We artists fully understand the word “schlepping” as we carry our paintings from one venue to another. Most painting carriers are too stiff or just don’t work for us for a number of different reasons.
Carrying your paintings is often a challenge because it is not easy to transport our treasures and to do so carefully. Our paintings are fragile and easily damaged.
When I carry my paintings in for a delivery at a show or a gallery, artists often ask me about my painting carrier – “Where did you get this?” “Can I take a photo?” “I want to make one.”
Curiosity it one of my top values. Throughout my life I have always scanned my world. Often I come upon images, objects, vistas, books, articles, etc., that catch my eye and I integrate them into my life or I share them with others. In this case, my beloved, late mother-in-law found something for me. She showed me a painting carrier that a small country library – Rolling Prairie Libraries – in central Illinois used. Back in the 1980′s this library loaned out framed prints to their patrons. She wondered if I would like to have some of their painting carriers as they were no longer offering this service. I grabbed them happily.
They are made out of a light canvas and were getting dirty the more I used them. I also wanted different sizes. Below you can see several in my storage bin. These are of various lengths and depths though this is not obvious in the photo.
My favorite and most frequently used carrying case is 28″deep x 36″ wide. I use a sturdy rain repellent fabric. Black and blue nylon fabric are my most commonly used fabrics.
Directions for Sewing Your Painting Carrier:
1. Cut out a piece of medium weight sturdy fabric approximately 56″ long by 36″.
2. With a contrasting marker, indicate the center of the fabric on the shorter ends.