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      candy store for the creative

      FLAX art & design

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      FLAX art & design, the Bay Area's most well-loved retail art supply business, has been serving the creative community since 1938.

      Our stores are conveniently located in Downtown Oakland, and along San Francisco's north side waterfront at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Whichever location you choose, as customers often say, FLAX is a "candy store for the creative".

      A family-owned business headed by Howard Flax, who represents the third generation along with his brother Craig and their sister Leslie Flax Abel, FLAX has a long history supporting artists and the Bay Area arts community.


      Howard Flax and the team
      FLAX interior, c. 1955


      In its 80+ years, FLAX has become an icon of creative inspiration and a Bay Area institution. Staffed by artists, designers, and musicians, the stores are visited regularly by residents and tourists alike. From established professionals and serious students to weekend dabblers and hobbyists, at FLAX you can awaken your inner Picasso with tools, supplies and gifts for every artistic passion and all age levels. We invite you to come in and let your imagination soar.

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        Speedball Block Printing Ink, 2.5oz
        $7.75

        Speedball Block Printing Ink, 2.5oz

        FLAX art & design

        Speedball Block Printing Inks are water-soluble inks that print in bold color and dry to a rich, satiny finish. They possess excellent tack, ensuri...

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        $7.75
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        Puffy Rabbit Stickers
        $2.25

        Puffy Rabbit Stickers

        FLAX art & design

        Use these cute and unique stickers for paper crafting and other creative projects. 1 sheet of puffy stickers, 3.75" x 7". Includes images of vario...

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        $2.25
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        Puffy Cat Stickers
        $2.50

        Puffy Cat Stickers

        FLAX art & design

        Use these cute and unique stickers for paper crafting and other creative projects. 1 sheet of puffy stickers, 8” x 3 ¾”. Includes images of various...

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        $2.50
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        Gelly Roll Pens, Classic Colors
        $1.49

        Gelly Roll Pens, Classic Colors

        FLAX art & design

        40 years ago Sakura unvieled the first gel-based ink with this, the Classic Gelly Roll. the first and original gel pen. The gel ink is archival, wa...

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        $1.49
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        FW Acrylic Artists Ink
        $7.25

        FW Acrylic Artists Ink

        FLAX art & design

        FW Acrylic Artists Inks are intensely pigmented, acrylic-based inks designed to be fully intermixable, resulting in beautifully vibrant and highly ...

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        $7.25
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        Marabu Art Crayons
        $3.96

        Marabu Art Crayons

        FLAX art & design

        A buttery-smooth, wax-based soft pastel that is water-soluble, making it suitable for wet or dry techniques and multi-media. The lightfast pigment ...

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        $3.96
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        Amsterdam Acrylic Colors, 120ml
        from $6.71

        Amsterdam Acrylic Colors, 120ml

        FLAX art & design

        Designed for beginners and serious painters alike, Amsterdam Acrylic Colors provide superior performance at an economical price. The acrylics in th...

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        from $6.71
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        Egg Chalk Set, 6 Colors
        $7.50

        Egg Chalk Set, 6 Colors

        FLAX art & design

        This egg-shaped chalk set suits a young child's full handed grip. Use on a blackboard or the sidewalk, then easily erase or wash away with water. 6...

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        $7.50
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        Canvas Panels
        from $1.38

        Canvas Panels

        FLAX art & design

        Canvas Panels are an economical and easily portable alternative to stretched canvas. The surface texture provides a very definite paint-gripping “t...

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        from $1.38
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        Crayola Colored Pencil Set of 12
        from $3.86

        Crayola Colored Pencil Sets

        FLAX art & design

        Crayola Colored Pencils are made of thick, soft leads that won’t break easily under pressure. Perfect for color mixing and blending, these pencils ...

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        from $3.86
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        Tombow Mono Drawing Pencils
        $1.30

        Tombow Mono Drawing Pencils

        FLAX art & design

        Tombow's Mono drawing pencils offer superior extra-refined, high density graphite. Smear proof lines help produce crisp, clean drawings with the ad...

