UPS Ground Shipping Deadlines for Xmas/Dec 24th Arrival (please note that this is Shipping Time only! Our standard production time is 3-5 Business Days. We can accommodate a limited number of 2 Day Rush Orders on a case-by-case basis). UPS Orders can be expedited to 2-Day or 1-Day on request, however the pricing for this will be determined based on UPS-rates and may be quite high for print packages.
These are a general approximation of our Shipping Charges, and will vary based on your location and the weight of the package:
We use UPS Ground for most packages, or USPS Priority for smaller mailed items. In the state of Washington, the package usually arrives in one or two days, other locations may take longer. You will also be emailed tracking information by UPS, which includes a delivery estimate. UPS provides daily pick-up from our studio, usually between 11-2pm. If your shipment misses the pickup on a certain day, it will go out on the next business day.
These shipping times are in reference to transit time only, and don’t include production time. It takes us 3-5 Business Days to create and package your prints. We take a limited amount of Rush Projects (with additional Rush fees) on a case by case basis. You can also upgrade to a faster than Ground UPS Option – we will calculate the cost based on the size and weight of the finished package.
Small items and stacks of multiple prints are shipped flat, and larger prints and un-stretched canvases are shipped in tubes. We base our shipping prices on UPS Rates, with a small surcharge for packaging materials. Most print orders are between $15-$25 to ship (including packaging) however large orders and finished canvases may be more. When your order is finished, you will receive an invoice from us which includes the shipping charges for your order. After we receive payment for the order, it is shipped out.
Don’t be afraid to ship us your original artwork! Artists are understandably concerned about shipping their original artwork for scanning, but with proper packing, care and tracking, there’s nothing to be worried about. In today’s world we can track a package real time and know exactly where it’s at, eliminating some of the stress associated with shipping valuable items.
Original artwork should always be double boxed. In other words, a box within a box, usually with popcorn/newsprint/insulation between them. This way if a box is mishandled or dropped in shipping, the artwork is sufficiently protected. Always mark the outside of the box as fragile. Insulation foam-sheets (available at Home Improvement stores) makes for safe and inexpensive packaging filler. Cut the sheets down to the dimensions of your inside box, and use it to surround wrapped artwork.
Finally, use paper, wax paper, or plastic and packing materials between pieces of artwork. Don’t stack originals on top of each other without something separating each one. Be careful to use materials that won’t stick to the artwork! For example, some types of paper can stick to varnish, so shiny oil or acrylic paintings should be separated with plastic or foam. Watercolor and drawings can be separated with acid free paper. DO NOT use bubble wrap directly on the surface of a painting! Without a barrier to protect the artwork, Bubble Wrap can very easily leave marks on the painting!
Framed artwork should have glass removed before shipping. Glass increases the chances of damage, and we need to remove the artwork from behind glass in order to scan it anyway. Some artists ship work to galleries with acrylic plexiglass instead of glass, which is much safer during shipping (but would still need to be removed for scanning).
For most smaller artwork, any shipping carrier works equally well. UPS Ground, Fedex Ground, or USPS Priority mail are all often comparably priced and can include insurance up to a certain value and tracking information. For larger crated artworks (above 150lbs) you may need to find a freight company instead. One method some artists have used is to ship directly through an airline (for example Alaska Airlines Cargo offers direct airport to airport shipping). However for this method the artwork needs to be dropped off and picked up at the airport, and does not include ground transportation. If this is a method you are considering please email us directly for a quote first, we would need to charge delivery rates for picking work up for you.
There are also specialized art shippers that deal exclusively with fine art, however these services can get very expensive compared to handling the process yourself.
Note: All shipping charges are paid for by the client and include:
Please consult the websites below to estimate shipping rates:
Original art will be returned in its original packing. If repacking is required we may need to charge you a small materials fee. Shipping is billed at cost + 10%.
We will always try to use the most economical shipping method possible, taking into consideration the time-frame in which you need to receive your artwork and giclée prints. We use UPS and on occasion USPS to return artwork and ship print orders. If you have another shipping company you would prefer, please include a return label with your original shipment. We will contact you to make arrangements for pickup if it is a non-standard shipping company.
We strongly recommend packing original art in a packing box that cannot be bent easily. Original artwork should be packed with acid free paper covering the face of the artwork, and if possible it should be wrapped inside plastic inside the box. Make sure the artwork or film is also surrounded
by bubble wrap.
Note that prints, especially canvas prints, should not be packed with bubble wrap directly contacting the artwork. Bubble wrap has a chemical in it that interacts with the UV coatings on the canvas and will leave a permanent mark. The same is true of wood furniture with varnish. Instead wrap the artwork in butcher paper and then a layer of foam, or popcorn.
Properly label the package so the shipper is aware of the fragile contents:
When shipping finished (stretched) giclée canvas, we highly recommend taking care to pack it with soft packing around the face and sides of the print. We find bubble wrap to do the best job. The problem is that the giclee canvas prints are delicate. Any pressure on the face will leave a dent, and the corners and sides ding easily. All that being said, once they are hanging in their final destination they are quite durable and will last a lifetime. But care should be taken in getting them to their final resting spot.