We are often asked by our customers how we package fine art prints for shipping , so we’ve prepared a short list of photos showing the process.
So far as we sell our own prints not only from our gallery based in Prague also on-line almost 15 years we have a lot of experience in this: how to put one of our prized prints into the postal sistem. Having shipped hundreds of the prints to all corners of the globe , we've come up with a pretty good system for rolling and packaging our fine art prints which we are going to share with you.
The photos bellow are pretty much self explanatory , but we are going to walk you through in more details as well , to ensure that everything is clear.
Here to start with a picture of the tubes that we use. The thing to note when you try to source a shipping tube is to ensure that they are sturdy enough to not be crushed in transit.. We had a one issue when we first started shipping prints, but since finding practically the resolution of all the special moments, we've not had an issue.
The tubes we use are 70mm & 80mm in diameter and they need to be pretty wide, so that we don't have to roll the print too tightly. This is important as we are using heavy fine art paper that cankink when you roll it if you try to get it too narrow.
The short tube here is the one you see on the photo is 440 mm , the tall tube is 620 mm. The plastic caps on each end of the tube by about 10 mm each. This is usually enough for standart ( A1, A2, A3) size prints we offer. If there is a special order for bigger size print we use a 1000 mm tube with an additional tube of smaller diameter inside on which we roll a paper print before to put it in the bigger one.
Before we roll the print , we place a piece of facing paper over the printed area to protect it. For this we usually use an acid-free soft paper.
We roll the print with the printed area facing upwards. This not only protects the printed area better, it also roll the paper the opposite way to it's natural roll , so it essentially de-curls the paper after being given time to lay flat when opened at the customer end.
Inside of the tube you'll find the Certificate of Authenticity for this fine art print also.
We roll the print smaller than the tube of course , so you can easily get it from the tube.
It seems enough for now , so next time we'll show the rest : the preparation of the tube with your print incide for shipment .
Live with art, it's good for you!