Now for packing the wet painting. Using 3/4″ pink insulation board cut into 3″ wide strips a rectangle is made the same size as the cardboard. This will be the sides of the shipping box. 2″ painters tape is used to secure the corners. We get the tape and pink stuff at Home Depot. Don’t get the white styrofoam insulation because it makes little pieces that will fall into your wet painting. Believe me, we know from experience! Carefully place the box on the outer edge of the cardboard backing.
A three-ply piece of cardboard is placed on the top of the box, being very careful not to let it touch the painting inside. We make the three-ply cardboard by gluing three sheets together.
The top and bottom of the box are taped to the sides at the corners. The box is turned over so the side with the nails is up, we cover that with another sheet of cardboard so the back of the box will be flat.
The box is taped with brown plastic packaging tape, UP arrows drawn on and the shipping label attached. The UP arrows are to insure, we pray, that FEDEX will ship the box upright and not lay it flat with a 75 pound box on top of it! The piece is now ready to be picked up by FEDEX. So….. that’s how we ship a wet piece that is painted to the edge of a regular canvas. Hope this is helpful, please feel free to share the information with your friends. And…. just to let you know. The piece arrived safely in time for Christmas and our collector’s wife absolutely loved it. In fact, she wants me to do one of their two daughters using the same technique! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik
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