Unframed artworks like posters, pictures, paintings, or canvas prints require proper packing techniques to ensure that these delicate items are not torn or folded while in transit. Before doing anything, make sure your hands are clean and dry first. Alternatively, you can wear cotton gloves when touching these pieces. Work on a clean and flat surface and lay out a clean cloth, just like the instructions above.
On the surface, put two layers of glassine and make it a bit larger than the actual shape of the artwork. This will serve as the outer protective layer of the piece. For paper prints, place the artwork face-up (the image facing you) so that when you roll it, the image goes in, and the art is protected.
For artworks on fabric, like canvas or linen, the image should be face down. Roll them with the image on the outside, because this lessens the risk of the material cracking or wrinkling. Cover the artwork with another sheet of glassine. Gently roll it up making sure that you do not fold or wrap the piece too tightly. Secure the roll with artist tape and fold the very end of the tape so that you can take it out easily without accidentally tearing up the prints when you unroll it.
Next, wrap it with bubble wrap. This time, the smooth surface should face inwards. Roll the artwork until you are certain that you can fit this piece snugly inside the poster tube. Gently put the wrapped piece in the tube, seal properly with packing tape and label accordingly.
Additional tips when moving
When the day of the big move comes, place the artwork in a secure place where there is no risk of other things falling over it or it falling over. Also, while it may seem more cost-effective and time-saving to pack several canvases together in a box, it is highly recommended to pack artwork separately.
Packing valuable art might be very challenging but following these steps even without the help of movers, you will be able to do it properly. You do not know the bumpy roads your stuff might go through while in transit so it is always better to be safe than sorry. Packing your artwork securely will definitely be worth the effort when you can hang it in your new home!