Frequently Asked Questions

Orders and shipping

How soon will my order arrive?

Our products are hand-assembled in our shop and we do our best to ship orders as fast as possible. We ship via USPS, and orders typically arrive within a week in the United States, if not sooner. International orders typically take 1-2 weeks to arrive, but on occasion take up to a month if they are held up in customs. When you place your order, you will receive an order confirmation email. As soon as your order has shipped, we’ll send you shipping confirmation including a link to the tracking page for your package. We are happy to offer shipping quotes for carriers other than the USPS, or for expedited shipping. Please contact us if you have any questions.

We have been seeing an increase in international shipping times due to Covid-19.

Do you ship internationally?
Yes! International shipments are mailed via USPS First Class International, and typically take 1-2 weeks to arrive, but can take up to a month if they are held up in customs. If you would like a quote for another carrier, please contact us.
Will I have to pay customs fees?
If you live outside of the U.S., your order will probably be subject to import duties imposed by your country. We are in the process of setting up resellers around the world to ease the burden of customs on our customers.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards, as well as PayPal payments. If you prefer to pay over the phone, please contact us.
My order tracking page shows the package as delivered but it is not here!
If your order tracking page shows your package as delivered, but you have not received it, please contact your local post office to find out if your package is awaiting pickup, or will be redelivered. In addition, you can print out a copy of the tracking page and leave a note in your mailbox for your local carrier stating that you haven’t received your order and ask them to deliver it to you. They may have delivered it to the wrong address and know the whereabouts. Packages do not usually stay lost!
What can I do if my order was damaged in shipment?
We aim to pack every order to not only survive shipping across the world, but to be a treat to open when you receive your package! If your order was damaged in shipment, please contact us to arrange a replacement.

Art Toolkit Products

What material do you use for the mixing surface?
While we consider the specific material a "trade secret", we can say it is made of a durable plastic. Some customers have had great results enameling their own pans, which you can read about in a post on Maria’s blog.

Care and feeding

How should I clean my toolkit?
You can spot clean nylon covers using a gentle liquid soap. Be sure to let the kit dry completely before storing to prevent mildew.
How should I clean my Pocket Palette?
You can clean the mixing surface by wetting it down with a brush, and giving it a wipe with a soft cloth. To remove deeper stains, try a Mister Clean Magic Eraser, or a plastic eraser. We recommend conditioning the magnet by applying a light coat of olive or similar oil. Also, Maria made a video about it!
How do I fix a palette with a loose pin, or a hinge that doesn’t close smoothly?
Try pushing the hinge pin out with the end of a straightened paperclip, and give the last 1/4" a slight bend using a wrench (for loose pins) or straighten it out (for sticky hinges). Carefully push the pin back in using the wrench or a flat piece of metal.
How do I fix a palette that won’t close easily because the lid rubs against the sides of the tray?
Try bending the side walls of the tray in or out slightly to remove the friction.

Returns and exchanges

Can I return the items I ordered?
We accept the return of any unused products for an exchange or refund (minus shipping costs). We cannot accept returns of "seconds" or discounted items. Please contact us to arrange any returns.
What should I do if there is a problem with my product?
We’ll gladly replace any of our products free of charge if our craftsmanship or materials are flawed. Please contact us so we can assess the issue and its coverage. We cannot replace products damaged due to normal wear and tear, accidents, or improper use or care.

Education and wholesale

Do you offer classroom discounts?
Yes! We believe in the value of incorporating arts in education, and want to support teachers and students alike in learning using Art Toolkit materials. Please see our education page for details.
Do you offer student discounts?
Yes! We offer discounts to qualifying high-school, university, or art class students. Please see our education page for details.
Can I become a reseller?
If you think our products would be a good fit for your customers, we want to talk to you! Please see our wholesale page for details.