How to package/ship canvas art?
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Hey guys, I'm fairly new to Etsy and I'm slowly starting to fill my shop! Right now I've only listed my paper goods, but I want to start listing some of my paintings (on canvas) as well. I've never sold a painting before, and I was just wondering, all you painters out there, how do you package and ship your canvas art? What's the best way to protect the artwork? Average shipping costs?
Thanks!! I really appreciate any help I can get.
Posted at 8:38pm Feb 6, 2009 EST
shipping cost depends on the size. I've never sold a painting bigger than 8x10, if I'm shipping international it goes into a box for sure. But domestic packages I wrap 2 layers of thick brown shipping paper. I brace the backs of larger canvases with corregated cardboard and then double-wrap it with the brown shipping paper.
Larger canvases may require a more extensive process.
I actually wrapped a couple unpainted canvases and took them to the post office for estimates. I live in the midwest so I had them estimate shipping to L.A. and Boston figuring that was far enough away to give me a safe estimate for domestic.
So far it's worked for me.
Posted at 8:48pm Feb 6, 2009 EST
I am working in a much smaller format with Pyrography, so shipping is much more simple. Back when I was shipping larger paintings, I bought my boxes from Uline. You can get great prices there. Also check out a shop called Royal Mailers (or something like that) and compare prices, sometimes they are even cheaper since they offer free shipping.
Posted at 9:23pm Feb 6, 2009 EST
For larger canvases (around 24 x 30) I put cardboard against the painting and then bubble wrap and ship in a mirror box. Smaller paintings and canvas sets I just bubble wrap and put into a regular box. Shipping varies from $8 to $35 depending on the size.
Uline is the best place to get shipping materials.
Posted at 9:50pm Feb 6, 2009 EST