This is how I pack pastel paintings. I have had no issues with this method, the artwork arrives at the destination safely and in perfect condition. Here you can see the creation of the double dog portrait
The main thing about posting pastel artwork is that for the piece to arrive in the same condition it leaves your studio it should be flat packed. I know some artists roll them in tubes with great success but after spending many hours on my art I would rather pay extra and post it this way. This piece is 12×16 inches so for extra sturdiness it was mounted with archival cream mountboard. This will add stability to the artwork during posting. Even better when it has a backing board but on this occasion I didn’t have one.
I use cellophane bags to put the mounted artwork in. People often comment about static but I use pastelmat which grips the pastel like glue so very little is shifted.
I also pull the cellophane bag as tight as I can, even though they are usually self sealing I do retape to ensure the surface over the top of the pastal painting is tight, this way it will not actually touch any pastel.
As this was a larger sized portrait (16×20 inches when mounted) I used foamboard, also known as foamcore which is quite inexpensive and can be reused. I only had A3 foamboard at the time so I put two together cutting off the excess to fit the mounted artwork. For stability I created a top and bottom for a foamboard sandwich. I make sure the joins are not at the same place by just turning one side around as shown, this will ensure there are no weak points and the foamboard will stay rigid during posting. For smaller pieces I use corrugated cardboard and ensure the corrugate of top and bottom of the sandwich is at right angles to each other, again this will make the sandwich very sturdy.
I tape the pastel painting down to one piece of foamboard. I use framers tape as it is easily removed after delivery without too much hassle for the client. I simply put the other piece of foamboard on top and tape down securely. The idea is to ensure there is no movement within the sandwich, this will prevent any static and will keep the artwork safe between two rigid walls.
Lastly I used a plastic parcel bag to keep the artwork dry during transit. For smaller pieces I’ve used jiffy bags too. The bubbles inside are made of plastic and also provide a waterproof barrier.
I have posted to Australia from England using this technique without any issues and these materials are all very light to help keep postage to a minimum.
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