Monday, February 27, 2012

How much does a painting weigh?

It is something we don't take too much notice about until we need to quickly find out how much postage will cost to deliver the artwork you just sold. As a smart business tip and an organisation tool, my suggestion (as I too am learning as my professional career advances) is to have this information readily available.

A while ago, for my own records as my collection grew, I started recording my own art inventory. With this I categorised my paintings in the year created and provided such information as:
~Title, Medium, Dimensions, Price~

As you would any time you submit your artwork in a competition. But the difference is, I have also coded my document to record; Commissioned work, and sold etc. 

Another category I am now adding is the painting's weight and canvas quality e.g. P = poor/cheap to VG =Very good. This is so I know how to price my artwork -less for a poorer quality canvas, but also to remind me of the canvas weigh, as my weighing session concluded cheaper canvas are at least half the weight of more expensive good quality canvases.

So then, how much does a painting weigh? 
Well, as stated above, that will depend on the quality of canvas and the size. Surfice to say, I have not weighed a painting heavier than 3kgs. 
  • A 3kg painting will be very good quality (heavy) timber and approximately 60x90cm in size.
  • Account for a glassed framed artwork to be just as heavy as a good quality canvas, so for my medium sized framed paintings, they weigh about the same, 3kg, as the large good quality canvases.
  • A 600g or 0.6kg painting will be small, cheap and lightweight canvas approximately 40x50cm
  • Canvas boards approximately A4 (size 25x30cm) will weigh about 200g or 0.2kg
In total to calculate cost of delivery will also depend on the pakaging e.g. bubblewrap and cardboard. Couriers tend to go by size not necessarily weight whereas the postal service tends to go by weight. I allow approximately 1-1.5cm on each side of the painting to allow for packaging 
e.g. a 60x90x3.5cm painting could be in total size 63x93x5cm

So how much should I calculate for the weight of the packaging? 
I estimate about 1-1.5kg depending on size

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