Packaging of artworks on paper
Whether it is sent flat or rolled in a transport tube, the artwork on paper is protected by acid-free glassine paper. This sleeve is then hermetically sealed in polyethylene film. For large pieces, I add a cardboard backing behind the work. This allows the paper to be handled without “breaking” it. In printing, these unintentional folds are called “moons” because of their curved shape. For this reason, the paper should always be held with both hands, with gentle movements and flexible fingers.
For flat shipping, the artwork, its invoice and its signed certificate of authenticity are slipped between two rigid foam sheets. These two sheets form a sandwich sealed on all four sides with wide adhesive.
The foam board is a panel of expanded polystyrene covered with coated paper. I use 1 cm thick. It has the advantage of being very light and resistant to folding.
If the paper and the paint layer of the artwork are thin enough, I send the artwork rolled in a transport tube, also by Colissimo.