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  • Framing It Up For 2014


    The right frame is the finishing touch to your artwork, complimenting both the art and the space where it will hang. Like other areas of design and décor, there are distinct trends in framing. Whether you’re preparing your art for a gallery or hanging personal memories in your living room, keeping up with the latest looks can enhance your image and make it the perfect addition to any space.

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  • Digital Printing At Home

    Take your photos beyond the JPEG with Fine Art digital papers - at home!

    Whether you use a DSLR, a point and shoot, or your mobile phone’s camera, you’ve likely taken photos that have only been seen on a display screen. Bring the images and memories you’ve captured to life with digital fine art papers and your home printer.

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  • The Art of the Frame – Opus Plein Air Frames

    Our plein air frames feature your works of art on stretched canvas and canvas panel, digital prints on canvas, and cradled wood panels beautifully with clean lines that add presence, frame construction that provides protection, and a value that lasts.

    Read on to learn more about Opus exclusive plein air frames....Read more

  • From the Ground UP

    Much like building a home, creating a solid foundation for your artwork ensures the structure is well supported. Without this preparation, not only is the final look of the work potentially affected, but the foundation itself can cause and hasten its breakdown.

    In painting, a carefully prepared surface helps seal the support material from the paint layers, ensuring that issues of support induced discoloration (from the natural acids found in wood stretchers and surfaces) or possible canvas rot do not eventually effect the look of the finished work or its structural integrity. A well prepared surface also helps your chosen medium bond well to the substrate beneath it and prevents unnecessary loss of paint through absorption into the substrate material.

    Selecting the right type and combination of foundation layers begins with the your personal preference of the kind of support you wish to paint and your painting media. Time spent in preparation can be the difference between your painting lasting decades or centuries. Continue reading for a primer in surface preparation and visit your local Opus for assistance in choosing the right combination for your next piece....Read more

  • The Art of the Frame - Opus Frames for works on Canvas

    The heart of our framing philosophy at Opus to offer simple, elegant, and economical options that enhance the look and value of any work of art.

    Our frames beautifully feature your works of art on canvas and canvas prints with clean lines that add presence, frame construction that provides protection, and a value that lives on and on. Read on to learn more about our selection of frames found only at Opus....Read more

  • Build on Your Basics

    Can you say with confidence you’ve got the right colour palette to realize your creative vision? Do you know using a professional grade paint can result in a cost savings? A fresh new year calls for a refresher in the fundamentals of paint!...Read more

  • Sharing Works

    Send a message that is sure to get a stamp of approval! Begin with blank greeting cards and create multiple images using your favourite media and techniques - hand-pulled prints, creative photography, one-off watercolour creations - and greet the world with your art in folded form....Read more

  • To Frame or not to Frame?

    “Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.” — G.K. Chesterton. If that were true, what is driving the popularity of unframed mounting and canvas wraps?

    Conventionally, framing protects and enhances artwork. Proper framing of your artwork will ensure it has a long life free from damage that can be caused by touch, light, insects, moisture and movement. For an artist, a framed piece of artwork also increases its perceived value. Many galleries still request submissions for exhibitions to be framed. A frame separates the art from its surrounding space. Frank Zappa once said, “without this humble appliance, you can’t know where the art stops and the real world begins.”...Read more