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Science & Art Unite! Daniel Smith Watercolors

Get a behind–the–scenes look at the raw materials used to produce some of your favourite watercolours!

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Opus!


Whether you could use some assistance selecting that special gift for all the creative individuals on your list, or want to make a difference to the creatives in your community, the staff at Opus are your Holiday resource.


Celebrated photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... they are made with the eye, heart and head”. So it is with all art, and with the business of providing art supplies and services....Read more

Ross den Otter: Photographer / Mixed Media Artist

Photographer, mixed media artist, and teacher Ross den Otter began experimenting with fine art materials on his photographs after being inspired by a local artist in the Eastside Culture Crawl. After years of being immersed in the arts, he used this experience to explore and develop a multitude of processes for taking his photographs beyond the JPEG.

Ross now balances his commercial photography practice, teaching at VanArts and Vancouver Photo Workshops, along with creating his mixed media artwork....Read more

Just Add Colour - #OpusColour

Colouring has become a wonderful creative outlet for millions, as adults the world over are discovering how it can improve your focus, allow for moments of relaxation and connection, and that it’s a perfect way to experiment with a host of materials.

Give it a try for yourself – both with free colouring pages and a chance to win an amazing colouring prize pack.

1. Download a Free Colouring Page!

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Blythe Scott: Mixed Media Artist

Victoria mixed media artist, Blythe Scott's, artwork depicts the wonder, beauty, and emotional essence of the places she has been. Originally from Scotland, Blythe is drawn to the textures of the urban landscape, frequently scaling rocky hills and parking garages to get a birds eye view of the landscapes she wishes to portray....Read more

Just Add Colour

Colouring books have grown up!

A relaxing, therapeutic, and remarkably fun activity, colouring books have made a comeback with adults worldwide. We visited Vancouver artist Sandeep Johal in her home studio to talk about this creative craze and how it is influencing artists and newcomers alike....Read more

Into the Studio with Brandy Masch

Are you ready to take the leap into making art full-time? Brandy Masch has recently done just that, stepping away from her day job at Opus Kelowna to dedicate her days to her art career. She shared her path with us, outlining the steps she has taken to get to this exciting milestone. Read on to gather ideas and inspiration for your own journey!...Read more

Experiments in Mixed Media

Ignite your creativity in fresh new ways! Discover techniques for pushing artistic boundaries by watching Experiments in Mixed Media Part 1: Sketchbooks, Graphite and Yupo (above) & Experiments in Mixed Media Part 2: Yupo, India Ink and Pitt Pens (below). with artist, teacher, public speaker and author, Nancy Crawford....Read more

Sublimation Printing

Stunning & Strong: Sublimation Printing is now at Opus!

Modern, bold, & tough as nails: sublimation printing on white & clear-coated aluminium panels is now available through the Opus Fine Art Digital Printing Service. ...Read more

Special Opus + Gamblin Event: Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials with Scott Gelatly

Note – July 22, 2015: Both these demonstrations are now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!


Since their founding, Gamblin Artists Colors has handcrafted luscious oil colours and contemporary mediums true to the working properties of traditional materials, yet safer & more permanent.

Gamblin’s dedication to today’s oil painters extends beyond offering the finest possible materials – Gamblin believes in sharing their knowledge so painters can choose those materials that best support their own artistic visions.

In this lecture-demonstration, you will learn:...Read more