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Our Top 5 Picks for 2015

Our Top 5 Picks for 2015

Find your inspiration for a full and invigorating year of creativity. We have assembled a list of our top 5 things to try in 2015. Experiment with a new paint, test out new grounds, and make this year’s practice a grand adventure!

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Pour, drip, spray, or paint. Fluid acrylics have the same high pigment load as their heavy-body counterparts, but with a lower viscosity that allows for smooth-flowing forms.

Whether you’re trying out our new Opus Essential Fluid Acrylic Colours, Golden’s High Flow or Fluid Colours, or Liquitex Acrylic Ink, you’re sure to break acrylic barriers with stunning motion in your work.

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Glamourize! A small amount of metallic leaf in a drawing, or blending pearlized powders into a mostly-matte painting can bring delight with shimmering details. Or go big and make metal the main element.

Add that dazzling touch to your next piece with Pearl Ex Pigments, Mona Lisa Gold Leafing, or metallic markers.

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Hand-lettering is hot! From sign painting to calligraphy to creating your own fonts, adding typographic elements by hand brings a distinctive and inimitable touch to any work.

Explore fine detail with the Tradio Fountain Pen, test out calligraphy pen holders and nibs, and fill crisp and bold lines with Molotow Markers.

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While primed cotton continues to reign as the favourite canvas for many painters, there are a number of other popular foundations to try this year. Introduce some variety to your surfaces with Belgian linen or a custom stretched canvas.

Take your watercolours off the page and onto canvas or panel with Daniel Smith’s Watercolor Ground or add depth and visual texture with a crackle medium. Looking for the best? Craft your next masterpiece on the Opus Finest Raw Stretched Canvas.

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Watercolours are a timeless favourite  but watermedia choices have expanded from tubes and pans. Freshen up your palette with new paints and papers to keep your practice flowing.

Show your true colours with Peerless Transparent Water Colors, or strive for more detail with Derwent Art Bars or Inktense Pencils.

Push yourself to practice daily – keep an Opus Finest Watercolour Pad, or experiment with mixed watermedia on Opus Watermedia Paper.