Hey everyone! I recently shipped my first painting overseas – the piece Metropolis -(international artist now, better recognize) from the United States to Singapore. In this video, I’ll talk about the costs and the materials I used to ship.
I shipped a 24” by 36” by .8” canvas painting from Arizona, USA to Singapore via USPS.
Materials – $60, but I had leftover materials for another item.
Shipping – $98, but included shipping insurance to cover the item.
FedEx quoted me $550 to ship, and UPS quoted my over $700. All for the same item.
I shipped my painting in a sturdy cardboard box. I got the box from Uhaul for about $5. I used a mirror box that was 37” by 27” by 4”, which was slightly bigger than the painting itself.
I wrapped the painting in pallet wrap, then wrapped it in cardboard, then one layer of small bubble wrap, then large bubble wrap, with a sheet of cardboard on each side of the painting to fill the gaps in the box. I also taped over every seam so moisture wouldn’t get in the box.
+++ Materials Used to Ship
– Sturdy Cardboard box
– A spare box that I cut to size to create a skin over the painting
– Pallet Jack Wrap (professional grade plastic wrap, got it at Uhaul)
– Two sizes of bubble wrap
– Good Packaging tape (don’t go cheap!)
Hopefully this helps!
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hey guys Coty Schwabe here and today in this video i just want to talk to you about shipping international i my experience with i haven’t been paying very long only a few months and I actually just shipped my first just sold and ship my first international painting about not last week well no yeah so today is Sunday so not last week but the week before okay and I want to just talk to you about the experience that I had doing that some of the things I learned in doing it to maybe pass along to someone who is looking to sell are internationally and just some of the things I learned some of the like the experience and going through that and how I actually did it to to accomplish that goal okay so first off let’s talk about the prices okay I’m actually going to sit down there’s a lot of I actually have some packing supplies behind me that I’m going to show you so let’s talk about the prices okay the painting that I sold was two foot by three foot so here in the US I don’t know where you’re watching this video but you know it was 24 inches by 36 inches so 2 feet by 3 feet I so the prices for that when I went to a checked three different places for pricing okay so because I’ve never shipped internationally I wasn’t sure what the pricing was going to be and I sold that painting for over two hundred dollars okay to just keep that in mind so therefore about 225 for a 2×3 now when I on my website as an incentive to sell because I’m not very well known I included free shipping because it wasn’t used to selling internationally so I didn’t know what those fees works so I was like you know what all right here’s what I’ll do I’ll sell paintings also my paintings and I’ll include shipping for free so that I can at least learn the process okay so that’s why I did it I’m not suggesting you ship for free I’m only telling you that I did it to get the experience to do it I was like okay if I have to eat the fees that’s fine even though I I’ll tell you why I was worried about it in a minute but I was like okay I’ll just eat the fees and you know that way I can learn the steps like I wanted to to the process so this was the perfect opportunity okay so let’s get down to prices so this again this was a 2×3 painting and it was 3/4 of an inch thick so as point eight inches thick now this one right here is actually that one is also 3/4 of an inch and then this one behind me this big one and then this one over here are also our one and a half so one and a half’s kind of the standard and that’s kind of the probably the direction I’ll go from here on out but you know when I was learning through paint and you know the painting that I sold was one of my earlier gloss enamel paintings called metropolis and that’s one of my Pollock style paintings it’s actually the first public style painting I did so I’m actually really really surprised that so I’m really proud of it so anyway getting it in pricing alright so the painting weighed about I want to say three pounds I think was like three to four pounds total with paint and everything on it okay and then again it was 2×3 with point eight inches so I actually didn’t end up shipping the painting my wife actually shipped it out but I went through the process before it actually got shipped so I took that painting and the first place I went to was you yes and I told them my painting and you know I called them and I looked up the pricing for a pain in its eyes and – sorry the painting I soul was to someone in Singapore so from the u.s. to Singapore okay so well I put in my dimensions for ups and I asked them for a quote that quote came out to be $700 and I was like well I was definitely not expecting that and I should have charged a lot more for shipping if that was the case and I was charging you know $700 for shipping whoa so that was obviously shocked to me when I only made two something off the painting I was like whoa dude I started just seeing red so it’s like okay you know what let’s try FedEx someone to FedEx and they were trying to give me a box that was like 10 inches bigger on each side and they told me that this is the best box they had and if the painting was gonna be suspended and you know perfectly protect no there’s other jazz and like I think the weight came out almost a 12 pounds or something I think and they they quoted me 550 and I was like dude five hundred and fifty dollars is insane I was like how can you guys justify these prices but then the lady at FedEx shoes she was really nice and she was trying to help and she told me she’s like you know you’re paying for convenience so when you sell it you know via FedEx or UPS you know generally that thing is going to reach that destination at about three days you know someone’s like three to five so I was like okay I guess that makes sense you know because like you know they’re you’re paying for that convenience all right so I by this time I was almost defeated okay so I talked to UPS talked to FedEx and they were telling me you know at least over $500 and I was like it was bothering me because I don’t have a lot of money to sink into it you know I have to pull from my own personal money to pay that and I was like okay last resort I