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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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        Jack Richeson Butcher Paper Roll
        $21.95

        Jack Richeson Butcher Paper Roll

        FLAX art & design

        This butcher paper is excellent for use with markers, acrylics, gouache, finger paint, and more. The smooth, white surface can even be used as a pa...

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        $21.95
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        Koi Water Brush
        $6.50

        Koi Water Brushes

        FLAX art & design

        Koi Water Brushes are designed for the easy transportation and storage of water when away from home or the studio. The brush separates into two par...

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        $6.50
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        Winnie's Picks Paint by Numbers
        $24.95

        Paint by Numbers, Scotland's Highlands

        FLAX art & design

        Nature comes to life in this Paint by Numbers Scotland's Highlands. The set includes a high-quality linen canvas, custom palette of colors, set of ...

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        $24.95
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        EcoPencil World Color, Set of 27
        $8.29

        EcoPencil World Color, Set of 27

        FLAX art & design

        Developed to celebrate diversity and self-expression, the EcoPencil World Color set includes a traditional colorful range of 24 pencils, plus 3 sup...

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        $8.29
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        Artistico Watercolor Paper 140lb
        $284.40

        Artistico Watercolor Paper 140lb

        FLAX art & design

        Artistico Traditional White is mould-made of 100% cotton, double-sized, acid-free/neutral pH, chlorine-free with deckle edges. The paper is sized b...

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        $284.40
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        Vintage Tea Towel, Succulents
        $14.95

        Vintage Tea Towel, Succulents

        FLAX art & design

        Add some color to your kitchen with these beautiful tea towels made of 100% natural cotton. These favorites for the home are soft and absorbent, de...

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        $14.95
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        Decomposition Book Oysters
        $9.95

        Decomposition Book Oysters

        FLAX art & design

        The Decomposition Book by Michael Roger is a twist on the classic composition book featuring a spiral binding, 100% post-consumer-waste recycled pa...

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        $9.95
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        Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot Card, Mineral Marvels
        $15.95

        Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot Card, Mineral Marvels

        FLAX art & design

        Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot Cards are the perfect way to try new colors and have a rich new palette to take with you wherever you go. Just take a w...

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        $15.95
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        X-Acto #2 Fine Tip Blade Pack
        $3.80

        X-Acto #2 Fine Tip Blade Pack

        FLAX art & design

        The #2 Blade is a heavy duty blade designed to cut through medium density materials while maintaining an exceptional level of precision. The medium...

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        $3.80
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        Yarka Watercolor Pan Sets
12 Color Set
        from $6.38

        Yarka Watercolor Pan Sets

        FLAX art & design

        Yarka Watercolor Pan Sets contain beautiful Russian-made Yarka watercolors. Naturally pigmented and liquid-poured, these transparent water colors a...

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        from $6.38
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        Limn Colors Cobalt Aqua
        $14.00

        Limn Colors Cobalt Aqua

        FLAX art & design

        Cobalt aqua is a lightfast, opaque, lightly-granulating blue-green with medium-high tinting strength. It is a beautiful tropical turquoise, a littl...

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        $14.00
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        Uni-Ball Gel Impact Pen, White
        $3.96

        Uni-Ball Gel Impact Pen, White

        FLAX art & design

        The Uni-Ball Gel Impact Pen ink delivers rich, saturated color, and is the best-selling gel opaque writer in our stores. This pen works great on da...

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        $3.96
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        Ashley Mahleberg, @Inkreel, Alcohol Ink on YUPO
        from $3.98

        Yupo Synthetic Papers

        FLAX art & design

        Yupo Synthetic Papers are neither natural paper nor plastic film. Instead, they combine and surpass the benefits of both. Made of 100% polypropylen...

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        from $3.98
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        Grumbacher Academy Watercolors
        $4.13

        Grumbacher Academy Watercolors

        FLAX art & design

        Grumbacher’s time-tested, quality Academy Watercolors are ideal for students and price-conscious artists of any level. Either straight from the tub...

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        $4.13
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        Travelogue Artist Journals
        from $14.81

        Travelogue Artist Journals

        FLAX art & design

        Hardbound with book cloth covers, these journals feature high-quality buff drawing paper with good tooth for a range of media. They are great for p...

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        from $14.81
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        Speedball Block Printing Starter Kit, contents
        $26.99

        Speedball Block Printing Starter Kit

        FLAX art & design

        The Block Printing Starter Kit is fun, easy to use, and includes every essential tool to get started with block printmaking. Create unique art on a...

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        $26.99
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        Bailey Light Coral Fountain Pen
        $25.00

        Bailey Light Fountain Pen, Coral

        FLAX art & design

        Bailey Light is the first of its kind in the Cross collection. The design shares the statement-making appeal and quality performance of the origina...

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        $25.00
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        Winnie's Picks Paint by Numbers
        $24.95

        Paint by Number, The Ol' Power Wagon

        FLAX art & design

        In this Paint By Numbers, The Ol' Power Wagon really captures the American countryside. By artist Anthony J Padgett, the old truck is so realistic ...

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        $24.95
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        Thai Kozo Natural Paper
        $3.55

        Thai Kozo Natural Paper

        FLAX art & design

        Thai Kozo is an all-purpose paper that can be used for most printmaking applications. Made of 100% Kozo fiber, it features two natural deckles and ...

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        $3.55
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        Pearl Ex Pigments Set, Series 1
        $29.86

        Pearl Ex Pigments Set, Series 1

        FLAX art & design

        Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments can be mixed into any viscous medium for a metallic/pearlescent effect. Pearl Ex is a non-toxic, inert pigment that disp...

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        $29.86
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        Paint By Numbers, Vintage Garden
        $24.95

        Paint By Numbers, Vintage Garden

        FLAX art & design

        Vintage Garden features two birds perched on an old wheel covered in wildflowers. The birds’ plumage is a combination of brown and black hues, subd...

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        $24.95
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        W&N Liquin Original
        from $8.50

        W&N Liquin Original

        FLAX art & design

        This reliable favorite is a general purpose semi gloss medium that speeds drying, improves flow and reduces brush stroke retention. As a durable, n...

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        from $8.50
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        Cobra Artist Solvent-Free Oil Paints
        from $9.75

        Cobra Artist Solvent-Free Oil Paints

        FLAX art & design

        Cobra Artist Oil Colors are water mixable and perform like traditional oil colors in every way. Using a plant-based emulsifier, the paint accepts w...

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        from $9.75
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        Golden Polymer Varnishes
        from $9.09

        Golden Polymer Varnish

        FLAX art & design

        This Polymer Varnish with UVLS (Ultraviolet Light Stabilzers) is a waterborne acrylic polymer varnish that dries to a protective, flexible, dust re...

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        from $9.09