Shop Information

Items that are not made to order will ship within 7 days, although usually I ship items sooner. I like to get your stuff to you for you to enjoy!
Because art prints are printed to order, there may be occasions when I need to get more ink or paper to finish an order. I'll always keep you in the loop if it will take me more than 7 days to get your order out.

If I have a tracking number for your package, I will provide it to you when I complete you order.

If the shop is closed for any period of time, or shipping will be delayed, I will post that information in a banner at the top of my shop. In most cases, you'll still be able to order products and they will just ship when the shop reopens.

I'm one of those reduce, reuse, recycle people, so I tend to send items with just the right amount of packaging to get to you safely. Art will arrive in protective plastic, as well as with padding if appropriate. I usually wrap smaller paintings and things that might be delicate in plastic cling wrap to protect them; just take it off and hang the art up.

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations, but please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

My shop allows customers the ability to leave reviews on products, if they have purchased that product.

If you would like to leave a review and you're not able to because you didn't purchase the item directly on my website, please let me know. I can provide you with the ability to leave a review or a testimonial, depending on which is appropriate.

Your satisfaction matters to me. If you have a problem, I always ask that you contact me prior to leaving a review so that I can help solve it, and so that your review can be as accurate as possible.

Your review will not post immediately, because they are manually approved. It will post as soon as I get a chance to approve it.

Because I teach a variety of workshops, workshop reviews may be for a previous workshop I taught, as opposed to the one you are signing up for now. They can give you an insight into what to expect when you take a workshop, even if they mention specifics that are not the same for this workshop.

I appreciate you taking the time to leave a review, whatever its contents may be. What you have to say can help me make sure I provide the best experience to clients, and it can also help others know what to expect when they purchase my work or take a workshop. Thank you for taking the time to share your input!

If you have any issues with your order, please contact me immediately.

If items in your order are damaged or your order is not correct, tell me about the problem within 3 days of delivery, and I will provide you with information on where to email pictures of the issue so it can be resolved.

Unfortunately, sometimes shipping companies make mistakes or don't get things to their destination as quickly as planned. If I have tracking information for your package, I will provide it to you when I complete your order so you can see your package traveling to you.

I ship from the United States. You are responsible for covering any import or customs fees that your country charges you. I don't get anything from those fees, and I have absolutely no control over them. I label package contents correctly. I do not lie on customs forms or mark packages "gift," because it would be a felony for me to do so, and I think handcuffs would clash with my outfits.

I'm LGBTQ+. People of all ethnicities, gender identities, orientations, and religions are welcome to purchase items from my shop and peruse my website. The more diversity, the merrier!

Speaking of which, I'd love to see pictures of you being you while enjoying your new stuff on social media! Tag @AprilMarieMai

I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason or no reason at all, at any time. This includes workshops.

If it seems like an order may be fraudulent, I reserve the right to cancel it at my discretion. If you have any concerns about your order seeming questionable when it is legitimate, feel free to contact me and let me know what's going on.

I'll treat you respectfully, I just ask that you understand I'm a person, too, and treat me with the same respect.
Harassing or abusive behavior is not okay.

The sale of artwork does not grant reproductive rights. If you want to reproduce my artwork, contact me about licensing, and let me know what you have in mind.

If you want to license my intellectual property (anything I've made), please contact me and let me know what you have in mind.

I do work on commission. If you'd like to order something special, please contact me and let me know what you have in mind. It helps if you can tell me what style of my work you're interested in, and if you have an amount budgeted or a deadline for the work.

Commissions require a 50% deposit upon order, and the rest is due prior to shipping. If your item is personalized, all payment is required before the work will start.

Sometimes I receive requests for pieces that are not in the styles I tend to create in. If I don't think I'm the best match to create what you're looking for, I will be upfront and let you know that. I want to make sure you get something that is a good match for you.

I teach a limited amount of workshops.

