Best Art Supply Stores In Tampa Bay

February 5, 2014 8:00 AM

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Creating beautiful works of art can be an incredibly satisfying, therapeutic endeavor. Whether you are starting a new hobby or enjoying an old one, Tampa Bay-area art supply stores have just what you need. Here are some of the best picks from around the Bay.

AOE Art Supply
12908 N. 56th St.
Tampa, FL 33617
(813) 989-0302

AOE has just about anything you could ever need to feed your art habit. Paintbrushes, air brushes, canvases, drawing supplies, easels, fabric painting supplies and pastels are just a few of the things you’ll discover lining the shelves. There are also items created specifically for children, such as child-size easels and colorful stickers. AOE also offers art classes presented by local artist Pat Weaver where you can learn techniques in painting, watercolors or acrylics. All class supplies can be purchased right at AOE for convenient one-stop shopping.

The Upcycle Trading Company
2937 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(813) 421-1580

What is “upcycling,” you ask? According to Wikipedia, upcycling is “the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.” In short, it means taking something you may have otherwise thrown away, such as wine corks, old clothing or old magazines, and using it for a new purpose, such as arts and crafts. The Upcycle Trading Company accepts donations of all kinds of items, including old textiles, bottle caps, broken costume jewelry, buttons and much more, and will give you store credit for the purchase of other items. This will help you manage your own crafting inventory, reduce clutter and use only what you need, as well as keep costs down.

Color Me Mine
1609 W. Snow Circle
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 258-8368

If ceramics is your passion, then Color Me Mine is your store. This fun activity for both kids and adults can help you make customized decorations for your home or create timeless keepsakes. Plain ceramic items, such as bowls, statues and boxes, wait on the shelf to be selected by customers. Then, you paint and personalize your item right in the store. Your creation is briefly fired in a kiln and then is yours to keep. Color Me Mine offers children’s party packages, bridal party packages, date night activities and more.

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Art Cove
14202 Cypress Terrace
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 908-0755

This artists’ haven has just about anything you could ever imagine for the creative minded. In addition to drawing, painting and other visual art supplies, Art Cove is also stocked with jewelry making, candle making, needle arts and floral supplies. Any supplies can be ordered online through the store’s website or can be purchased at the retail location.

The Art Supply Store
2429 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 491-3099

St. Petersburg is rich in art and culture, so it comes as no surprise that The Art Supply Store is thriving. It carries high-quality brands, such as Mod Podge, Academy, Jacquard and MaimeriBlu for serious artists that want to create serious art. Here, you will find supplies for painting, drawing, watercolors, calligraphy and more. The store also puts on juried art shows in which participants can win awards for their creations.

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