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Watercolour Tips with Kristen Maduik

Join artist Kristen Maduik as she demonstrates some of her favourite tips and techniques for painting rocks, water, and moss while working outdoors with watercolour. Watch our short series of tips below and get inspired to take your watercolours outside this summer!

Tip #1 - Electrical Tape

Kristen mounts her watercolour paper using green painters tape, and then covers it to the edge of her painting area with black electricians tape. This helps her see the contrast, and paint more accurate values as the black tape lets her see her darkest dark against the white of the page. Give it a try with your next watercolour!...Read more

Practice Makes Perfect

Whether you call it practice or just the act of making - fill your life and your creativity by finding the magic in everything you do.

Our final video prompt for this month's Opus Daily Practice Challenge features artist Veronica Roth. Veronica has been creating ever since her aunt lent her art supplies as a child. Even if she doesn't finish a painting every day, she makes sure to create something every day, whether it's a drawing, a piece of writing, or a photograph. Anything and everything Veronica does, she tries to make it creative!

Watch Practice Makes Perfect with Veronica Roth above to see today's prompt, Vintage, come to life on classic ephemera and discover Veronica's trick to breaking out of a creative block (that costs less than a cup of coffee!)...Read more

Ola Volo: Illustrator & Mural Artist

Put the focus on YOUR artwork with inspiration from Ola Volo!

This full-time illustrator and mural artist shares how she creates her folklore-inspired art. Watch as she gives you an insider's look at her illustration process and how she extends that vision to create one of her signature murals, an adventurous piece that reflects the spirit of one her clients, Open Road Volkswagen....Read more

Make It Shine

Make It Shine

While scientists have theorized that our love of shiny objects stems from an evolutionary attraction to water, there’s no denying that we are drawn to things that shimmer and shine. To capture some of that twinkling goodness in your own work, here are a few products you can add to your repertoire. ...Read more

Creative Community Spotlight: Granville Island

Sharing the gift of creativity this holiday season? Visit Granville Island to find your favourite art supplies & gifts at Opus and shop from local artists and artisans, too!

Granville Island is truly the one-stop-destination for all things magical, particularly during the winter season. Offering a plentitude of fun activities, delicious foods, and artisanal shops, historic Granville Island contains everything people of all ages would need or want to prepare for and enjoy the holiday festivities while supporting local artists and businesses....Read more

Creative Services at Opus

Opus Creative Services: Custom DIY Picture Framing • Fine Art Digital Printing & Mounting • Custom Canvas, Panels,  & Stretcher Bar Frames

Crafted to your specifications, Opus Creative Services provide you with optimal control over your artwork, whether you are looking for a painting surface made to your specifications, top-quality fine art digital reproductions of your work, or a custom-crafted picture frame.

Click below to learn more about the services we offer at each of our stores....Read more



 

Introduction to Acrylic Pouring

Get your recipe books ready and start cooking up your own unique acrylic pours!...Read more

Take it Away: Discover the Magic of Erasers

Used for corrections, to remove sketched marks from a painting, and as a drawing medium in its own right, the seemingly simple eraser takes many forms in the hands of an artist. Since the first erasers became readily available over 170 years ago, this humble instrument has been developed to suit a multitude of media, papers, and techniques. An eraser’s main function is to remove pigment from surfaces, normally graphite from paper. When you draw with a pencil, the fibres in your paper give the graphite particles something to stick to; the key with erasers is they are “stickier” than the paper. As you rub it across the marks on your surface, the heat produced by the friction slightly softens the eraser, allowing the medium to stick to the eraser, lifting it from the page....Read more

Chart Your Creativity!

The sketchpad – redefined! We’re excited to announce the latest in pads and paper from the Chartpak family of brands.

Designed by some of the most passionate papermakers in the industry, these pads offer outstanding papers for every media. The covers tell the story of what’s inside: red for drawing, blue for painting, purple for markers, and orange for technical papers. And look for extra features like the In & Out™ pages and InkBlock™ panels, too!...Read more