How I Packed My Drawing To Ship Halfway Across the World

by Biljana Janković

(Please note: This is not intended to be a complete list of instructions – the complete list can be found here: Flat Packing Small Flat Artworks for Shipping)

When the hard work is done, after the inspiration, the creation, the presentation, documentation, photography and the promotions, when you have forgotten your efforts and your thoughts have drifted to other things, there comes the great message…

The Artwork Is Sold!

What to do now?

Recently, when I packed a drawing to travel to Los Angeles, I followed the steps provided on this website here Flat Packing Small Flat Artworks for Shipping and I took a few photos to illustrate the process.

Biljana Janković. Manuscript 8. 2014. Ink on paper. Private collection.


It is good to cover the front and sides of your work in acid-free glassine paper and create triangle pockets for edges. Use tape to secure it all.


If you have purchased polyester envelopes, then great! If not, you may use High Density Polypropylene sheeting for protection against moisture in the summer or the winter.


Always use bubble wrap with the bubbles facing out…otherwise they may leave imprints on the artwork. 

For everything use packing tape and seal (with a kiss 💋) all areas where water can enter.


Use art board to sandwich the drawing.  Make both sheets appriximately 5 – 7 cm (2 – 3 in.) larger than the artwork.  Tape layers around the sides with only enough pressure to ensure that the artwork cannot move around.


Make the box. All of your artistic hand skills will be tested here, so make sure you approach it with a maximum of care and attention!


Make your “fragile” sign. Do not try to be too creative, just very clear.


I hope this helps you!

Good luck! Spend your well-earned money on some high-quality materials for the next packaging!


Reminder: This is not intended to be a complete list of instructions – the complete list can be found here: Flat Packing Small Artworks for Shipping

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