Avoid Shipping Horror Stories with the right Supplies!

Don't Stress over Damaged Art with the right Art Shipping Tubes and Boxes !

Shipping and mailing artwork can be expensive and stressful. Especially if you've ever received a package looking like this:


Now while this might be a bit exaggerated, shipping artwork safely is a big deal. When you've spent a lot of time and effort on your artwork, it becomes almost impossible to think that something could happen to your artwork while being shipped. However, things do happen, packages do get smashed and tossed around while being shipped and transported. Many professional artists don't have the luxury of getting their art dented or scratched when shipping sold pieces or prints, meaning that taking the proper shipping precautions is imperative. So what's the proper way to store, mail or ship your art to handle everything from rough handed mail carriers to earthquakes? Jerry's is here with all the answers!

The Right Packaging 

What you store your art in before you send it on its way is extremely important to keeping it safe. The brown shipping boxes available at the post office, UPS or FedEx store were not made for artwork and won't properly protect them either. Packing peanuts won't stop your art from shifting in place. Wrapping your art in tissue paper can lead to the tissue paper bleeding onto your artwork and bubble wrap can melt onto your art if it's not properly stored in a cool enough environment. Don't pack your artwork this way and ruin it. For your valuable art, you need the right shipping materials.

For a watercolor, sketch, pastel piece,print, or anything on paper use an archival shipping tube like the Acurit Mailing Tube or the Acurit Colorview Tube.

The Acurit Mailing Tube features a double layered cardboard core for extra protection with round metal disk ends so that the tube wont lose shape, dent, bend or break during shipping. When carrying them by hand or car, they are more than easy to carry.

The Acurit Colorview Tubes are made of a durable plastic for even stronger protection and are see through for quick and easy identification of artwork and also offer UV protection. The Colorview tubes are moisture proof as well and are great for safe shipping. Another great quality of them is that if you were to check them on a plane, they would be more than easy to pick out at baggage. The Colorview tubes also feature a handy and adjustable shoulder strap for easy handling.

Jerry's Artarama also carries unique shipping boxes perfect to mail or ship framed artwork, canvases or frames. ezART Shippers are an easy way to make sure your art arrives safely. Made from a sturdy corrugated cardboard, the eZART shippers sport an inner plastic pocket to hold your framed artwork or canvas snug against a shock absorbing inner piece before being boxed up firmly with plenty of protection. It is easy and simple to assemble and promises to keep your art from shifting around. This two piece shipper is available in four different dimensions and can hold art to 2.5" deep.

Another way to protect your artwork from damage at a very low cost is to get Corrugated Corners for your framed work. These corners will stop art from sliding around the back of a moving truck, stop minor scratches and acts as an easy buffer between other packed pieces of art if you are shipping large amounts of it. They come in bulk packs so they are ideal for galleries, art teachers or art related small businesses. They also only take seconds to assemble so you won't have to stress over time or your art getting damaged.

Insurance and Shipping Tips

While the right packaging can set your mind at ease, it is always helpful to insure your packages when shipping them in order to have your work covered to the value it is worth with minimal loss if the worst should happen. The Post Office, FedEx and UPS all offer insurance policies to protect your art's value. Be mindful however as FedEX will only insure artwork up to $1000 while UPS will insure art up to $50,000.

Another handy tip is to always mail things with clear labels and make sure the inner items have your name and address on them. This is especially important for art shows and gallery showings. If you plan to have your work mailed back to you after a showing, keeping a name and address attached to the artwork will make things easier and almost guarantees that your art wont get lost even if the shipping papers get lost.

For more shipping and handling information on art and helpful products, Check out Jerry's Artarama Art Shipping Supplies Page. Have any helpful shipping and mailing tips yourself? Let us know about them in the comments below.   




