Hi AMIEN folks!
First time here!
I have a question related to the rolling of an oil painting for shipping that is just touch dry and currently stretched. I'm sending a large 60" x 24" painting from Sydney, Australia to NY and as such the crate size required and cost is substantial. So I'm looking into the shipping of the painting rolled in a PVC tube, painting side out of course. The tube I have is just over 4" in diameter (internal).
I've read that oil paintings should only be rolled if completely and utterly dry. Is this true? My take on this (and it is only my view and not backed up by any hard data) is that a fully dry and thus brittle paint film is more likely to crack than a still reasonably flexible paint film that ought to handle a few days rolled up in transit. This also assumes re-stretching will be performed soon after arrival at the other end.
Is my logic completely wrong on this or is it at least feasible to roll a painting in this state without inducing stress to the paint layers?
The painting in question isn't particularity thick with impasto but it isn't a thin wash either.
Thanks in advance and thanks for a great forum!