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Product Spotlight


 Speedball - Aluminum Frames


Made from the highest grade hand cut aluminum, these screen printing frames are welded and ground smooth for flawless edges and a watertight seal. The high precision woven mesh is pneumatically stretched to industry standard tension and can be stretched and re-stretched many times. These frames are designed for durability and longevity.


starting at $35.91



 Global Art Canvas Pencil Cases


These handcrafted panel style pencil cases are made of a finely woven 16 oz. canvas making them durable yet modern and streamline. The versatile cases work well for storing and organizing pencils and provide ease and security when accompanying the artist on-the-go. A three-sided zipper seals the case, while inside are rows of strong, thick elastic loops that can hold up to four pencils or even two markers.


Available in Denim, Wheat, Rose, Olive and Black, in 24 and 48 space counts: starting at $15.95




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 A truly 100% Cotton/Archival Quality pastel paper, it is double primed and coated with an aluminum oxide created for Pastel Premier to produce an ideal surface for pastel painting. A final seal coat makes this paper extremely durable and able to withstand almost any measure of scrubbing or reworking. The paper works with a wide range of media as an under painting and accepts as many as 25 layers of pastel.

Available in 9"x12", pks of 8 $32.99




Derwent Line and Wash Sketching Set

Perfect for artists on the go, this 14 piece Wash Sketching Set contains an expansive range of sketching materials in a durable double layered tin. The first layer contains a collection of 4B-2H graphite pencils for creating detailed lines and shading. The top layer contains water soluble graphite pencils which dissolve into subtle tones and washes when used with the waterbrush. The kit also includes a paper stump for shading, eraser and sharpener, and an eraser shield, which allows areas of graphite to be removed for highlights and effects. "





Blackwing Vol. 211 - The Natural Pencil

This limited edition pencil series pays tribute to writer, poet, artist, and environmentalist, John Muir, and his impact on creativity and the environment. The John Muir Trail, the premier hiking trail in the United States, starts in Yosemite and continues 211 miles through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, ending at the highest peak in continental United States, Mount Whitney.

The Blackwing 211 features a natural, clear coat finish, brown imprint and brown eraser. The 211 not only pays tribute to John Muir and the hiking trails of Yosemite in form, its function was also designed with the outdoors in mind. It features a firm graphite core designed for long walks spent sketching in nature.

Limited Edition Box Sets of 12 - $24.95



SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors

Extra Fine Watercolors are highly pigmented and vibrant paints with excellent brushing properties and color strength, even when mixed with Titanium White. This line of unique colors spans the spectrum from historical and natural earth tones to bold Quinacridones.

Included in this range are PrimaTek colors made exclusively by Daniel Smith. These colors are handmade with authentic, naturally occurring mineral pigments. The subtle earth tones and vivid jewel colors like Hematite and Malachite recall the tradition of making paints by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and other ancient cultures. For over 30 years, Daniel Smith watercolors have been formulated in their Seattle facility with the utmost care, using fine pigments to create a consistent and inspiring range.

Available in 88 colors - starting at $7.32

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Great for kids or anyone young at heart, these Travel Pillows by Kikkerland are delightful and functional. The already popular Travel Logs are now joined by new zip and flip Bears and Penguins that transform from a u-shaped neck pillow to a fun character. Custom contouring micro-bead filling and stretchy spandex cover. $31.25





KINSHO Photo Journals

KINSHO honors the Japanese tradition of hand made books using archival papers, distinctive cloth covers, and colors inspired by nature. KINSHO Photo Journals are expandable post-bound, scrapbooks that allow you to arrange photographs in the way you like. The Photo Journals are available in three sizes and seven colors. Along with Photo Journals, we also carry a wide assortment of KINSHO Pocket Journals, Bound Albums and refill packs, for all your presentation and scrap-booking needs.

Assorted Styles - $15.95-$44.95




ZIG Clean Color Real Brush

Clean Color brush pens have a soft brush tip and water-based, mixable, dye ink that makes them perfect for quick illustrating, sketching, designing and cartooning.

Available in 80 colors - $3.48 each



1670.jpgJ. HERBIN "1670" Inks Collectionjherbin1670.jpg

The 1670 Collection celebrates the rich life and adventures of J. Herbin, an enterprising French sailor of the mid-17th century. He made a number of voyages to India, collecting ingredients and formulas for his sealing wax and inks. He began making pen inks in his Paris workshop beginning in 1700 with the "Ink of Ships" and the "Jewel of Inks." Today, Herbin inks are widely used and internationally renown.