Artist Spotlight Reviews-Tuff Stuff Eraser by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

A Review of the Sanford Tuff Stuff Stick Eraser

by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson, artist and art instructor

Elizabeth Gyles Johnson of Wind and Honey Creations is a pencil artist who focuses her art on the delights of life.  Elizabeth teaches the intricacies of drawing at all skill levels to a collection of students worldwide through online workshops and classes at  Learn more about Elizabeth in our featured Artist Spotlight post, and enjoy her examples and drawing process here in the Artist Survival Book.

It might seem odd to be so excited about an eraser.  But as a pencil artist committed to a particular level of precision in my art, I can't get along without my Tuff Stuff Stick Eraser Stick by Sanford Paper Mate.   The Tuff Stuff Eraser is a quality white plastic eraser.

The eraser stick in the Tuff Stuff is only 3.8 mm wide.  This is narrow enough to be able to erase in the tiniest of spots.  And yet wide enough to not compromise on the ability of the eraser to accomplish its task.

The fact that you can return the eraser stick back into the plastic barrel makes it easy to keep the eraser clean.  You can purchase refills for your Tuff Stuff Eraser making it ecologically friendly.  I use mine all the time but have never actually had to use my refills yet. 

http://windandhoneycreations.comI often use my Tuff Stuff Stick Eraser as a white pencil on my graphite drawings.  And I always encourage my students to own at least one.  They are always as excited about their Tuff Stuff Erasers as I am.  Their comment when first using it is usually, "Wow!"  We just can't get along without it.  I own several, keeping one in every pencil pack and drawing station I have. 

 I always keep a small journal and a tiny drawing kit with me wherever I go.  My Tuff Stuff Eraser is an essential part of that drawing kit.  I love my Tuff Stuff Eraser!



Conte' Crayons
Derwent Tinted Charcoal
Soho Urban Artist Colored Pencils
Derwent Graphic Pencil
Creative Mark Blending Stump
Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
Big Triple Sharpener
Reflexions Pocket Journal
Artist Survival Book
Strathmore Bristol Board

Watch as Elizabeth demonstrates a drawing and shows examples of work using the Sanford Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick.



Elizabeth Gyles Johnson purchases all of her artist pencils from Jerry's Artarama because of their customer service and great packing of delicate artist pencils for shipping. Here are some other drawings Elizabeth has done with pencils purchased from Jerry's Artarama.



2014 Charvin Winter Painting Contest Winners

Lets Give a Big Hand to our Winners!

This year, our fans really raised the talent level with more great entries than ever in our 2014 Charvin Winter Painting Contest. For $2,250 in eGift Cards to on the line, we saw amazing talent with Charvin's Extra Fine Oils and Acrylics. To see more entries and our ten honorable mentions, be sure to check out our 2014 Charvin Winter Painting Contest Page!

Announcing our Winners:


First Place Winner

"Who is John Galt"
by Angieszka Bernstein of San Fransisco, CA

"For an oil painter, the quality of paints one works with is one of the major factors in achieving success. For me, Charvin fine oils have been essential in creating great work- their quality is consistent and after being used to them, this speeds up my work process. The pigments are strong, not chalky and they have a great body. The tubes never fail so I've never had any unpleasant surprises with a broken cap that can cause the paint to dry out or spill. I highly recommend Charvin fine oils to students and professionals alike."


Second Place Winner

"Water's Edge"
by Cande Sagan of Hammond, IN

"I have used Charvin's oil and acrylics for all my paintings for years now. I find the quality superior to any other paints and I would never change. I really enjoy the colors and the texture of the paint. I am a fan for life!"


Third Place Winner

"1956 Fin"
by Victor Vicini of Livoinia, Michigan

"I love the Charvin line of extra fine oil colors! The colors are pure and brilliant and I can use most of the straight out of the tube with no mixing. There's already a perfect hue for anything in the universe I want to paint. They also blend well. I will always have Charvin on my pallette."

 Stay up to date on all of our painting and art contests at our Jerry's Artarama Contest Page!



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