Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Shipping a Painting to Mexico

"The Lady with the Yellow Fan" was sold months ago. The client has a condo in Mexico and wanted to take her down south. After much discussion, we agreed that the best course of action would be to take her off the stretcher bars. That way the client can take her on the plane with them. Once they get to their destination, she can easily be re-stretched.

Never having done this before, I was a bit nervous at the start.

1) The canvas is 30 x 40" with a total of 70 staples on the back (yes I counted them).  With a few curse words, and a couple of stabs in the hand with some tools (ouch), I got the job done.

2) On the front I also put down a layer of Reynolds parchment paper. I rolled her up carefully with an old bedsheet for padding.

3) We made a triangular cardboard tube. Tightly rolled up, she easily and securely went into the tube. Did you know it costs less to mail a triangular tube then a round? I guess the idea is that the triangular tube is easier to stack for shipping, while a round one just rolls around.

4) Off to the post office for her journey to Saskatchewan - enroute to Mexico, adding insurance to the package, which will give me a tracking number. 

5) Go to Mexico to visit her (hopefully)

Till Next Time ...
From the Prairies, to the West Coast and Beyond...

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