4.15.10 We’re Packin’

We are ready to begin packing these two wet paintings. We purchase 3/4″ thick insulation board at Home Depot. The brand shown on the left is good because it doesn’t shed the little white pieces like white styrofoam insulation board does. They can be disastrous if they drop on to the surface of a wet painting.

I cut the insulation board into 8″ strips and start building walls around one of the paintings, taping the corners to the cardboard the artwork is attached to.

The wall is completely built around the first painting, notice how the corners are taped. The insulation board gives a rigid sidewall that will hold the wet paintings apart but is still very light. Since FedEx charges by weight this is extremely  important.

Now we carefully place the second painting on the top of the “Box”.

All is taped and the unit with the paintings is ready to insert into the shipping box. The outer box we are using is 9 1/2″ wide. That is why I cut the sidewalls 8″. If it had been thinner I would have cut the pieces for the sidewalls accordingly. The minimum distance between the wet paintings should be no less than 2″.

On the right we are sliding the paintings into the shipping box. All we have to do now is tape the box shut, put on the shipping label and set it outside to wait for our FedEx driver to pickup. I made tabs with tape on the top of the unit with the two paintings so the client can easily pull them out of the shipping box. All they will have to do is cut the tape at the corners where the cardboard is attached to the pink sidewalls and carefully lift the wet paintings out. Jack’s method is pretty nifty, don’t you think? Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website: http://www.senkarik.com Email: senkarik@senkarik.com

3 Responses to “4.15.10 We’re Packin’”

  1. Janet Zeh Says:

    BRILLIANT!!! 🙂

  2. Gayle Faucette Wisbon Says:

    That is a very neat way to pack wet paintings! Your collectors must love reading this blog and watching their paintings come to life and all the care you put into each one.

  3. Kenna Says:

    Hi, Mikki! Yes, Jack came up with a great shipping idea.

    Does the possible rough handling of the box ever make the wet picture drip or smear?

    Since moving to Ohio, I still have boxes and boxes of stuff in the garage. I have not found the box that has your books in it. When I do, and look through them for ideas, I will contact you about doing a painting for me. I am honored that you will work with me (my budget) on this. I am so excited!

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