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Oregon Leather

One of my favorite stores to visit. Lots of interesting stuff and the best informed staff anywhere if you have a question about leather and related topics. Be sure to visit upstairs, too. Saddle making supplies can often be used in book binding.

110 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97209

(503) 228-4105


TAP Plastics

If you need a sheet of acrylic, or just anything to do with plastic. They have it.

2842 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

Open: Mon-Fri 8:30 to 6, Sat 9 to 5.

Phone: 503.230.0770


The Merri Artist Art Supply Store

An excellent art supply store in McMinnville? Yes! They have a wide range of supplies packed into a small space. They will order things for you as they have a big mail order business. Discounts for teachers and students.

321 NE Baker Street McMinnville, OR 97128

Toll Free: 866-472-1684

Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm

Saturday from 10pm to 5pm.

Northwest Magnet

Tiny storefront with great selection of magnets of all sizes and strengths. Be polite. Show your respect to the magnets by bringing a small piece of metal to carry your purchases home.

508 N. Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97227

Kelly Paper

If you need a ream of paper, this bare-bones warehouse is where to go. Kelly paper sells paper to professionals, but they are helpful and you can buy just a few sheets to test. I am fan of the Cougar papers and buy it by the 11x17 ream. Don't miss the sale table. Regretfully, they no longer carry sheets of tyvek, but will order it for you.Helpful staff. You can order parent-size paper cut to size. Easy parking.

925 SE Clay St, Portland, OR 97214

Veritiv Paper (formerly Paper Plus)

A professional supplier of paper in reams of paper, boxes of envelopes. Helpful staff. You can order parent-size paper cut to size. I heard a rumor that they carry tyvek.

120 NE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Pacific Coast Sign Supply

This low-profile store is where Portland's sign painters buy their supplies. Fascinating array of sign making things. One-Shot Paint for sign painting. (I just get the smallest tin), corrugated plastic sheets. and every width of masking tape. Be careful of looking into the glass cases by the cash registers, for that's where where they keep slender handmade brushes that you will want to own. Historic signs decorate the walls.

940 SE 7th Ave,Portland, OR  97214 


Scrap is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior. Scrap does that by accepting donations of all sorts of odd stuff that can find its way into your art projects at extremely low prices. I always check out their papers. It is easy to get distracted and end up with a heavy basket loaded with stuff that only costs you $6 at checkout.

1736 SW Alder Street, Portland, OR  97205



My favorite


In Portland and vicinity

Columbia Art & Drafting

Excellent art supply store in Portland. Big paper selection, bookbinding supplies, calligraphy supplies and inks. The folks at this store specially cut and package Gilbert Bond for use in calligraphy. Best selection of book board in town. They often have great sales on their wide range of portfolios and other zippered bags and aprons. (I think they make these items on site.)

1515 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

(503) 232-2216

Artist & Craftsman Supply

Very good all around art supply store. Helpful knowledgeable staff. Lots of ink choices. Two locations in Portland. Worker owned and operated.Well-informed and helpful staff.

3393 SE 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97202

My favorite is the store located at 2906 N Lombard Street

The Accidental Bookmaker

Best book arts supply shop in the Northwest by far. Well worth the trip to Forest Grove. Besides great supplies, owner and book artist, Patty Grass, offers a variety of super-organized workshops on a wide range of book binding topics. Patty also runs Green Heron Press that has an excellent selection of book art kits.

(I always call first to make sure they are open before making the 40 minute drive there. They have regular hours, but as Forest Grove seems to be almost in another country, I always assume they will be celebrating some sort of holiday unknown to us in Portland.)

1928 21st Ave # A, Forest Grove, OR 9711

(503) 357-7263

Oblation Papers & Press

Lovely store to visit. In-house presses and paper making. Small, but good selection of decorative papers, linen thread by the yard, bone folders, ink in elegant bottles, other book arts & calligraphy supplies.

516 NW 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209


Paper Source

Excellent selection of imported decorated papers, various supplies and tempting trinkets. Don't miss the special occasion envelopes upstairs.

638 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

(503) 226-8000


McLains Printmaking Supplies

Excellent selection of Japanese papers and other rare supplies.

Mail order only. Located near Tigard, but does not have a store front. Will deliver to the PNCA Library if you request it.


Collage Art Supply Store

I always enjoy walking into the Collage on Alberta Street. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the store is full of interesting stuff. I love their big selection of pencils. I usually go there to buy waxed linen thread. They have the biggest selection in town, and you can buy it by the yard. There are three locations in Portland.


The best thing about Blick is that it is handy, open late-ish, and Ping loves their dog treats. Locations in the Pearl and Beaverton. (Not at all as good as our beloved ART MEDIA, which they purchased as part of bringing their brand to Portland, but many of the former Art Media and Utrect staff work there and are very helpful and kind.)


Be careful when buying book arts supplies at Blick that are in sealed packages. Besides being overpriced, sometimes they are already cut into two pieces which can derail a project. They do not carry any large book board, only small overpriced pieces sealed in plastic. Go to Columbia Art & Drafting to get book board.




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