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Opus Daily Practice Challenge Returns February 1–28, 2019

The Opus Daily Practice Challenge returns with another round of daily creativity, February 1–28, 2019!

Kick start your art & grow your creative community with our 28-day creativity challenge beginning February 1!

Challenge yourself to create daily for 28 days with Opus Daily Practice, making your art practice a priority wherever your days may take you – the studio, kitchen table or living room, in the park or at a coffee shop, or on-the-go.

Sketch, draw, paint, collage, print, sculpt... you name it! Post your progress online with #opusdailypractice to connect with your fellow artists!

Click to download this year's Opus Daily Practice prompt list!

NEW THIS YEAR: Meet your peers at an Opus Daily Practice Challenge Meetup! Join us this year for our first ever official ODP Meetups to meet participating artists, see each others' sketchbooks, talk art, and share your Opus Daily Practice journey.

Opus Daily Practice Challenge Meetups
North Vancouver // March 2, 1–3pm at Gordon Smith Gallery
Langley // March 3, 1–3pm at Opus Langley
Kelowna // March 7, 3–5pm at Opus Kelowna
Coquitlam // March 7, 11:30am–1:30pm at Opus Coquitlam
Downtown Vancouver // March 8, 1–3pm at Opus Downtown Vancouver
Granville Island // March 9, 11am–1pm at Opus Granville Island
Victoria // March 9, 9:30–11:30am at Opus Victoria

→ Register to attend the Meetup nearest you!

#OpusDailyPractice Guidelines

Your goal is to get creative and have fun, so the guidelines are simple:

1. Practice your art every day. Paint, draw, colour, photograph, carve, fold, create! Your mission is to just practice so, whether you can set aside minutes or hours, be sure to engage your creativity daily.

2. Share your progress. Connect with your creative community via social media posts tagged with #opusdailypractice on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This will connect you with others participating in the challenge, providing support and inspiration!

  • Instagram: Tag your posts with #opusdailypractice and @opusartsupplies. Please note that we may not be able to see your posts if your Instagram account is not set to public.
  • Twitter: Tag your posts with #opusdailypractice.
  • Facebook: Post your daily images to the Opus Facebook Page as a comment to our daily posted prompts.

Not sure how to post on Social Media? We've created a quick guide to how to post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Have a look at our Posting Your Opus Daily Practice Entries on Social Media Guide. If you need further assistance, please email us at info@opusartsupplies.com – we’re happy to help!

Follow us on Instagram to see the daily #opusdailypractice prompts! You can also visit the Opus Art Supplies Facebook page to take a peek at what others are working on – there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in your creative community.

Practice Makes Progress Special:

Set yourself up for success with an Opus Daily Practice Sketchbook, available beginning mid-January.

At only $3 apiece, these books will serve as a daily reminder to make your practice a priority and allow you to keep all of your artworks in one handy place. (Reg. $5.40)

Call For Artists

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Thank you for the hundreds of submissions! We will be revealing the artwork for each prompt each day of ODP this February. Watch for them at @opusartsupplies.com on Instagram.

Submit your idea & artwork for a prompt for the Opus Daily Practice 2019 edition. 28 winning prompts will receive a $100 Opus Gift Card, and be posted as one of the official daily prompts for the Opus Daily Practice Challenge!

Each year, we invite Opus staff to create the prompt list for the Opus Daily Practice, and this year we're opening it up to our wonderful customers. Read on for details about the submission.

Curious to see what prompts we've had in the past? Click here for our full prompt list!

The Specifics

  • Prompts are normally one word. "Bright" or "Structure", for example.
  • Content: The artwork you create must include text that says what the prompt is. See our previous prompt artwork for a visual example.
  • Your image must relate to the prompt. Please note that artwork that is disrespectful or intolerant will not be accepted.
  • Media: The artwork can be created in any media
  • Dimensions: The final artwork image you submit must be Square.

Below are three examples from last year!

Submission details

You can submit up to four images. Your finished piece(s) MUST be submitted as a clear, high-resolution photo. Accepted formats are JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PNG. We will not be accepting in-person submissions; please send your high-res submission(s) to info@opusartsupplies.com before Sunday, January 20, 11:59pm PST.

Who Can Submit?

  • Anyone who is a Canadian resident
  • No purchase is necessary to enter to win the gift card

What will happen if I win?

If your piece is selected, your prompt will be emailed out to the Opus Daily Practice Email List, posted to Instagram with credits to the artist, and we will contact you regarding picking up your Opus Gift Card.

Get inspired for a successful 28 Reasons and Ways to Create Daily poster preview #OpusDailyPractice with our
28 Reasons & Ways to Create Daily poster.

Click here to download the PDF poster.

Tips on Creating a Personal Daily Practice

You’re excited to get your daily practice started – but how do you do it? Here are several ideas for your daily practice... the possibilities are endless!

Get started by reading our article, Just Practice. It’s filled with practical tips on deciding on your focus, setting your goal and scheduling it in, practicing with purpose, having a plan to push through setbacks, allowing your goal to evolve as you do, and more!

Don’t start with a blank slate. An empty page can be deliciously filled with possibilities. It can also be incredibly daunting. Try filling 28 pages of your sketchbook with swatches of watercolour, or make a random scribble on each page. You’ll have a ready–made beginning for each day’s practice!

Work within a creative constraint. To stay loose in your daily practice and keep the time commitment manageable, you can set yourself time or space constraints. For instance, keep your drawing time to under 2 minutes, or only paint on small surfaces.

Draw a drawing of your drawing. On day 1, select your subject — try a still life, a portrait, a landscape, or [insert your idea here] — and create a drawing based on it. The next day, draw your drawing from day 1; on day 3, draw day 2’s drawing; and so on. The results by day 28 will be very interesting!

And even more! Practice with a friend • hand–letter quotes • recreate movie stills • emulate a famous artist • draw household items • choose a single colour to work with • colour in a colouring book • draw your favourite characters • try something different every day!

Want more Opus Daily practice? Click here to view previous prompts!.

Get Inspired with Daily Practice Videos

Check out our Opus Daily Practice video series with artists sharing their observations about creating daily.

Practice Makes Perfect with Veronica Roth

Practice Makes Perfect with Tristan Noone

Practice Makes Perfect with Renae Kobayashi aka SleepyKoi

Just Practice with Jayleen Weaver AKA Guru Kitty

Just Practice with Sophie Graine & Paul Smith

Just Practice with Brianne Tweddle

Just Practice with Kristofer Parley

Just Practice with Kyrra Kosar

Drawn Out: 365 Days of Drawing with Michael Markowsky

A Step Forward: Just Practice with Aska Djikia

Just Practice with Sharon Leung

We hope you’re as excited to get started as we are! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to be part of this creative challenge.