handcrafted items in Peoria, Arizona, or a reproduction of a piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, you’ll want to know that it reaches its ultimate destination safely.
Many galleries and retailers will pack and ship the art for you. This alternative offers an inherent convenience. However, if you find that you need to take care of the chore yourself, here are a few tips based on professionals’ recommendations:
– Remember that any rare or highly valuable piece should only be entrusted to professional specialty art shippers. However, you can opt for a slower and cheaper shipping method for personal art items that aren’t extremely valuable, including pieces valued at $10,000 or less. Items that are neither extremely fragile nor very large are usually good candidates for standard shipping. Remember to insure the items in case they are damaged in transit.
– The structure, size, and dimensions of the art are very important: You will, of course, package an unframed canvas very differently than a piece of pottery. For example, many professionals who pack paintings wrap them in sturdy plastic bags to protect the finish. They measure the painting, then use a long-handled knife to cut two pieces of Styrofoam to fit one below and one above, leaving 2 inches of Styrofoam on each side. After placing the painting on the bottom Styrofoam layer, they surround it with cut strips of sufficient depth to completely rise above its face, put the top layer of Styrofoam on top, and then seal the entire piece with tape. They may use a corrugated cardboard box into which the Styrofoam-covered painting can easily slip into, or they can fill in the gaps with bubble wrap.
– A number of websites, such as those sponsored on HubPages.com, are specifically directed to working artists and offer excellent information for anyone on how to ship a variety of media. In addition, your fellow collectors on Pinterest have pinned numerous pages describing their own preferred methods.