Available in Stormy Grey, Rouge Hematite and Deep Blue: 50ml Bottles - $26.00 each





Blackwing Volumes Limited Edition

A limited edition pencil series celebrating the iconic stories that define a creative culture. Music is a big part of Blackwing’s past, present and future. The 725 pencil’s unique lacquer is inspired by the sunburst finish on the Fender Stratocaster that fueled what Rolling Stone called one of “50 Moments that Changed Rock n’ Roll."

Limited Edition Box Sets of 12 - $24.95





Kuretake Mica Inks

Luminous Gold & Silver ink that contains dazzling Mica particles. Great for use with a Menso brush or dip-pen nibs, they are perfect for drawing, Zentangle, crafting and calligraphy. Water-based pigment, they are highly effective on dark coloured paper and card, adn even suitable for drawing on fabrics.

60ml bottles - $29.88



1980-logo.pngGamblin 1980 Oil Colorsgamblin1980.jpg

Gamblin 1980 Oil Colors are made with the same dedication and pure pigments that go into their Artist's Oils. In addition, they use the same process of mixing, milling, filling, and hand labeling.

 In order to reduce the cost of oil colors, some manufacturers use gels and waxes to stiffen colors and replace traditional pigments with less expensive ones. Gamblin's approach is different. 1980 colors are formulated with pure pigments, the finest refined linseed oil and marble dust (calcium carbonate). More affordable colors have been made with these three ingredients since oil painting began. With 1980 colors, artists experience colors that are true, without homogenized texture or muddy color mixtures. Gamblin's approach of using both traditional raw materials and processes ensures that artists experience the luscious working properties that they expect from their oil colors.

37ml Tubes - $6.25 - $8.95


Montana Effect Sprays

New Montana EFFECT sprays add a whole new dimension to being creative. Six new effect cans have been introduced to enable an even wider array of effects and surfaces to be possible. The EFFECT series features the Montana GLITTER effect, MARBLE effect, GRANIT effect, CRACKLE effect, TEXTURE effect and NIGHTGLOW effect sprays. From the futuristic optically illusive GLITTER spray, with it‘s enchanting galactic sparkle, to the historically distressed look of the CRACKLE spray, the Montana EFFECT series is ideal for indoor or outdoor creative work and is to use in conjunction with the Montana GOLD and Montana ACRYLIC marker product ranges. Every surface can be transformed into a whole new visual landscape. With further EFFECT products being developed, this series is destined to please. Check out these how-to videos from Montana...

-Assorted Effect Cans - $10.75 - $19.95


WATER WOW! Activity Books

No-mess painting for kids! This exciting paint-with-water coloring book includes four reusable pages and a refillable water pen. Simply use the pen to color in each scene--details and vibrant color appear with every stroke! Then let the page dry to erase the pictures and fill it in again and again. The chunky-sized water pen is easy for kids to hold and stores neatly right in the front cover. Water WOW! make ideal travel activity books and travel toys for kids!

4 themes - $5.95





Did you ever draw in the corners of a book to create images that animated as you "flipped" through the pages? Flipbookit is a rotating mechanical flip-book-kit that looks and feels like an olde-tyme box camera. It's easy to assemble, and you can easily load ready-made animated art onto it, or create your own 24-frame animation by uploading your own video or images to their online flip-maker tool!

Comes with the Galloping Horse animation cards. Blank Cards NOT included. This hand-cranked FlipBooKit can also be upgraded to a motorized unit with their MOTO Upgrade Kit.

Black Box Kit - $39.95, Craft Box Kit - $29.95, Blank DIY Card Kit - $12.95




Infinite Tree by Areaware

Areaware does it again. Johannes Molin created the Infinite Tree out of his love and memory of the Scandinavian forest as seen through the lens of his degree in mathematics. This tree is designed using measurements from the Golden Ratio, a universal proportional system that is thought to play a role in the human perception of beauty.

- $49.50





Golden A-Z Arylics Sets

The new A-Z Acrylics Sets from GOLDEN offer artists a self-guided workshop experience in a box! By following the instruction guide provided in each set, artists can easily execute several exercises while gaining an understanding of the materials and a foundation for translating the experience into their unique creative process. The exercises in the set provide hands-on experience in how easily all GOLDEN Acrylics can be used together successfully.

The A-Z Starter Set - $38.99, The A-Z Full Set - $79.99

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Golden High Flow Marker Nibs

Convert your Golden High Flow and Fluid Acrylic 4oz. & 8oz. bottles into fat markers with these easy screw on marker nibs. Protective caps included.

