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Just Practice

Get inspired to practice daily with a quote from Vincent van Gogh! Watch A Step Forward: Just Practice with Aska Djikia as she lends her hand lettering skills to his timeless words about the importance of practice.

We hope it helps spur you on to continue with your daily practice through to the end of our February Opus Daily Practice Challenge... and beyond!

PLUS, be sure to read Aska's article, A Beginner's Journey to Hand Lettering, for tips on getting started. You can also see what other Opus Daily Practice participants are doing with hand lettering by following #opuslettering and #opushandlettering tags on Instagram....Read more

Opus Daily Practice Challenge

The Opus Daily Practice Challenge returns February 1–28, 2017!


January resolutions can be tough – the holiday season, a new year, plus 31 days. It's too much! But don't worry, February follows with enough time passed that you are renewed and ready to take action, and with an easy 28 days to make art a part of your daily life.

Challenge yourself to create daily for 28 days with Opus Daily Practice, making your art practice a priority wherever your days may take you – the studio, kitchen table or living room, in the park or at a coffee shop, or on-the-go....Read more

Why Varnish?

The final step in a painter’s process is one of the most important: varnishing....Read more

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2017

Seasoned plein air painters & novice artists who love the great outdoors. Groups of friends looking for a creative activity & families celebrating spring a painting picnic. You are all invited to the Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 10 am – 6 pm!

Stay tuned for criteria, painting zone maps, and more!...Read more

Getting to the Core of Graphite

Getting to the Core of Graphite

The graphite pencil is ubiquitous, a staple everywhere from the classroom, studio, and office, to the beginner’s toolbox and the professional’s collection....Read more

Smart Printing: From Phone to Home

Smart Printing: From Phone to HomeThe best camera is the one that’s with you,” Chase Jarvis....Read more

Watch & Win!

Watch and Win!

Out of 473 entries, Justina E. was selected as the winner of our $1000 prize pack!

Our top video of 2016, as chosen by the viewers, is Just Practice with Kyrra Kosar! Watch the video for inspiration, and join us for the Opus Daily Practice Challenge, beginning February 1st. Click here for details.

#opusdailypractice challenge: Join us for 28 days in February, 2017...Read more


Charles van Sandwyk: Illustrator, Writer, Wanderer

You are invited to peek into the whimsical, magical world of Charles van Sandwyk, sitting down by the fire to be inspired by his love of storytelling!

We visited this beloved artist and author to discover how illustration, etching, watercolour, and book-binding by hand play into his work. See his process come alive as Charles transports you to his magical home studio in North Vancouver, where elves, fairies, and woodland creatures are conjured up to impart ancient lessons from the tales of old....Read more

A Brief History of Acrylics

This versatile & beloved medium is a relative newcomer to the art world. Did you know that the oldest acrylic painting is less than 100 years old?

Though they are one of the of the most popular products on our shelves, acrylic paints have had a short history. Relative to other beloved painting media like oil
and watercolour, both of which have been around for centuries, acrylics have
only been in popular use since the mid-20th century....Read more