Did you take part in our painting swap this month? Or maybe you have an Etsy store or sell your paintings online. In this tutorial and video, I will show you how to package your paintings to send in the mail, using DIY custom packaging that works for any size.
Foam core board sheets
Brown paper on a roll
Clear packing tape
Sharpie marker for writing the address
I’ll be making a custom sized box from the foam board which exactly matches the painting. It’s quick and easy, although I suggest taking a bit more time than I am doing here in the video to make a really nice finish. Presentation is an important part of your art sale as well of course, as the safety of the painting while it is in the mail system.
If you want to forego the custom packaging, you can also buy these ‘book mailers’ which are just like the packaging your book comes in when you buy from Amazon. Its heavy duty, has extra built in corner protection, comes in lots of sizes. Simply fold it, peel back the tape and stick. Really quick and simple and depending on the size and how many you buy in a pack will most likely be even cheaper than making your own.
As you gain experience shipping your paintings, every once in a while you may receive a request for a refund (even if it is no fault of your own). Take a look at The Ins and Outs of Returns and Refunds to learn how to best handle these situations.
Book mailers (book wraps if you are in the UK) on:
If this was pretty fun and you want to safely mail more of your paintings then try selling on Letgo. Inside this article we clearly define what letgo is and how you can use it to sell more of your paintings.
After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.
You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.
6 thoughts on “How to Safely Mail a Painting (Packaging Guide)”
Great idea! I’ve made my own boxes out of cardboard flats, but this is better!
You are so good at giving use great directions…Thank you so much!!!
how would wax paper work instead of tissue paper?
I’ve never tried it but I hear glassine paper or butchers paper also works well. I suggest packing up a test painting, leave it a few weeks and then see what happens when you unwrap it. You don’t want to risk the packaging creating a mark on the varnish.
As always Deby a very worthwhile video. Your knowledge is priceless. Thanks for sharing. ~ Kathy
The tissue paper doesnt stick to it?