have is USPS and I’m sure we can get a cheaper but I wasn’t sure like what the shipping policies were I wasn’t sure what the weight limits were with the size limits were if they would even ship to Singapore from the US like from USPS the United States Postal Service and I saw I was worried about that and I was like you know what they’re probably gonna be cheaper if they ship it but it’s probably still going to be hundreds okay so we packaged the painting ourselves and we took it to USPS and we shipped it out through USPS so overall that painting ended up with it with shipping insurance ended up being less than a hundred dollars to ship okay so I think it came out to like 96 97 something something like that so just just under $100 and I think the painting weighed 8 pounds after everything I think it was under 8 pounds actually so you know we shifted ourselves we shipped it through the local post service and it still reached that destination in about five days not five business days five days I shipped that painting on a Friday and they had it in their house I think like Tuesday or Wednesday of the next week so within I think it was like five or six days not even get on even six days so and that was over a weekend too and they got that painting I think it was by Tuesday or Wednesday so my point is is like I was worried about it because I’ve never shipped internationally and I’m seeing these prices and I’m like dude to ship a painting it’s so expensive it can’t be done but it did so it and it worked out they they sent me an email thank you we received it you know thanks so much so it worked out okay so the pricing of my painting to ship a two foot by three foot came out to just under a hundred dollars with shipping insurance of the value of the item okay and that was my experience so the reason I’m telling you that so you kinda have a baseline so I haven’t shipped anything else internationally at this point so I couldn’t give you prices on other ones now a few other things that I learned from the USPS first off is that if you know if you’re going to ship that way which is the most economical and it worked out for me and I was so happy I was so excited I still profited I don’t want to say it spent me like it spent half because there was other taxes and fees that went into selling the painting and I had to buy the supplies the ship and all this other stuff so I didn’t make and I didn’t just net you know 107 dollars it was actually less than that but still I made a profit after all that was said and done so anyway hello so some of the things I learned one that the most of the cost and shipping up an item comes from the weight not the size so apparently the weight of the item is the biggest part of it not the actual not the the dimensions of the box now the other thing I did learn was that I think the dimensions at least for here in Arizona I don’t know if this applies to anywhere else in the US for the world for whatever for me I think that dimensions I want to say the max dimensions were 48 by 79 which is huge because I actually want to sell more rectangular paintings like long rectangular so I want to get more into you know like three by five or three by six because I love the way that those still with space by the couch so anyway so that’s just something to keep in mind so for me I don’t know if this is the same for you but the max dimensions for a box was 40 48 by 79 so so those are some of the things I learned in shipping this painting and they got the painting just fine and you know it worked out for me so that is that was my experience I was super stressed like that I was gonna be able to ship it I was gonna have to refund them and I didn’t want to do that I wanted to be professional wanted to get that painting out to them okay so that is the pricing part of it so just those are those were the prices for me obviously the I can’t guarantee those will be that in the future or for your item but just as an idea you know shipping via UPS was seven times the price and FedEx was about five times so yeah but again you pay for convenience even though they still got it really fast okay so let’s talk about how we ship this bad boy there’s two main methods you can ship a painting that I’ve seen and that I’ve known done and I don’t know if either way is right wrong you can kind of do whatever you you can mostly based on the materials available because they’re almost are almost the same thing but I guess I guess they’re not so about half of the steps of the same so let’s talk about how we shift it so let me actually grab a painting real quick I’ve got a few up on this I actually like store a bunch of paintings up on this short wall that I have in my house so let’s talk about the painting itself okay so this is actually a piece that I’m going to be sending out to someone so there’s two ways to do this okay so first off you can take this painting that you have and sorry you can take this painting that you have and you could put it you can wrap it with foam so you can take this painting and you can cut foam to match the the size of the painting and put foam on both sides of the painting and then you can tape that down so that it’s almost like a sandwich of that paint like you know so you have foam now I would not use this foam the only this is actually just regular styrofoam I would not use regular cycle it will apart okay the only reason I’m showing you that is to get an idea of foam because I don’t have any more and this is all I had available for the video so it’s not styrofoam it’s a foam that you can get from like a home-improvement store that’s denser that doesn’t just like crumble like styrofoam does but it’s thick like this because this foam right here is like I think it’s an inch thick so it’s super thick but it’s really lightweight and it’s going to protect the size of the painting so you pull it you cut the the foam out to the shape of the painting and then you put foam on both sides and then you tape that out and you can cut the foam a little bit bigger than the painting itself or you can wrap the painting in like like was a glass of nine paper or something like that you know you can wrap it in something like that or so you can use a you know actual professional grade saran wrap and then you can put the plastic around and tape it to that and then once you’ve done that then you’re going to take some cardboard so like some spare cardboard or you can cut a box and what you’re going to do is you’re going to take that same way