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Old 01-24-2016, 04:14 AM
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Hello, still new and I'm not sure where my thread wpuld belong exactly.

I need help on how to go about moving half way across the world with my art supplies for a better life....
I'm emotionally attached to all of my art supplies and my oil paints especially lately and I'm scared that the airplane does not allow such things on there.
Especially the mediums and everything with their toxicity and combustible rates...

Does anyone have experience and any pointers or tips. I am moving back to my home country; New Zealand.
Everything is very expensive there and as it is right now getting a job will be very difficult already
So buying new materials will be highly difficult.

Any suggestions are extremely welcome!
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I would take your favourite brushes and palettes with you, everything else should be replaceable. You will not be able to take flammable materials like oil mediums with you, but with a name like Blick you should have good connections

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Here's an article from Winsor & Newton that should be of help. Mostly check with your air carrier for their rules first.

http://www.winsornewton.com/na/disco...nsor-newton-us
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Re: New but I'm moving far and am worried about my art supplies

My paint supplies come to Australia from the UK by mail. Why not pack them and post them to yourself.

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Re: New but I'm moving far and am worried about my art supplies

Hello Marshall!

I would suggest that you consider your mediums - at least the liquid mediums - to be a lost cause. I don't imagine that any airline or mail or freight-shipping service would want to transport them.

Paints that are in clearly-identified tubes might be a different matter. I would think that you might be able to ship them without problem. Perhaps, maybe depending on airline, you might be able to transport them with your luggage, although probably not with your carry-on luggage. My guess (it is a guess, since I have never faced this problem) is that it would be best to ship them rather than take them with you by plane. Only because at the time you board your flight, some zealous aviation security agent might designate them for "the trash" instead of for "New Zealand"! And remember that airline regulations for different items might change right after some "terrorist" event occurs somewhere in the world.

Should you need to purchase paints and mediums in New Zealand, there's no shortage of manufacturers and retailers in Australia and New Zealand from which to choose.

Best of luck, Marshall,

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Re: New but I'm moving far and am worried about my art supplies

Oh, I feel for you. I just got back from a one week vacation and while I took some pens and pencils with me, and some little water colors, I felt like a huge part of me was still at home. I really missed my supplies. I hope you can take as much as possible and replace the rest.
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Oh, I feel for you. I just got back from a one week vacation and while I took some pens and pencils with me, and some little water colors, I felt like a huge part of me was still at home. I really missed my supplies. I hope you can take as much as possible and replace the rest.

Yes! Exactly how I felt with a small visit to someone for a week and a half. Its like leaving part of yourself there. I just can't part.

I mean I can part with a few if necessary, but I am hoping that with my 3 month old (at the most) oil paints will be able to make it. I don't mind TOO much that my india ink may not make it...

I just can't understand how people part with their art supplies and studio for long periods of time. I have only got my room set up, yet I cannot bear to let go of anything.

Im glad someone knows how I feel on this.

Plus I plan to start my art business up down in New Zealand and practice more than ever. I might possiblyneed my art supplies to start some of it.


Question for everyone that reads this part:
I have noticed there is some sort of "MSDS" paper or something for mediums and oil paints you can bring to notify the airport for checking in your baggage since most mediums have a 'fire hazard' point or something above 100 degrees...

Does anyone know about this sort of thing?
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Here's an article from Winsor & Newton that should be of help. Mostly check with your air carrier for their rules first.

http://www.winsornewton.com/na/disco...nsor-newton-us

Thank you SparrowHawk7 This was EXTREMELY helpful and I never would have thought they would have a page for that.

I will keep it bookmarked for when the time comes closer.

I plan to keep digging to find ways to get my stuff there without any time without my precious art supplies
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Is there a possibility of shipping your things? Sometimes shippers will take things airlines will not. Earth magnets cannot be flown but they can be shipped. Perhaps your mediums will fall into that same category ... worth calling to find out anyway.
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I've moved all over (military) with art supplies and most airlines and even movers between states here will not carry liquids or chemicals. You could ship them to a postal box or relative/friend until you get there but in the long run the shipping costs will be pricier then simply buying new ones at the end.

When I moved from one country to another, which has happened a few times, I donated everything liquid or chemical (friskets and pastes and such) that was in good condition and got rid of the rest. Things like inks and even certain pens can cause an awful lot of damage if they leak and are easily replaceable, it would be silly to risk it really.

Moving is super stressful even when you want to move, best of luck to you. Don't forget to breathe and enjoy the new experiences. Come back when you're settled and let us know how it went.
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I've moved all over (military) with art supplies and most airlines and even movers between states here will not carry liquids or chemicals. You could ship them to a postal box or relative/friend until you get there but in the long run the shipping costs will be pricier then simply buying new ones at the end.

When I moved from one country to another, which has happened a few times, I donated everything liquid or chemical (friskets and pastes and such) that was in good condition and got rid of the rest. Things like inks and even certain pens can cause an awful lot of damage if they leak and are easily replaceable, it would be silly to risk it really.

Moving is super stressful even when you want to move, best of luck to you. Don't forget to breathe and enjoy the new experiences. Come back when you're settled and let us know how it went.

I figured it was slightly a lost cause for some of my art supplies. Thankfully most of my stuff happen to be copious amounts of pencils, colored pencils, markers and charcoal. I've only recently gotten my oil paints and it would be a shame to give them away on my part....

I might be able to figure out the costs here versus New Zealand and then see how much shipping will run me... And with that go and figure stuff out...
Does that sound somewhat like a good idea?

I'm just so nervous since I've never flown alone first of all and now I'm going to need to figure out how to get everything across the world... Oh goodness

Also my knife for cleaning up dried paint is a pocket knife from 1920 or so from a grandparent... Would I have to ship that or would I have to leave it behind with family...
Sorry for so many questions


But thank you
You've all helped greatly and makes me feel a bit better about my move.
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If you've never flown alone before, I would seriously suggest that you stay IN the plane this time. That way you'll be with other passengers and your arms won't get too tired. (I'm told I've got a dubious nature so I can't help it ... )

If in doubt about how to carry something on the plane, call the airline. They will tell you how to pack something and if they will accept it or not. A pocket knife will at the very least, not be permitted in the cabin but it may be allowed in the luggage below deck. I don't know for sure ... but they will.
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Please go to this website and link to helpful info:

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