FAQ: How To Ship Unframed Large Watercolor Paintings?

How much does it cost to ship a watercolor painting?

Shipping a painting typically costs between $50-$300 per package, depending on the speed of travel and packing method you employ. Shipping artwork tubes is often cheaper than shipping boxed or crated artwork, ranging between $75-$200 per tube.

How do you pack an unframed painting?

To pack unframed paintings: Wrap the piece in acid free tissue paper. For additional protection against moisture, wrap the artwork with plastic. Fold four pieces of acid-free tissue paper into triangles with one side open, then place the triangles on each corner of the work.

How do you ship a painting safely?

Properly Packaging your Canvas

  1. Cover your entire canvas with packing paper, taping it so that no part of the canvas is exposed.
  2. Wrap the whole canvas in a couple layers of bubble wrap and tape it so that it stays in place.
  3. If you have any more room, tape on another layer of foam sheets for additional protection.

Can I paint a box and mail it?

Flammable or combustible paint and paint-related items are generally accepted for mailing, provided the material can qualify as a consumer commodity material or ORM-D (for surface only), and is sent within the quantity limitations and packaging requirements.

How do I ship a large watercolor?


  1. Back It and Bag It. Place a cardboard backing that’s the same size (or slightly larger) than your painting into a sealable plastic bag.
  2. Use a Mailer. Carefully slide your painting into a rigid cardboard mailer.
  3. Add the Labels. Apply labels on the front of the mailer.
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How much does it cost to ship a painting Fedex?

Small or medium-sized paintings on canvas can be shipped via UPS or Fedex for approximately $10-$50, depending on the size. Declaring value (similar to insurance) will add more to the price of shipping as well. Large paintings that are over 30 inches in one dimension usually cost at least $50 to ship via UPS or Fedex.

What is unframed art?

Unframed canvas means that the artwork is not set into a frame. The unframed canvas art can still be hung on your walls without a frame because the canvas comes pre-stretched and stapled onto wooden bars that create a simple internal frame. Unframed gallery wrapped canvas with painted sides.