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  • 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

  • Solvent-Free Oil Painting

    Cobra Water Mixable Oils

    Health and safety is a major concern for artists, and many people avoid painting with oils to avoid complications. Solvents, even odourless mineral spirits, require sufficient ventilation. The fumes can be irritating and are toxic, with some artists intolerant to them. However, oil painting can be done without using any solvents at all....Read more

  • Making the Stretch

    Selection of canvas and linen

    DIY and Custom Canvas

    The history of bespoke canvas, stretching your own, and using the Opus Custom Stretched Canvas Service to create a surface tailored to your specifications. ...Read more

  • Using Yupo

    Watercolour on Yupo by Vi Wawrykow.

    A synthetic paper that garners unique results. Three artists discuss using traditional media on this contemporary, 21st century surface for exciting and unpredictable results.

    Browse through the paper drawers at Opus and you may discover a smooth, matte paper unlike any you’ve used before. Made of 100% recyclable polypropylene, Yupo Synthetic Paper is a dimensionally stable, tree-free paper with a neutral pH. Its ultra smooth, bright white surface has a unique look that reflects light, keeping colours vivid....Read more

  • Against the Grain

    Cradled Panels

    Painting on wood is a practice that has existed for centuries and it’s easy to see why this surface has maintained its popularity. Wood offers a durability that flexible surfaces can’t. The rigidity prevents the artwork from cracking and protects it from being torn or dented. Panels also lend themselves beautifully to media that benefit from a rigid surface, such as encaustic work....Read more

  • A Weighty Issue

    lbs vs. gsm – which gives you the most accurate picture of paper weight?

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  • Not-so Neutral Grey

    Fine art digital print framed in a custom DIY BOD Molding and Chai mat

    The latest trend in framing sees the rise of this cool, matte shade to give a neutral impact on the work it surrounds for a stylish finish that is anything but neutral. Whether you want to let the bright colours of a painting pop or to continue the monochromatic look of black and white photographs, this versatile frame is up for the job. ...Read more