Mix Your Media

September 29, 2011

It starts with digital artwork. That can mean everything from a digital photograph, illustration, or collage to a scanned image of an original fine art piece or photograph taken on film. The next step is selecting the type of surface to print on – one that best suits your image, the processes you wish to further apply to the print, and how you intend to display the finished work.

Opting to print on canvas offers a wealth of possibilities. Have it stretched and the print is ready to frame or simply hang as is. Or use the canvas, stretched or unstretched, as a base for further expression. Add gels and mediums to change the quality of the surface; apply paints, paper, metal leaf, stitches, 3D elements – whatever you can imagine the canvas to act as a support for; mount the canvas print to a rigid substrate such as wood cradled panels or illustration board; even cut your print up and assemble it back together or use cut elements in an assemblage.

With over 20 fine art digital papers to choose from at Opus and the creative possibilities of photo editing and illustration software, your print can be a work of art with no further embellishment. It can also be a vehicle for further experimentation. One of a kind works emerge with the addition of soft watercolour washes or bold acrylic colours; add warmth and character with pastels and charcoal; sand away some of the image for a distressed look; cut away parts of the paper or sculpt it into a 3-dimensional shape; mount the image on a card to create a special handmade greeting or onto aluminum panels for a contemporary display of your work; apply a traditional printing technique, such as silkscreen or monoprinting over the digital print for unique multi-print effect.

Our service is an ideal vehicle for photography yet it offers you options beyond those found with traditional photo finishing. The archival pigment-based inks and myriad of surface options allow the artistic process to continue past the moment of capture and time spent in digital darkroom. Select a rag paper for soft focus photos to achieve the feeling of a watercolour or gloss photo paper for slick and strong imagery; use your giclée print as the base for further embellishments such as handcolouring with pencil crayons, inks and paints; add a photo component to your paintings, allowing the image to act as the underlying sketch for your brushwork; apply handmade and decorative papers to incorporate colourful and textural elements for a photo-based mixed media piece.

Fine art digital printing offers traditional artists and photographers exciting new ways to make and share their art. Visit Opus and begin your exploration of the possibilities this exciting medium can bring to your practice.

Paper prints now available at all stores!
Printing on canvas is offered at all our stores and, in October 2011, a wide selection of Canson and Moab fine art digital papers become available as well. We’re also introducing prints mounted on Opus Aluminum Mounting Panel, an archival, non-warping substrate that results in clean, contemporary presentation of your work.

Our Digital Printing Service allows you to influence resulting print with the size of print you need and what surface will best suit your work. Print on canvas with or without borders, stretched or unstretched, and choose the type of corners you want for stretched pieces. We also offer 20% off a DIY custom frame for your piece when you order the print and frame at the same time.

The Opus Digital Printing Service is available at our six stores throughout BC: Downtown Vancouver, Granville Island, North Vancouver, Langley, Kelowna and Victoria. See opusartsupplies.com/locations for store locations and contact information.