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Shipping a painting is always a bit scary, especially if the painting has to cross borders. I usually use normal couriers for international shipments and so good packaging is vital. You simply cannot overpack! More is best.  You must always assume your painting could get stuck at customs, left uncollected at a cold/hot and damp warehouse and stacked up with other big and heavy parcels.  So how do you protect your painting from all this?

One safe way of packaging a painting is to build a wooden crate. I have done this in the past and would do if I think the painting is at particular risk because it is very big, very expensive (and I could not afford a refund) or going particularly far away. But in most cases (knock on wood) a sturdy (double) cardbox box should suffice. So far so good.  

This is how I usually pack a painting for shipping abroad:

Sophie Ploeg Blog Packaging a painting
Sophie Ploeg Blog Packaging a painting
Sophie Ploeg Blog Packaging a painting
Sophie Ploeg Blog Packaging a painting
Sophie Ploeg Blog Packaging a painting
Sophie Ploeg Blog Packaging a painting
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Sophie Ploeg Blog Packaging a painting
Sophie Ploeg Blog Packaging a painting
Sophie Ploeg Blog Packaging a painting

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Sophie is an artist, art historian, tutor, author and blogger. She writes on oil and pastel painting, art history and the life of an artist. She paints portraits and still life and specialises in painting drapery and lace.

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  1. Hi Sophie, thank you so much for this wonderful blog post. I was wondering where you purchase all the packaging for sending a painting in the uk?
    Thanks
    Neil xx

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    1. Hi Neil, thank you! Glad you found it useful. For packaging I buy bubble wrap and boxes generally – from all sorts of places: art materials stores or packaging stores, anywhere online really. I also keep all big boxes I receive and sometimes frame suppliers send those blue frame protectors along – I keep those too of course.

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  2. No comment at this time as I just signed up for the newsletter. I am a new visual artist and I am looking forward to learn from Sophie.

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