If you’re an artist, you probably have many ways to keep your tools and supplies safe when you aren’t using them. We clean our brushes carefully after each paint session, wrap up charcoal to keep it from breaking, and store paper in flat boxes to keep it from being torn or bent. But when you’re facing a move, it’s a little overwhelming to think of ways to protect all those things during transit and get them safely to your new home. Tons of tiny, fragile tools and sketchbooks, supplies that will melt or turn runny when exposed to heat…it’s enough to cause some major anxiety.
With some careful planning, however, it’s possible to keep all those things protected so they can be transported easily to your new place, reducing your stress and worry at the same time. Here are some of the best tips on how to do just that.
Invest in some good containers
It’s important to start with the right tools when you’re packing, so make sure you have a variety of different-sized containers to start off with. Use small, sturdy boxes to hold pencils and other drawing tools; large, flat boxes for paper; portfolios or hard poster tubes to keep finished work safe; and lots of tape and bubble wrap.
If your supplies need to be temperature-controlled, pack them in a styrofoam cooler to keep them well insulated. This is a good trick to employ if you’re moving in the summer and your supplies will be making the trip in the back of a hot moving van.
If you’re making a move via plane, pack your paint tubes in clear resealable bags inside a suitcase. Not only will this help make things easier for airport security, it will protect your other belongings in case pressure changes in the plane cause the tubes to burst.
If you have large paintings that will need to make the move with you, think about shipping these directly to your new home so you won’t have to worry about bringing them in the truck or on the plane. Pack these in sturdy crates or boxes, carefully wrapped up.
Enlist the help of a trusted friend
It can be difficult to put all your trust into a total stranger, even if they are moving your furniture and other belongings. Artwork and supplies mean a lot to the artist they belong to, so it’s understandable if you don’t want to send them with the movers to your new place. If you don’t have room in your vehicle, enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member and ask them to bring the items in their car.
As an artist, it’s important to you that your artwork and your supplies make it to your new home in good shape. While this can be a source of stress, it really doesn’t have to be if you take the proper precautions.
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