Set of four - $10.79



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39926-2.jpgPepin Artists' Colouring Books & Postcard Bookspepin-postcards-jkt.jpg

PEPIN Artists’ Colouring Books contain 16 superior sheets of acid-free drawing paper, printed with exceptional design motifs in very light lines. The printing is done in such a way that, depending on the techniques used, the original outline will hardly be visible after colouring.

 The 180 gsm drawing paper is suitable for a wide range of colouring applications, including pencil, crayon, pastel, felt marker, gouache, watercolours and liquid inks. The first-rate paper has a long life and can be framed and displayed without the risk of rapid deterioration. PEPIN Postcard Colouring Books are made of the finest 250 gsm acid-free watercolour paper.

Colouring Books - $16.99, Postcard Books - $9.99



Gamblin expanded family of Solvent-Free Painting materials

Building on the tremendous response to Gamblin's Solvent-Free Gel medium, we're pleased to announce the expansion of their solvent-free offering with Solvent-Free Fluid medium and Safflower Oil. Since Gamblin's founding, they have handcrafted materials with the well-being of artists, their work and the environment in mind.

Gamblin’s Solvent-Free Gel and Solvent-Free Fluid painting mediums, both crafted from American-grown soybean and safflower oils, increase the flow of oil colors and moderately speed drying. With Gamblin oil colors and solvent-free painting materials, artists can work with the most natural and enduring of materials, access the broadest range of solvent-free oil painting possibilities, and clean-up with soap and water or Gamsol.

Fluid Medium - 4oz-$9.85, 8oz-$15.26 

Safflower Oil - 4oz-$8.05, 8oz-$11.65

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Americana DuraClear Varnishes

DuraClear brush-on polyurethane, non-yellowing varnishes form a tough, flexible, clear finish that dries quickly. Durable and non-toxic, DuraClear Varnish forms a weatherproof, protective seal on both indoor and outdoor surfaces and protects surfaces from chemicals such as alcohol. It also won't puddle and brush strokes won't show. There are no smelly fumes and cleans up is easy with soap and water.

Available in satin, gloss and matte varnishes: 2 oz.- $2.30, 8 oz.- $8.78




MTN Water Based 100 Spray Paint

With the same quality and performance as their Water Based 300, but in a more manageable 3.1 oz capacity, MTN's Water Based aerosol spray paint is formulated with low odor, water soluble resins and high quality pigments, making it suitable for Fine Arts, Graffiti, and other professional work both indoors and outdoors.

A logical evolution of MTN's most artistic and “eco friendly” product, it's a far more manageable aerosol that even makes it possible to be used in activities and workshops involving children. - $5.84

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Holbein Watercolor Sets

Brilliant and beautiful, Holbein Artist Half Pan Watercolor has been produced for all those who enjoy watercolor portability.

Holbein uses a combination of both traditional and modern pigments, ensuring that Holbein Half Pan Watercolor offer exceptional brilliance, excellent lightfast ratings and crisp, clean results without muddiness!

Each open stock pan contains a magnetic strip to secure placement and hold onto any steel folding travel palette.

Available in 8 count Karakuri Box - $114.00, 12 count Palm Box - $210.00 and 21 count Urushi set - $495.00



Strathmore Writing

To celebrate thoughtful communication, the timeless art of calligraphy, and the physical act of putting tangible ink to beautiful paper, Strathmore introduces a new paper specifically designed for writing. We've tested it, and Strathmore Writing paper is nice! 

The paper performs beautifully with a broad range of ink varieties and writing instruments, including fountain pens, and the wide range of formats allow you to share special and meaningful communication with others or keep your own personal chronicles.

Available formats include - Blank & Lined Writing Pads, Flat & Folded Correspondence Cards, Envelopes and Softcover Journals $6.36 - $16.39


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With Areaware games, the sky's the limit. Create your own sculpture with Balancing Blocks. These ten faceted stone-size shapes are tumbled in a water-based paint, and provide hours of creative fun. Or build the world you want to see with Blockitecture, a set of architectural building blocks to create towers, cities and dwellings. Multiple sets can be combined to create large, unique environments.

Balancing Blocks - $57.50, Blockitecture - $29.00




Nikko G Nibs

Loved by calligraphers and comic book inkers alike, the Nikko G Nibs are extremely smooth, high quality, hand cut, chrome plated Japanese nibs that provide smooth flexability and exceptional line variation. 

$1.33 each



Shinola Journals

Shinola Journals

Shinola, making an investment in skill, at scale. Creating a community that will thrive through excellence of craft and pride of work. Reclaiming the making of things that are made well. And defining American luxury through American quality. 

