First, you must decide whether to ship the work framed or unframed.
This will help determine what type of packaging to use. The
best way to
reduce the cost of shipping is to select wrapping material
reduces the total weight.
If you ship a pastel framed under glass, it often costs more than the
painting itself, especially when you ship internationally. Instead of
wooden crates, try using mirror boxes which are lined with styrofoam.
They offer more protection and less total weight. You can get them from
your local furniture store. Don't forget to put strips of tape onto the
glass...just in case!
For more information on shipping, see the Shipping Tips Tutorial on
If you decide to ship your pastels unframed, Canadian company
'Specialty Arts Distributing' offers a non-static, 'Crystal Clear
Artwork Bag'.For information, visit their website:
The final step is picking a delivery method. Canada Post is inexpensive
and quick, but the box will have to be picked up at the other end.
Apparently, UPS offers an excellent service, and will crate your work
as well. Insurance is another cost to consider, however, if you're
willing to risk going without it, we know at least one gallery who has
used UPS to ship over 100 paintings, breaking only one piece of glass
so far with no damage to the portrait.