I am very lucky to have a garage that is VERY dry and almost dust free which is essential for keeping your art in pristine condition. However, Each and every piece of artwork is still wrapped individually and stored upright to protect both glass and frame. The shelving system I use was purchased from the local hardware store - Bunnings and was cost effective. It has easily adjustable shelf heights, has a chrome finish which is easily wiped clean. The only down side is that the metal shelf is not solid so I therefore place a sheet of thick cardboard on the top of the shelf to give my paintings a little extra protection.
The paintings are placed vertically with their name and number which was allocated to them on my Excel database showing for easy location. When an exhibition opportunity comes around I can see at a glance what I have and can pick out my selection readily.
This is also how I stack my car when transporting my paintings - vertically.
Each painting is wrapped individually in bubble wrap which has been cut to oversize for extra protection. I do not used sticky tape or other tapes to adhere or hold in place instead I use dressmakers elastic. This can be purchased on line from Amazon for under $20.00 for 100 Yards or 91.44 meters in either black or white.
I cut to length 4 pieces of elastic and tie in a knot to make a giant rubber band to hold the wrapping in place. This then wraps around the painting 4 times in 2 different directions to hold the bubble wrap in place. This system ensures a quick unwrap, protects the bubble wrap from tearing (giving longer use) and a quick pack up when the show has finalized.
When unpacking I ensure the appropriate elastic pieces are kept with the appropriate bubble wrap. I fold the elastic inside each piece of bubble wrap leaving one piece out to hold them all together in a bundle. I also ensure that when the bubble wrap is folded the name of the piece can be seen easily allowing for a quick pack up when finished.
Karen King owns and operates Landsborough Art Studio and is dedicated to the sharing and learning principals in all art. Here you will learn snippets and interesting information which I know you will find intriguing and valuable.