'HOW TO' PACKING GUIDE, PART 1: step-by-step guide to packing artworks on paper

Red, green and blue abstract painting by artist / painter Claire Desjardins.

As an artist, I understand that each painting is more than just a blend of colors and strokes; it's a part of us that we send out into the world. Whether it’s a vibrant work on paper, a canvas rolled in a tube, or a painting still hugging its frame, ensuring that our art reaches its destination safely is as important as the creative process itself. Here's a simple, yet effective guide on how to pack paintings for shipping, tailored for works on paper.

Works on paper in the studio of abstract artist / painter Claire Desjardins.

Works on paper: preserving delicacy

Materials needed:

  • Acid-free paper
  • Rigid cardboard
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Flat, sturdy box


  1. Protect the surface
    Begin by placing the painting face down on a clean, acid-free paper. This step is crucial for protecting the surface from scratches and other damage.
  2. Sandwich securely
    Next, sandwich the painting between two pieces of rigid cardboard that are slightly larger than the artwork. This creates a protective layer that helps maintain the integrity of the piece during transit.
  3. Wrap for cushioning
    Envelop this ‘sandwich’ in bubble wrap, ensuring all sides are covered. The bubble wrap acts as a cushion against external pressures.
  4. Box it up
    Finally, place the wrapped painting in a flat, sturdy box. Fill any empty spaces with additional bubble wrap or packing peanuts to prevent movement. Seal the box with packing tape, ensuring all edges are secure.

The Space in Between 71 - purple and red abstract painting by artist Claire Desjardins.

In wrapping up our journey through the delicate process of packing works on paper, I hope these steps bring you confidence and peace of mind. Each layer of protection we add is a testament to our respect and care for the art we create and share. Stay tuned, as our next post will delve into the world of safely packing paintings rolled in a tube—a method that combines protection with practicality, ensuring your art stays pristine even when rolled. Following that, we'll explore the nuances of preparing framed artworks for their journey. This series is designed to equip you with the knowledge to send your creations near or far, secure in the knowledge that they will arrive in perfect condition, ready to add beauty and inspiration to their new surroundings.

The Space in Between 67 by abstract painter, Claire Desjardins


Here are quick links to each of my packing series, below.

HOW TO pack guides

  1. Artworks on paper
  2. Paintings on the frame
  3. Paintings rolled in a tube
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1 comment

Thank you a very informative article . Looking forward to more .
Keep rocking ❣️

Winky Kaur

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