Drawing & Pastels
How to Ship your Drawings

How to Ship your Drawings

Keep your work safe during transit!

You have just finished a drawing and now you need to ship it? You’ve never done this before and you wonder if there are any packages for such shipments

As a precaution, you’ve asked your postman, and bitterly noticed that he is unable to answer to this question! I know, I know the feeling of uncertainty and frustration … but don’t worry, I’ve got the solution for your artwork to be shipped safely.

How to Ship your Drawings

1. Cardboard tube

For easier and economical shipping, I’d rather send my artwork on paper carefully rolled in a Cardboard Transportation Tube (especially for larger sizes than A4).

2. Why send a drawing rolled? 

Because in an envelope (even with bubbles or thin cardboard), the paper is not necessarily well protected. Travelling flat, it remains fragile and flexible, and may wrinkle or fold easily. The use of a Cardboard Transportation Tube can hold the roll of paper without bending and protect it during shipping.

3. Materials for packing 

How to Ship your Drawings

4. Step by step

Here are my 2 drawings to ship. “2 Baigneuses”, pencil and gouache on kraft paper, size 50 × 65 cm.
Before inserting them into the tube, I put a crystal paper sheet on each drawing. Semi-transparent and slightly glossy, this acid-free paper protects your artwork (pencil, pastel, watercolor) from possible friction during storage or shipping.
Carefully protected by Crystal paper, I now put the designs on top of each other and I roll them all tight.

Tip: You will notice, Crystal paper is slightly larger than the sheets of my drawings. Do not forget that inside the tube rolls paper can slide, shift and possibly damage the edges. With this trick, the crystal paper who will take the impact and not the drawing.

How to Ship your Drawings
And now, I fit everything into the tube before closing carefully with plastic caps. Ready to travel!
Personally, I always add adhesive to hold the ends securely  to prevent the tube from opening during transport.

How to Ship your Drawings
5. Quality of the tube 

  • Cardboard Transportation Tube
  • Economical and practical
  • Huge selection of lengths and diameters of the tubes
  • Quick release through interlocking plastic caps.
  • Shock absorbing
  • Transports, protects and preserves the creations on paper (available in plastic)
  • Suitable for carrying drawings, prints, photos, maps, posters and other documents (A0, A1, A2, A3)

6. Did you know? 

How to Ship your Drawings
A + B/ Cardboard Transportation Tube + Cover > to avoid some postal fees because the tube can roll.

C/ Shipping Tall Cardboard Box > The high stability allows it to be easily stored, without any postal fee because it does not roll.

D/ Triangle Shipping Box > The shape allows a large document protection or artwork on paper, since it can’t roll.

E/ For shipping small drawings (A4 size or less) > the cardboard envelopes are usually sufficient. If you do not have a cardboard envelope, then use the method called “sandwich” of placing your drawing, between 2 sheets of thick cardboard, inside a paper envelope.

Information for this article was provided by professional fine artist, Amylee Paris. You can visit her colourful portfolio or follow her on Facebook and Instagram

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  • Thanks so much, this is exactly how I do it. I’ve had no complaints from clients but now I’m worried because I’ve been told by a framer that it is very difficult for them to flatten pastel portraits for framing once they’ve been rolled. I’m hoping this just a lazy framer?

  • How do I safely mail out a very large charcoal drawing that is on a hard surface that I cannot roll up?