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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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        Seize The Day Stickers
        $2.25

        Seize The Day Stickers

        FLAX art & design

        Use these cute and unique stickers for paper crafting and other creative projects. 1 sheet of puffy stickers, 3.9" x 7.5". Seize The Day includes m...

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        $2.25
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        W&N Refined Linseed Oil
        from $6.80

        W&N Refined Linseed Oil

        FLAX art & design

        Refined Linseed Oil is a pale oil that reduces consistency, increases gloss, slows drying time and increases transparency for oil colors. As Winsor...

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        from $6.80
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        Cotman PLUS Watercolor Tube Set
        $43.75

        Cotman PLUS Watercolor Tube Set

        FLAX art & design

        Cotman is a range of watercolors that are made to Winsor & Newton's high quality standards but are offered to artists at an affordable price. C...

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        $43.75
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        General's Layout Pencil
        $0.82

        General's Layout Pencil

        FLAX art & design

        General's Layout Pencil is an extra smooth, black, thick graphite pencil used to create preliminary sketches, to “layout” drawing before painting o...

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        $0.82
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        W&N Brush Cleaner and Restorer
        from $18.70

        W&N Brush Cleaner and Restorer

        FLAX art & design

        Winsor & Newton’s groundbreaking brush cleaning technology allows artists to clean and preserve favorite brushes that are caked and clogged wit...

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        from $18.70
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        2021 Desk Calendar Herbarium
        $12.95

        2021 Desk Calendar Herbarium

        FLAX art & design

        Since 1989, Cavallini has been creating classic desk calendars. Each month enjoy an image of herbarium plants selected from the Cavallini archives....

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        $12.95
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        Strathmore Softcover Toned  Grey Art Journal
        $20.70

        Strathmore Toned Softcover Art Journals

        FLAX art & design

        Strathmore’s Toned Sketch Softcover Art Journal contains 400 Series toned paper ideal for light and dark media. The journal's paper accepts graphit...

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        $20.70
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        2021 Desk Clndr Succulents
        $12.95

        2021 Desk Calendar Succulents

        FLAX art & design

        Since 1989, Cavallini has been creating classic desk calendars. Each month enjoy images succulents selected from the Cavallini archives. Printed on...

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        $12.95
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        Zoltan Szabo Covered Palette
        $18.20

        Zolton Szabo Covered Palette

        FLAX art & design

        The Zoltan Szabo Covered Palette is everything a good watercolor palette should be. It has 16 raised water wells and 8 large mixing areas for mixin...

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        $18.20
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        Zodiac Notebook, 6" x 8"
        $13.50

        Zodiac Notebook, 6" x 8"

        FLAX art & design

        Classic and timeless, this hardcover notebook is the perfect companion for your travels. With 144 cream lined pages, elastic closure and inside bac...

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        $13.50
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        Tropical Leaves Stencil, 6" x 6"
        $5.00

        Tropical Leaves Stencil, 6" x 6"

        FLAX art & design

        Great for scrapbooking, mixed-media, card-making and other craft projects. Introduce color, layer media, and create a composition that is all your ...

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        $5.00
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        Origami Flower Lights Kit
        $19.95

        Origami Flower Lights Kit

        FLAX art & design

        The Origami Flower Lights kit will brighten a room with both light and creativity. It comes with a 6' set of string lights with 10 color-changing L...

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        $19.95
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        Elmer's Clear School Glue
        $3.30

        Elmer's Clear School Glue

        FLAX art & design

        One of the most trusted names in school glue now has a clear formula. This non-toxic, washable glue provides a fast, strong bond on wood, paper, cl...

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        $3.30
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        Midwest Super Easy Cutter
        $26.95

        Midwest Super Easy Cutter

        FLAX art & design

        The Super Easy Cutter is designed to cut wood and a variety of materials for craft, hobby, and household projects, eliminating the need for expensi...

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        $26.95
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        Posca Paint Markers, 3M Fine Bullet Tip
        $4.00

        Posca Paint Markers, 3M Fine Bullet Tip

        FLAX art & design

        POSCA paint markers are water-based drawing tools for use on all surfaces, Very rich in pigments, the ink formulation delivers bright, matte, opaqu...

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        $4.00
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        iDye Natural Fabric Dyes
        $4.25

        iDye Natural Fabric Dyes

        FLAX art & design

        iDye Natural Fabric Dye makes dyeing fabrics easier than ever. iDye comes in a 14 gram packet that dissolves in water, eliminating the need to hand...

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        $4.25
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        W&N Designers' Gouache Set, Introductory
        from $48.60

        W&N Designers' Gouache Sets

        FLAX art & design

        A favorite among designers and fine artists since 1935, Winsor & Newton’s Designers’ Gouache has been consistently formulated with a commitment...

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        from $48.60
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        Marker Coloring Cards, 1960s Design
        $17.99

        Marker Coloring Cards, 1960s Design

        FLAX art & design

        Pepin's Marker Coloring Cards are made of professional-quality bleedproof paper specially formulated for use with felt-tipped pens and markers. The...

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        $17.99
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        Lineco Neutral pH PVA Adhesive
        from $5.75

        Lineco Neutral pH PVA Adhesive

        FLAX art & design

        Lineco Neutral pH PVA Adhesive is an acid-free adhesive used for creating collages, adhering mats, and bookbinding. The white adhesive is made of p...

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        from $5.75
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        Cartoon Today Stickers
        $2.50

        Cartoon Today Stickers

        FLAX art & design

        Stickers by Sonia J. are fun and stylish. These stickers can be used to decorate journals, planners, cards, and other craft projects. 2 sheet of f...

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        $2.50
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        Surebonder Hot Glue Sticks, Regular 20 pack
        from $2.75

        Surebonder Hot Glue Sticks

        FLAX art & design

        Ideal for everyday gluing projects, these clear glue sticks are suitable for use with high or low temperature glue guns. They may be used for repai...

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        from $2.75
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        MTN PRO Erasable Chalk Spray Paint
        $6.96

        MTN PRO Erasable Chalk Spray Paint

        FLAX art & design

        MTN PRO Erasable Chalk Spray Paint is a non-permanent removable spray-on chalk paint designed for temporary uses. The Montana Colors Chalk paint us...

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        $6.96
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        Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper, Traditional White
        from $6.49

        Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper, Traditional White

        FLAX art & design

        Fabriano's Artistico Traditional White paper is a traditional white shade with no use of optical brighteners. It is mould-made of 100% cotton, size...

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        from $6.49
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        Staedtler Pigment Liner
        $5.10

        Staedtler Pigment Liner

        FLAX art & design

        Staedtler Pigment Liner is a fineliner pen for writing, sketching and drawing. Pen has pigment ink that is lightfast, waterproof, wont bleed when h...

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        $5.10