We are often asked by our customers the best way to package their prints for shipping, it’s so important to take care so that the item arrives safe and sound. We can never be certain that the parcel will be handled carefully during it’s journey (as much as we hope), so here is our advice….
If possible we like to keep our prints flat as it helps the natural curl of the paper to drop out, although sometimes this isn’t practical for larger pieces. If you prefer to send in a tube, then roll your Art Print in kraft paper, keep the paper larger than the width of the print so it overhangs when rolled, acting as a ‘buffer zone’ whilst fitting snugly against the capped end of the tube. Once rolled attach a piece of tape around the kraft paper so that the contents isn’t too snug in the tube and can be removed easily.
Flat pieces of artwork can be wrapped in a clear plastic sleeve and attached to a sheet of cardboard with masking tape. We like to centre the print on corrugated card with a 2 inch border all around, we sandwich this between three sheets of card, 2 with the corrugation running in the same direction, the other opposite… this helps keep the parcel from being bent or folded and the artwork far away from the edges should it get dropped and dinged.
One last consideration is to choose a mail carrier that offers insurance should your parcel get damaged or go missing in transit; from our experience this happens very rarely indeed, but combined with our packaging tips your customer or loved one will receive your Art Print in perfect condition!