Boxing the remainder of my paintings for transit to Phoenix, takes me back to the first time I shipped an oil painting …
Many years ago when my painting “Vinnie” was accepted into the Oil Painters of America Annual Show, hiring a professional packaging company to box up my work seemed like the best choice.
After arriving home with the prepared, boxed, painting, a temptation to open it up set in. How had they protected the painting, what type of packaging materials did they use?
I finally gave in. Carefully cutting the tape, (didn’t want to destroy what I had just paid for), slipping it out onto my work table I saw several layers of bubble wrap. Unraveling the plastic sandwich revealed the surface of Vinnie’s face… pock-marked with bubble imprints! Panic set in.
John and I stood there silent, trying to take in what our eyes were seeing. When we could finally think straight, the deduction was that the varnish had reacted with the wrap. Maybe removing the layer of varnish on the painting would also erase the textured layer. Carefully messaging mineral spirits over the surface eventually removed the marks, restoring Vinnie to his former self.
My lesson… never use bubble wrap next to an oil painting, and…DIY in the future.
In the next post, I’ll share how I make custom bags to protect my paintings in transit…