1. You’ll receive an email informing you of the sale of your artwork. We will send you full details of the collector including their shipping address. CONFIRM RECEIPT OF THIS EMAIL.
2. We will issue you a Certificate of Authenticity to be signed and mailed WITH the artwork. Blck Prism will provide the template to print. This will be included in our email notification of sale.
3. You will be responsible for packing and shipping the artwork. Please see Packing + Shipping instructions below. We will issue the funds for shipping based on insurance, carrier, and shipping fees. The artwork needs to be packed and ready to ship within 3-4 days of sale. (for international, uniquely shaped, oversized, or overweight artwork, we will work you to coordinate packing and shipping)
4. Once artwork is shipped, please send us the tracking information.
5. When the collector confirms they received artwork in proper conditions, we will issue your payment. After seven (7) days from the date of delivery to your collector, your payment will be sent in your prepared format. You will also receive an email notification to let you know that your funds are on the way.
The safety of your artwork depends on proper packaging materials. Below are some guidelines regarding what packaging materials you should and should not use.
An adequate amount of bubble wrap will provide a surprising amount of protection by distributing pressure and impact across a wide area. Bubble wrap does two important jobs: 1) cushions the art in the event of impact 2) fills empty space, preventing unwanted movement within your packaging.
High quality packing tape
Always buy good quality packing tape keeps package shut throughout transit, keeps moisture out, and requires less.
Acid-Free Archival Paper (Glassine)
Acid-free (archival quality) paper is an absolute necessity when wrapping artwork for both shipping and storage. Archival quality materials are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. Though other types of archival paper are available, we highly recommend that you buy glassine. It’s readily available by the roll from most art supply, craft, or frame stores.
A sturdy support is necessary for safe packaging and storage of all flat artworks. Foam board (also called foamcore) is ideal for this purpose and you can find it at most art supply, craft, or frame stores. Foam board comes in varying degrees of thickness (depending on the amount of protection needed for your work), and can typically be purchased individually or in bulk. We recommend you use foam board of at least ½” thickness.
Cardboard corner protectors
Corners of flat artworks are especially vulnerable to shipping damage, that’s why we require artists to use cardboard corner protectors. You can buy corner protectors ready made at many art supply, moving supply, or frame stores, or you can construct them yourself.
PVC pipe or heavy duty mailing tube
Shipping tubes can be easily bent during transit. That is why it is best for you to seek the strongest possible shipping tubes. If you are using cardboard tubes, we advise that you use a series of 3 tubes in total (2 internal tubes, 1 external tube). We encourage for you to use a PVC pipe if your artwork is especially large. PVC (plastic) pipes are commonly used for plumbing and can be found at your local hardware store. Keep in mind you will need to create the end caps as these are not intended for shipping. PVC pipes have proven to be extremely secure and durable.
DON’T use foam packing peanuts. They're a hassle for those who have to unpack and re-pack artwork. They also settle during shipping and don't provide good protection.
Second-hand filler (newspaper, magazine pages, plastic bags, etc.)
Do NOT use scraps of newspaper, magazine pages, or plastic market bags to package your artworks. These materials don’t provide adequate protection.
Non-archival quality tissue paper for wrapping artwork
DON’T wrap your artwork in non-archival tissue paper. Remember that anything that comes into direct contact with the work must be archival quality (i.e. acid-free, pH neutral).
Garbage bin bags
You don’t want your artwork associated with garbage, so DON’T use garbage bin bags to pack it.
Blck Prism insures all shipments for the amount of the artists’ commission for the sold work. For example, if a work is sold for $1000, the artist is entitled to $650 of that sale (i.e. 65% of the total sale amount). If the artwork is damaged during shipping even though the artist properly packaged the work according to our guidelines, Blck Prism will still pay the $650 owed to that artist.
Should an artwork arrive damaged due to poor packaging procedures, we will deem the shipment non-insurable and we will hold the artist responsible for the damages. We will work with the buyer to have the artwork shipped back for a full refund.
We’ll ask that artists send us photographs of the packed artwork before shipping to help us determine whether or not the packaging is adequate.