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Opus Videos

Our Opus Video Library has over 100 videos filmed with local artists offering both art instruction in our how-to videos and a glimpse into their studios and process in our mini-documentaries.

You'll also get glimpses into Opus-led and creative community events, as well as information on Opus-brand products and services to help you take your art practice further.

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  • Surface Preparation: Sizing & Gesso

    Colin Mitchell from Opus Langley demonstrates how easy it is to take control of your artwork right from the start by sizing and priming your canvas with gesso. Using a combination of Golden's GAC 400 and 100 for the size and our own Opus Gesso, Colin ensures his canvas will stand the test of time. Watch the video and learn how you can begin taking those extra steps towards a completely customized final piece....Read more

  • Oil Painting Techniques: Glaze & Cold Wax Medium

    Pierre Giroux from Opus Granville Island continues to perfect the painting he began in his previous video, Introduction to Oil Painting. In this informative How-To video, Pierre demonstrates how you can enhance your underpainting using glazes and cold wax medium techniques, adding texture and visual depth.

    Watch the video to see Pierre’s process and the final results!...Read more

  • Fearless Nature with Marilyn Hunt

    BC artist Marilyn Hunt's creative expression focuses on the small, often unnoticed details of nature. She actively seeks the beauty in the everyday and her interest lies in visually sharing this with her viewers to facilitate an engagement with the organic world.

    Marilyn primarily creates Mixed Media paintings using acrylics, oils, wax, and graphite. Her quest in exploring new products is to create bold textured surfaces that best represent the message from nature she wishes to convey.

    Watch Marilyn as she express her Fearless Nature in the video above and read the full exclusive article below....Read more

  • How To: Introduction to Oil Painting

    Pierre Giroux from Opus Granville Island demonstrates how you can use your oil paints to produce stunning results with depth and clarity. He shares his approach, techniques, and preferred materials in this informative Opus How-To Video.

    Watch the video to see Pierre’s process and the final results!...Read more

  • Animated Imagination with Jeff Chiba Stearns

    Jeff Chiba Stearns is a Vancouver based, multi award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker. His love of pen, paper, and story is the driving force behind his creative pursuits as he continually strives to inspire others to create. Known for his award-winning animated short Yellow Sticky Notes, Jeff pushed his creative boundaries as an animator when he took upon the task of animating the whole film on Post-It notes. ...Read more

  • Staff Picks: Our Favourite Art Supplies

    Opus Staff share the art materials and tools they love working with in their art practices!

    We all have those favourite materials and tools that are a pleasure to work with but have you ever stopped to wonder why they are so special to you? We posed this question to some of the staff at Opus and the responses were as varied as materials chosen as their favourites.

    Watch the video, get inspired, and share your picks below!...Read more

  • Studio Easels at Opus

    Nicoli Moir, from Opus Art Supplies in Langley BC, highlights the features and benefits of some of our favourite Studio Easels in six quick and informative videos.

    Whether you’re wanting to expand your practice by working larger, diving into the realm of mixed media, or simply wish to paint on a sturdy surface, one of these easels will surely meet your needs!

    Watch the videos below or click on the links to watch them in our online store to also view detailed information about each easel.

    Richeson Lyptus Wood Sante Fe II Easel (see video above) ...Read more

  • Dream Studio with Alan Wylie

    Alan Wylie (CSPWC, AWS DF, SFCA, NWWS, CIPA, CWA, LWS) has had a long journey in his painting career to obtain the status and studio he has now. From painting in an old chicken coup, to a garage in the middle of winter with socks on his hands, to working in dark basements and kitchen tables; Alan has weathered it all in his quest to obtain a fulfilling career in painting.

    After working in these challenging spaces, Alan was finally able to build his dream studio at his current home in historic Fort Langley. Watch Dream Studio for an exclusive look inside his work space as he shares his story and insights into his practice. ...Read more

  • How-To: Introduction to Screen Printing

    With preparation and quality materials, screen printing can be easy as pie! Marsha Arbour, Manager of Opus Art Supplies in Victoria, reveals the step-by-step techniques for creating a simple 3-colour screen print with stencils....Read more

  • The Printers’ Mark

    Joey MacDonald is one of the directors of the Olio Artists & Workers Cooperative, a printmaking cooperative established in 2007. As a graphic designer, Joey found his influence in his passion for screen-printing and music. Watch the video above to see all of the Olio’s facilities and the screen-printing process in action!

    Read the full exclusive article below for more insight into the screen-printing process....Read more