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  • Acrylic Best Practices

  • Packing for Plein Air Success

    Take it outside! We asked eight plein air artists from BC to share what they bring into the field. For painters and sketchers, first-timers and seasoned plein air artists alike, their lists offer a helpful starting point to preparing for a season of outdoor art adventures! ...Read more

  • Our Top 5 Picks for 2015

  • Last Minute Gift Ideas!

    Whether you're shopping for the seasoned artist or a new creative enthusiast, we're here to help!

    Find great gifts for painters, sketchers, sculptors and more, and ease your last minute shopping with fun and inspiring ideas for all the creative people in your life....Read more

  • 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.

    FOR THE GALLERY:...Read more

  • 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