Shipping a painting

Well, I didn’t paint today mainly because I was too preoccupied with making a box to ship my painting to the Greenhouse Gallery. I bought a giant box from a box store, but it was too big. So I cut it down and made a top and a bottom that fit into each other.

Lots of meauring and cutting and taping. You can see I had a helper. That’s as far as I got last night.

This morning I decided I needed bubble wrap to pad the painting so back to the box store I went. I only bought the largest size bubble wrap they had, roughly the size of a Texas hay bale, cause it was discontinued and on sale. It’ll last me years. But it was a really good deal. 🙂

We will have other uses for that bubble wrap, my son came home from school, saw that giant roll and asked if he could wrap his sister’s car with it. Hmm. I told him to let me know how much it would take.

Finally, after all the taping and packing, I filled out the forms that went along with the painting, wrote a check for return shipping (in the sad event that it doesn’t sell and has to come back to me) and the package is ready to go. As I type this I’m waiting for the carrier to come by and pick it up. I suppose the more I do this, the easier it’ll get, but for my first time to make a box and pack it, it took a lot longer than I thought. But I’m not complaining, it was kinda fun, and I’m just so thrilled to have a painting in the Greenhouse Gallery that I don’t care how much trouble it is.


  1. March 21, 2011 / 4:08 pm

    Ya got that right, that is such an awesome show and it was worth all the trouble Joan! Plus we all benefit by your sharing the experience, thanks a bunch!! (I bet you will use that bubble wrap faster than you think!)

  2. March 21, 2011 / 4:12 pm

    Hi Diane,
    thanks for the comment! We do have lots of uses for that bubble wrap, my son wants to wrap his sister’s car with it. There’s one I’ll bet you never thought of. I think I’ll add that to the post. 🙂

  3. March 21, 2011 / 11:20 pm

    How exciting! I am so excited for you to have a painting in this show. Thanks for sharing your packing and shipping information. One day I hope to need it!

  4. March 23, 2011 / 9:25 pm


    I’m sure it will be snapped right up… but in a way it will be sad because it is just so …. well it’s YOU!!!

    A beautiful painting!! Well deserved honor!

  5. March 31, 2011 / 2:45 pm

    I am so glad I found your site.I am doing the exact same thing. Painting on canvas tacked to my wall…and getting a painting ready for shipment. I have found my large piece is what I want to do but it is expanding shrinking…with my paint applications…I love the freedoom of not having the canvas stretched or glued down…I can walk all around it and take it outside if I need…well Thanks for your post!!

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