Moving in itself is no simple feat. This task is not made any easier when you’re an artist and the majority of your belongings are fragile and irreplaceable pieces art. Thankfully, like anything else, with the proper precautions set into place, transporting that beautifully hand painted canvas can be done safely and with ease.
Packing Your Art
- Step 1: Wrap art in stretch wrap — This helps to support the structure, preventing any bending or breaking. The stretch wrap will also help to absorb shock during the move as well as help to keep it sealed from moisture or outside weather hazards.
- Step 2: Wrap each piece in bubble wrap to cushion the art from any possible shifts during the move. This will also add an extra seal of protection from outside air.
- Step 3: Find a cardboard box that fits the appropriate size of your art. Fill the extra space with some sort of packing material such as packing peanuts.
Packing Art Supplies
Stretch wrap is going to be your best friend in getting your art supplies moved. Group paint brushes and other materials together by wrapping the handles in the stretch wrap. This will also seal caps on bottles and secure supply boxes. Any larger art supplies or tools such as a pottery wheel should be wrapped more carefully in the same manner as your art.
Moving your Studio
Depending on how much you need to move and how long the process takes you, you may want to consider renting a temporary storage unit. With this you have 24/7 access to everything you choose to pack as well the ability to control the temperature of your items to prevent damages caused weather conditions. One easy moving option is packing a U-Box portable storage unit and having it delivered to your new studio location. You can also rent a vehicle to match the size of your studio and bring your art to its new home yourself! If you plan on shipping any art individually, make sure to label the boxes as fragile! For tips on how to move any furniture you have in your art studio, check out this post on how to protect your furniture during a move.
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