This weekend I did something I had never done before–shipped a pastel work to friends in California. When I was approached about doing the work, the problem of getting a pastel across the county was my first concern. Pastel are delicate. Once they are done and fixed, they have to be handled with great care until they are put behind mat board and glass.
Internet research revealed several websites with advice on how to ship a pastel piece. I am most grateful to artist Karen Margulis at http://kemstudios.blogspot.com/. She had a detailed entry with steps and links to the types of materials used.
My customer was good enough to fashion a wooden crate just slightly bigger than the finished piece, 19″ x 25″. He shipped it to me, and along with Karen’s advice, we were able to ship the piece out this week. So make sure you seek the advice of other artists!