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Transporting & Carrying Art Materials

The Best Ways to Transport Your Priceless Art

What does it mean to be an artist? Writer? Actor? Singer? Each of these art forms allows you to express who you are. "Artist" is such a broad term it can be used to mean any of these. Art is a form of expression, and usually carries a connotation relating to the Fine Arts field.

This is not always true, however. In general, Fine Arts content is non-fiction. We say there is much more to art than works of fiction. Two forms I can think of off the top of my head include drafting and writing. Actors who participate in a screenplay based on a real story still fall into the fiction category. This also holds true for creative writers who base their work off of true stories. While most professional drafting is done with the assistance of computers, drafting by hand is still an art form. I remember taking a drafting and engineering class in high school where every drawing was made by hand. I may not remember some of the techniques I was taught 15 years ago, but I remember the experience. Drafting by hand is an art form that should not be forgotten or replaced by computers.

Nonfiction writing is an art form that is often overlooked. The time it takes someone to produce an article, eBook, essay, or report is often taken for granted. Choosing the right balance of words to communicate a message effectively is not something everyone can do. Likewise, most art forms often elude everyone but the most adept of people.

With the exception of the digital world, how do you safely store priceless works of art? Most art, including writing, cannot be duplicated easily. It is a heartbreaking experience to find out that your piece got ruined while carrying it with you. Nothing is more satisfying or gratifying to an artist than to share their art with the world and have it appreciated.

Different storage and transport mediums apply to different situations. If you are packing and shipping pieces of art from an art gallery, your methods to safely transport art might apply to large freight trucks, but if you're a student, you will want to carry your art with you.

There are a great many more methods to bringing your art around wherever you go than there are methods of shipping them in a truck. Your art is a part of who you are. Every artist is expected to find and utilize the best methods to protect their pieces. The last thing you want to do is discover by trial and error. This method places your art at risk. Instead, common sense coupled with educated research will bring to light the best ways to protect and transport that which you create.

There are several different ways to carry you art with you. An artist's portfolio is usually large enough to carry your art with you. These look like large, flat briefcases with a handle on one side. These can be made out of paper, plastic, plastic mesh, or even cardboard. Personal budgets and the value you place on your art each plays a role in deciding which medium is best for you.

The type of art can often determine which one is best for you. If you are transporting loose sketches that were made with pencils, mesh bags might fit the bill. The only inherent design flaw you might experience with these is moisture. Mesh bags will serve you well to protect your art, but if you must carry your art from the classroom or office to the car in the rain, this material may place your art at risk.

Paper portfolios fare better than mesh in the rain, but not by much. These containers are made from thick cardstock often coated with a thin waxy coating. These provide little to moderate protection from the elements. These will serve you well as long as their exposures to the elements are minimized.

Some forms of art might do better in tubes. Tubes can be used for art pieces where the material is pliable, like paper, but cannot withstand creases or wrinkling. To use a tube, take your piece and roll it from one end. It provides a compact way to protect it without risking creases. Tubes have a prominent place within the art communities. You might choose one that has a strap for carrying them on your back. Others, particularly the thick cardboard ones, are ideal for mailing. If you run an art studio with an online store, you might stock up on these tubes to send to customers.

Plastic tubes work exceptionally well for general contractors. These people carry around building plans on pieces of paper that measure so large that rolling them up provides the safest way to protect them all. A complete set of construction plans can quickly reach over 150 pages. They contain such exquisite detail that the pages must be large to include it all. The plastic tubes often have a lid for securing them. Rain is not the only element these durable little tubes protect against. Dust, dirt, and common construction materials like paint come to mind.

There are situations where neither the briefcase design nor the tubes would be ideal. The luggage on wheels design would much better serve people who produce art for a living, a serious art student, or even an art professor. These amazing little carts are designed in a similar manner to the paper or mesh briefcases but sport a hard, plastic cover, a telescoping handle, and wheels for maneuverability. People often store their art supplies in these cases. These handy cases are ideal for more than just students. The luggage design will protect your art from the bumps of the road whether they get thrown in the trunks of vehicles or intercity tour buses. You will often see this carrying tote at art shows and trade exhibits.

From every perspective, art goes beyond cookie cutter standards into a realm where great care must be taken to protect the pieces you work hard to create. Transport and store your art carefully. Even if you only paint for yourself as an escape from the world, your art, your expression, and your creativity is an extension of who you are. Take a look around, and make sure you choose the very best storage cases to protect them, and by extension and association, you.

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