My Studio: When held in my studio, workshops are often limited to specific groups, or people I know. Class size is small. You will learn about an element of art, and explore it by creating your own work of art that you like. I will be there to help you problem solve. You will learn how to handle the medium we work in, and how to clean up properly afterward. You'll leave the class with the skills to make your own art at home, and the ability to contribute to a discussion on any work of art.
Workshop fees are non-refundable. If a workshop is cancelled due to bad weather, it will be rescheduled and you can choose to do that workshop or be refunded. I love sharing art with you, and I want to make it a good experience for you. My studio is a relaxed environment where you can be yourself, with art and plants all over. If you have any questions, concerns, or will not be able to attend a workshop after all, please contact me.

On Site: Workshops on site (at parks or other locations) will be open to everyone, with the same policies of workshops in my studio. Please be sure to apply sunscreen beforehand if needed.

Other Locations: At other locations, when classes are paid for not on my website, those classes will be subject to the terms of the organization or group I am teaching the workshop with. These classes are open to anyone who wants to attend, with however many seats are available.

Attire: Some mediums are messier and more permanent than others. The proper attire for painting is whatever you don't mind getting paint on. I often wear my pajamas or workout clothes while I make art. If you want to wear your pajamas to a workshop in my studio, go for it! No judgement here. If we're working with glue, it's usually easier to keep off of clothes than paint.

Nails: Acrylic paint and adhesives will stick to your painted nails, and probably will not come off. Please let me know ahead of time if you're concerned about this, and I can get gloves to accommodate you. If you pick a limited palette of colors, you may enjoy the look the added paint brings.

People of all ethnicities, orientations, gender identities, and religions attend my workshops. Diversity and representation are important, and I ask all participants to respect each other. I provide name tags with the ability to share your pronouns. My workshops are and always will be a safe space to have a date night with your partner, spend time with your friends, or come on your own to learn something new. We'll all have fun while we learn and make stuff.

If you would like to hire me to teach a workshop for your group or organization, please contact me with details.

I want you to have a long, happy life with your art. Here's how to treat it right:

Acrylic paintings are pretty durable, and water resistant, although not water proof. Keep them away from direct sunlight and humidity. Paintings on canvas aren't as much of a humidity wimp as paper.

Don't rest anything on or against the painting. Acrylic paint is very, very sticky and will grab onto paper/ink/paint with a vengeance and refuse to let go. Wrapping a painting in plastic (cling wrap) before packing it is the best way to go. You don't want to play with that fire; you won't win!

Don't lean or rest the canvas part of the painting on anything. Always make sure all pressure is on the stretcher bars, because the canvas will distort and keep the shape of corners it's laid against. You don't want it to poke out randomly in the middle, unless you like that for some reason.

I like to hang my paintings with two nails in the wall, which lets the painting be up against the wall and means there's no fumbling around for wires and nails behind it.

To clean acrylic paintings on canvas, use a dry, clean duster to remove any dust. Do not use dust spray or anything that could deposit something onto the painting. If you must spot clean a part of the canvas, rub it gently with a clean cloth (soft jersey like an old t-shirt is best) with a small amount of cold water on it. If needed, a little bit of clear-colored soap can be used, just be sure to gently remove the soap with the wet cloth so it doesn't remain on the canvas. Gently wipe the canvas where you have washed it to dry it.

Acrylic paint is pretty durable, and water resistant, although not water proof. Keep it away from direct sunlight and humidity. Keep in mind that wood panels have the same sensitivity to water and humidity that wood does.

Don't put anything against the painting. Acrylic paint is very, very sticky and will grab onto paper/ink/paint with a vengeance and refuse to let go. Wrapping a wood panel painting in plastic (cling wrap) before packing it is the best way to go. You don't want to play with that fire; you won't win!

I like to hang my wood panels with two nails in the wall, which lets them be flush against the wall and is secure and easy to hang. A jagged tooth hanger can be added to the back if you have your heart set on it, just make sure you set the painting on saran wrap on a flat surface to protect the front of the painting while you add it.