FLAX is proud to carry Shinola's line of linen hard & soft cover American-made journals featuring smyth sewn binding—a superior binding technique that greatly improves overall durability and extends the lifespan of the journal, while enabling the pages to lie perfectly flat. Handcrafted in Ann Arbor, MI, from all US-sourced components, including acid-free paper from sustainably-managed American forests. Includes elastic closure and bookmark ribbon.

Available in soft, hard and paper covers, in sizes 3.75x5.5, 5.25x8.25 and 7x9 $6.75 - $19.95


img-1104-6.jpgRickshaw DigiPrint Totesrickshaw-tote-30.jpg

There's no better way to show your love for beautiful California than with Rickshaw Totes. Available in new stylish Digiprints and classic cotton canvas styles, they feature two wide nylon straps making them perfect for daily errands and trips to the grocery store. Each bag is printed, cut and sewn right here in San Francisco!

Several California and Bay Area themed designs to choose from - Canvas styles-$25, DigiPrints-$40




Regal Fine Pens

Regal Curio provides fountain pens, roller pens, and ballpoint pens made from the highest quality materials. With over 35 years of research and development, Regal is a tool for inspiration. Their pens reignite the enthusiasm for penmanship in a world where handwriting is almost obsolete. Drawing from designers across the globe, each series features astonishing attention to detail and eye-catching designs.

Regal Curio was originally created by Andy Chen in 1979. While studying design and business management in London, Andy became inspired by the building architecture of the city. Passionate about writing and reading, he became inspired to develop his own writing instruments. Regal Curio was born.

Available in Ballpoint, Rollerball, and Fountain Pen styles $18.75 - $62.50



Lumen Presentation Books by Pina Zangaro

Pina's newest line of presentation books is here. Made of a new matte-both-sides acrylic in two colors (Glacier & Polar) with nylon sailcloth binding and no metal rivets or hinges, Lumen has a subtle, sophisticated, urban look. We think it’s going to become one of Pina's best-selling signature styles and are thrilled to be introducing it.

Available in several sizes, both portrait and landscape - $72.00 - $96.00



Rainbow Makers

Fill your room with a swirl of dazzling rainbows! Solar powered, simply stick the Rainbow Maker to a window that receives direct sunlight. The crystal will rotate and create beautiful rainbows that move around the room. Brings good Chi into your home according to Feng Shui.

Available with single and double crystals - $39.00 - $49.95




Critter Windups

Essentially a no form follows no function object designed by Chico Bicalho, Critters were conceived by chance at a studio in NYC using vintage Japanese gearboxes from the 1950's. As Chico continued to travel around the world, more and more Critters have been spawned along the way, growing into a collection of over 16 unique, fun and entertaining windup robots. Find a critter that fits your whimsy at FLAX. $13 - $18



The Log PillowThe Log PillowsBirch Log Pillow

Saw some logs with The Log Pillow. It looks like a log, but is actually a comfortable pillow for resting your head with its custom-contouring microbead fill. Lightweight and great for travel and home use, it's available in pine and birch. $19.85




Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink

Pilot continues their long tradition of excellence with one of the finest fountain pen inks available. Iroshizuku inks are lush and so noticeably smooth, your pen will feel rejuvenated. Enjoy Japan's rich and subtle color aesthetic. Each of the 17 lush colors derives its name from the expressions of beautiful Japanese natural landscapes and plants, all of which contribute to the depth of each individual color.

50ml bottle - $35.00


The One Dollar Paper SaleThe One Dollar Paper Sale

Passionate about beautiful paper? Paper lovers can rejoice because FLAX is having a huge $1.00 sale going on now, with over 150 styles of decorative papers to choose from.

Our sweeping collection of papers come from around the globe - from fine Italian Florentine prints to exotic Thai Batiks, delicate Japanese Lace papers to ornate Filigree & Embroidered designs handmade in India. The selection is a visual, tactile delight.

Not only are these select papers a steal at $1, they can be used for a variety of projects. Ideal for collage, mixed media, card making, book arts or for wrapping up that special gift, you are certain to find a paper that suits your needs.

This inventory reduction sale on select papers is ongoing and always changing - don't miss it!

Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates

Gelli Plates

For monoprinting without a press! These gel plates are always ready to print. They are easy to clean, easy to care for, and will last for years when used and stored properly.

Best for use with acrylic paints, Gelli Arts plates are great for kids too (though the process can be messy!)

