Here is the presentation of my packaging. I started shipping few years ago and continue to improve my technic to keep the prints safe during an incredible journey around the World.
Once the print is signed and numbered front and back, i insert it into a plastic sleeve with a Drawinside card. (large cards variation i should present on a next post).
To protect the print, i use cardboard sheets : 2 or 3 layers are the best and to get more assurance, i cross the cardboard sheets, so it make the parcel very difficult to bend. (i don't say impossible as there are always someone strong enough to bend it).
Then i insert the package inside the reinforced cardboard brief. Here are some pictures of the packaging process :
I really prefer to print on heavyweight paper but larger prints are hard to roll and unpleasants marks appears when unrolling the print. so i use a lighter paper than can bear roll and unroll operations. It is approx 120gsm paper. Once printed, signed and hand numbered, i roll it with my rolling machine and keep it in shape with customised paper strips.
I put a plastic protection all around the poster to make easy the insertion and extraction of the print inside the postal tube.
Rolling items banned
Postal tubes can't be shipped this way with the postal services : rolling objects can't be flashed or read by camera during sorting process in the postal facilities.
Every rolling object is put aside every time it enters a sorting machine (at least 10 times when shipped locally), and wait for human assistance to read the address and is then routed to the next destination. This can take up to 4-5 more days when shipped at the international, just due to the "rolling" aspect of the parcel.
And they ask for extra money for theses as they need human assistance !
So, what i do is : I insert the postal tube inside a cardboard box slightly bigger, that can't roll. And it's Ready to be mailed ! Here are some pictures of the packaging process:
My name is Pierre-Emmanuel, Artist and creator of Drawinside.