If you need to clean an acrylic painting on wood panel, use a clean duster to dust the painting. Do not use any dusting sprays. If you need to remove dirt from the painting, you can use a wet cloth (preferably soft jersey, like an old t-shirt) to remove dirt from an area. Remember you are applying water to wood, which is not great for the wood. Work gently on a small spot, using only as much water as is necessary. Immediately dry the area once cleaned with the dry part of the cloth.

Keep your paper artwork away from direct sunlight (which will bleach it), and humidity (which will damage it). Never keep it in the bathroom.

For best archival results, frame the art with a mat, using archival mounting tape. Your friendly local art store can sell you some. Handle the paper very carefully, as you can easily put a little accidental fold into the paper, and that damages the art. Never place the art directly against glass in a frame, as it will damage the artwork.

Keep your print away from direct sunlight (which will bleach it), and humidity (which can damage it). Don't keep your prized paper art in the bathroom.

For best archival results, frame the print with a mat, using archival mounting tape. Your friendly local art store can sell you some. If you place the print directly against glass in a frame, over time the ink on the print can adhere to the glass, leaving some of it on the glass (and not on the paper) when the two are separated.

Keep your fiber artwork away from direct sunlight (which will bleach it), and humidity (which will damage it). Never keep it in the bathroom.

If the fiber art is small enough to fit in a shadow box, that is the ideal way to frame it. Smashing it into a flat frame will lose a lot of what makes it special, and will damage the art.

Use short dressmaker pins (with the tiny metal head) to gently pin the piece down to the shadowbox inside backing. Use only as many pins as are necessary to properly hold it in place on all sides, angling the pins so they fully go into the backing. Do not stretch the fabric tight, just gently pin it down while properly spread out. Because the metal heads are tiny, you may not notice them at all when you looked at the framed art.

The best way to clean a fiber piece is usually to shake it gently upside down to remove the dust. If you cannot get the dust out of fissures that way, use a clean duster, and do not use any dusting spray.

If you need to spot clean any small fiber artworks I have created and want to make sure you're doing it right, feel free to contact me with information on what piece you have and what types of fiber it is, and I'll be happy to let you know the best way to clean your art. It also helps to know which series it's a part of. It's always better to make sure you know what you're doing before you start. You can't go back and change what you've done if you have damaged the art.

Keep your fiber artwork away from direct sunlight (which will bleach it), and humidity (which will damage it). Never keep it in the bathroom.

Large fiber art may be affixed to a wall using aluminum push pins, or, if there is a sleeve, a rod, or a curtain rod. Depending on the piece, it may be meant to be steamed to remove the wrinkles prior to installation (I will say so in the product description if that is the case). At the end of the day, it's your piece to display how you want. If you want it to have wrinkles, you can choose to not steam it.

Depending on its size, you may be able to clean the piece by gently shaking it upside down. You can also use a clean duster without any spray to remove the dust on your artwork. Putting the art in the washing machine is not advised; at best, it will make the piece not as vivid and damage it. At worst, it could make the piece shrink, fall apart, remove or move around dye, or ravel greatly, as frayed edges and delicate stitches are often a part of fiber artworks. Art usually is not designed to go in washing machines. If you need to spot clean your artwork in an area that you know is color fast (color in that area won't be changed if exposed to water), gently use a soft cloth (like an old t-shirt) with a bit of water and a bit of soap to spot clean. Like with cleaning your carpet, blotting is better than wiping. Work in as small of an area as possible and do as little as possible to keep it in good shape. Let the spot air dry.

If you need to spot clean any small fiber artworks I have created and want to make sure you're doing it right, feel free to contact me with information on what piece you have and what types of fiber it is, and I'll be happy to let you know the best way to clean your art. It also helps to know which series it's a part of. It's always better to make sure you know what you're doing before you start. You can't go back and change what you've done if you have damaged the art.

The good news is that I'm a stickler when it comes to trying to making sure things are archival and durable. I tend to over-engineer art, doing things like making the seams stronger than necessary by using very small machine stitching, so they don't fall apart quickly if damaged.