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        $1.30
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        Mod Podge Glue, Sealer & Finish
Gloss
        from $4.39

        Mod Podge Sealer, Glue and Finish

        FLAX art & design

        Mod Podge is a water-based sealer, glue, and finish for all surfaces. The non-toxic, non-flammable formula is quick-drying for multiple coat applic...

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        from $4.39
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        X-Acto Classic #11 Blade Packs
        from $3.40

        X-Acto Classic #11 Blade Packs

        FLAX art & design

        The Classic #11 Blade is an extremely sharp and fine pointed blade for precision angle cutting, stripping and trimming. When elaborate, detailed cu...

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        from $3.40
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        Construction Paper, 50 pack
        from $4.96

        Construction Paper, 50 pack

        FLAX art & design

        Tru-Ray Construction Paper offers heavyweight, acid-free construction in bold colors. The 100% sulphite paper withstands scoring, folding and curli...

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        from $4.96
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        Canson XL Watercolor Books - FLAX art & design
        from $15.95

        Canson XL Watercolor Books

        FLAX art & design

        Canson XL Watercolor Books feature 48 sheets of 90lb paper, wirebound with a hard cover. The sheets are microperforated for clean removal. The pape...

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        from $15.95
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        Jacquard Tie Dye Kit
        $19.75

        Jacquard Tie Dye Kit

        FLAX art & design

        Jacquard's Tie Dye Kit features Procion MX, a concentrated dye that produces exceptionally brilliant color on any non-synthetic fabric. With this t...

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        $19.75
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        Simply Simmons XL Soft Synthetic Brushes
        from $12.99

        Simply Simmons XL Soft Synthetic Brushes

        FLAX art & design

        The Simply Simmons line of quality Robert Simmons brushes are excellent for students, amateurs and professionals alike. These brushes are highly de...

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        from $12.99
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        Jigsaw Puzzle, Jellyfish
        $22.50

        Jigsaw Puzzle, Jellyfish

        FLAX art & design

        From the image archives of Cavallini & Co., the Jellyfish jigsaw puzzle features 13 fantastic illustrations. The puzzle comes in a cylindrical ...

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        $22.50
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        Cavallini Paper, California Poppy
        $4.96

        Cavallini Paper, California Poppy

        FLAX art & design

        Printed on signature Italian archival paper with an image of a poppy flower from the Cavallini archives. Beautiful for framing, gift wrapping and c...

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        $4.96
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        Vegetable Stickers
        $2.50

        Vegetable Stickers

        FLAX art & design

        Vegetable stickers look so healthy and nutritious; they are perfect for decorating labels, recipes and cook books. One sheet features doubles of el...

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        $2.50
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        Elmer's Washable School Glue, 4oz
        $2.44

        Elmer's Washable School Glue, 4oz

        FLAX art & design

        Elmer's Washable School Glue is easy to use and stays where you put it, providing a strong bond on wood, paper, cloth and other porous materials. I...

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        $2.44
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        8 Color Automatic Pencil
        from $15.97

        8 Color Automatic Pencil

        FLAX art & design

        Pentel's 8 Color Automatic Pencil has all you need to complete an entire drawing anywhere you go. The 2mm thick, brightly colored leads are great f...

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        from $15.97
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        Prismacolor Nupastel Set of 12
        from $19.40

        Prismacolor Nupastel Sets

        FLAX art & design

        Prismacolor Nupastel Sets feature rich, creamy pigments that allow for easy blending and shading. Good for creating illustrations or drawings, thes...

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        from $19.40
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        Fluid Watercolor Blocks, Hot Press
        from $5.95

        Fluid Watercolor Blocks, Hot Press

        FLAX art & design

        Fluid Watercolor Paper Blocks are high quality watercolor papers at an affordable price. Crafted in a European mill that has been making fine art p...

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        from $5.95