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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.

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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

  • Introduction to Acrylic Pouring

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

  • Urban Sketching Techniques

    Let your surroundings be the inspiration to tell your own watercolour story!...Read more

  • Just Practice

    Join artist and Opus Daily Practice participant Sharon Leung for an afternoon painting pandas in the park!

    Sharon has always been creative, but she started getting back into daily practice thanks to our challenge. Between the daily prompts for inspiration and a creative community that embraced her via social media, Sharon is evolving her skills and making some cute pandas while she's at it.

    Watch Just Practice with Sharon Leung and get inspired by her experience in taking on a daily practice. Need a place to start? Join our Opus Daily Practice this Feb 1 - 28 and join us in making art a solid part of our daily routines!...Read more

  • Oil Techniques: Painting en Plein Air

    What makes your heart skip a beat and say, "I have to paint this!"? Every painter is searching for the magic — that special something that compels you to bring a subject to life with a brush and canvas.

    Sheree Jones shares some of the techniques she employs to capture that magic while painting in oils en plein air in the Opus video, Oil Techniques: Painting en Plein Air. Learn how starting with a value sketch compensates for changing light, how not painting all details can invite the viewer to explore a part of the painting, and more!...Read more

  • How to Varnish an Acrylic Painting

    Keep your artwork looking as good as the day it was completed by learning how to apply a varnish layer!...Read more

  • Charles van Sandwyk: Illustrator, Writer, Wanderer

    You are invited to peek into the whimsical, magical world of Charles van Sandwyk, sitting down by the fire to be inspired by his love of storytelling!

    We visited this beloved artist and author to discover how illustration, etching, watercolour, and book-binding by hand play into his work. See his process come alive as Charles transports you to his magical home studio in North Vancouver, where elves, fairies, and woodland creatures are conjured up to impart ancient lessons from the tales of old....Read more

  • Score, Fold, Stitch: Designing Your Own Sketchbook

    To watch Score, Fold, Stitch on our YouTube Channel, click here.

    Score, fold and stitch the way to your own handmade sketchbook!

    Join Nadine Werner, master bookbinder, paper artist, and designer for Paper-Oh Notebooks, as she demonstrates some of the easy techniques she uses for creating sketchbooks with glue free bindings. Whether you work in graphite, watercolour, or a variety of mediums, designing your own personalized sketchbook is a fun way to make something that can meet your specific needs....Read more