1) Remove clear film and apply paint to the plate
2) Roll paint into a this layer with a brayer
3) Create designs by pressing textured objects into wet paint
4) Lay paper onto painted surface
5) Gently rub paper with hands to transfer paint
6) Pull paper from printing plate to reveal print

3"x5" - $14.95
5"x7" - 22.95
8"x10" - $34.50



Stance Socks

Stance Designer Socks

Hip, creative, original, artistic, mercurial and effortlessly cool, we have dozens of styles of Stance socks for both men and women. The Stance design philosophy believes in expression and function. Expression that creates an emotional visual connection and function that also provides comfort and performance. The result - outstanding socks!
$14.00 - $18.00 each






Fiber Arts Department!

fiber-arts.jpgWe are thrilled to present to our customers a new Fiber Arts department here at Flax! Just in time for the holidays, the Fiber Arts department has everything you need to create woven or textile treasures. Featuring all things fiber, you'll find items for knitting, felting, crossstitching and more.

Find your ideal yarn from an array of colors and thickness that range from comfy Shetland Chunky to sleek Silk Bamboo Yarn. We carry a variety of fibers including wool, acrylic, cotton blend, and silk. For bright multicolored yarn check out Red Heart's which are great for kids! 

Originating in Japan, Clover's top quality notions include bamboo Takumi Knitting Needles, Takumi Crochet Hooks, and many more innovative tools. Knitting and crocheting sets are also available and make great gifts! 

Buy sturdy felts from Dimensions in bulk, rolls, or create your own felt artwork with Dimension's roving packs felting foam and needles. Our Needle Felting Animal Kits are an excellent introduction to Fiber Arts and at a great value, too! 

Embroidery Floss packs from Prism features a spectrum of dazzling colors that will add flair to any project. Use them with our Wood Embroidery Hoops, that come in 2 different sizes, and Aida Cloth for traditional cross stitch. For something different, try stistching into our bright and colorful Fat Quarters.    

Whether dyeing natural or synthetic fibers, Jacquard will surely have the right dye for your project. We have Lumiere, Neopaque, iDye, Procion, and more, all designed to give artists more color options on a variety of materials. Our Indigo Dye Kits make easy work of an ancient process.

Kids can create, too! We have many engaging kits that have everything you need to inspire  young artists including Jacquard Tie Dye Kits, Klutz knitting kits, and Keppi Crochet Hat Kit. Melissa and Doug's Weaving Loom is perfect for beginners! 

Discover all the possibilities of Fiber Arts in our store or buy online.

Come see our new department for yourself in our Market St. store!


Gelly Roll Pens

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Just in time for holiday card making, we've brought in a brand new display of Gelly Roll pens. As they say, ice cream smooth, in 67 flavors!

Now celebrating 30 years, the Gelly Roll was the first gel ink pen to hit the market in 1984. They've mastered gel ink technology to offer a variety of colors, opaqueness and special effects, including medium and fine point Classic gel ink, Metallic, sparkly Stardust, dual color Silver Shadow and Gold Shadow, and bright and creamy Moonlight.

Come in and try them. Fun awaits! $1.27 - $1.49 each  Buy Online

Looking for some inpsiration? At gellyroll.com, any of their 12 DIY videos will get you excited.
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Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Pen

In this fast paced world, having the right tools at hand is crucial, and the Monteverde One Touch Tool pen brings 9 tools in one premium quality writing instrument. This all-in-one tool pen is a heavy weight, 6-sided barrel pen featuring a pen at one end and a screen stylus at the other.  Under the stylus top are Philips and flat head screwdrivers, while on the barrel is a built-in level, a ruler, and three different scale functions.  A chiseled spring clip holds the pen securely in pockets and is ready to handle any job! 

Available as either a Soft-Roll ballpoint pen, or a fountain pen with a medium point steel nib for smooth writing.

Ballpoint - $30
Fountain - $50

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Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Pen

Wafer LED Lightboxes

Wafer Light Box

The most portable and lightweight lightbox on the market, the Wafer is only 3/8″ thick! It features dimmable LEDs and provides an even spread of light from edge to edge. The Wafer is powered by an AC adapter and is very low heat making it safe to use on virtually any surface. This versatile lightbox is ideal for calligraphy, stenciling, embossing, embroidery, and so much more.

Available in two sizes, and each has an integrated black border that is flush with the work surface and graduated on two sides. AC adapter included.

Wafer 1 – tracing area 9″ x 12.5″, weight 1.95 lbs, $149.99
Wafer 2 – tracing area 12.5″ x 17″, weight 3.5 lbs, $249.99


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