that you made and then put you’re going to put the painting so you here so you would put this painting down and then say that this was the cardboard you would actually score the sides of the cardboard and you’d cut it big enough that you could wrap this around this and make it into like almost like you’re folding a blanket around it right so you would fold all the sides and then you tape that closed so it’s nice and tight so it’s secure so that box is like a little carriage like a lot like like like a suit or something out on a suit of armor around that painting and then once you have that then you’re going to take your box right and you’re going to you’re going to take that cardboard sandwich and you’re going to wrap it with bubble wrap you can use big wrap you can use small bowl wrap depends on the size of the painting and if you’re trying to fill the box like if you have some space in the box I recommend using that big bubble wrap because it’s going to fill up the space it’s super lightweight obviously and then and then you’re just going to keep wrapping the painting so once you have this painting you know either in the sandwich or what you can do is instead of doing the foam you can just wrap it in like like I got this it’s professional-grade saran wrap or like pallet pallette wrap I think is what it’s called you can use pallet wrap right so you wrap that around the painting you start on the back you you know you just hold it down then you wrap it real tight you don’t want it to be loose you don’t want it to I mean you don’t want to crush the painting but you want it to be firm right so that it’s not wrinkled and pushing into the painting itself so you wrap it in the wrap and then you either put the foam on it or if you don’t have the foam you can’t get it then just do the cardboard and make that little suit of armor make it tight you know cut all the the edges so that when you fold all the sides like they line up and it makes it you know very flat very flat and then once you have it wrapped either in the phone with the cardboard or just the cardboard from that point the rest is just bubble wrap just tons of bubble wrap wrapped around that painting you can tape it you know to the cardboard and then you just wrap it over and over and over again and just wrap it you know both directions to fill the space in the box so that when you push it into that box it’s not going to move around okay so and then something that I had to kind of figure out was how how was I going to ship this painting right how am i what box am I going to use am I going to make a box am I going to you know try to find a big box and cut it down you know I could not find any boxes to fit the painting like like exactly right because that’s you almost have to have them made or you have to like go on specific websites and I was like I don’t have the time for that because I I promised I’d ship in mountain five days so I only have five days to get a box to get all the supplies to get this bad boys ship they bought it on a Saturday and my my policy on my site is five business days so I should fit on on Friday so like I was within my five days I wanted to be a man of my word I wanted to be honest so what I ended up using was one of these bad boys okay so if you look this is a 36 by 4 inches deep and then 27 inches long perfect dimensions right because it was 36 inches long the box is only one in bigger it was 24 inches wide this box is 27 and the only kicker was that it was four inches thick right no that’s what she’s not going to go there but so his 4 inches wide so that was the only challenge right because with the painting wrapped in the cardboard and everything it still only came out to a little over an inch so I had about three inches I had to fill so here’s what I did basically what I did was I like I said I wrapped it in bubble wrap so I wrapped it in small bubble wrap first to kind of protect the painting and I wrapped that inward so that the bowls are facing that and then what I did was I took big bubble wrap the bigger ones and wrapped it the other way so that the bubbles are on the outside and then I just wrapped it in a lot of big bubble wrap too to really make it fill that space of the box okay so you know basically I wrapped it long way like I wrapped the the painting like this one like along that way with with the big bubble wrap and then I just kept going over it over the sides so that when it’s sat inside this box you know there’s a gap here but when I set the painting in there because because I had wrapped it with so much over up like when I set it in there was actually really snug and then lastly all I did was to to make sure to kind of like give it a little bit extra protection I actually used a big I actually used a box bigger than this to actually use the cardboard to wrap it you know and so what I did was I just cut cardboard pieces that were about there were about the size of the box and just put those in the sides of the box so it basically like inside the box there was like a sheet of cardboard and then the bubble wrapped painting and then another sheet of cardboard just to give it more protection and then lastly there was a little bit of a gap on the top so I actually just cut strips of cardboard that were this wide like this wide I just set them I just cut long strips and just set them on top to kind of fill the space of the painting wouldn’t move up and down and then that was it and then I shipped it and they got it and I said everything was cool so that’s pretty much it guys that’s that’s that was my experience shipping my first international painting you know it may not be for everyone but it was super exciting for me and it was also a learning curve and I read a lot of different articles about it and you know what you can read on everything but like you just have to do what works for you so if you’re if you really need more help on shipping a painting just look it up on Google and YouTube you can find ways to ship paintings but that’s how I did it and it seemed to work out so yeah that’s it hopefully you guys found this video super informative if you did please like rate share comment subscribe all that cool stuff right and you know share with someone else who you know as an artist or someone like that may benefit from this video because again I’m not a professional but I have shipped overseas now so that’s pretty cool and hopefully this information will benefit someone else I’ll catch you guys in another video have a great day