“Every good painter paints what he is.”

- Jackson Pollock

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Loved By Paolo Troilo

Paolo Troilo paints bodies using his body. A canvas, paint and his hands are all he needs to create his unique large-scale paintings of imagined and surreal bodies, which draw inspiration from the beauty of human anatomy. Paolo lives and... Read More

Loved By: The Creatives

THE CREATIVES The creative industry is growing, and Colart’s mission is to be there to meet the increasing demand for creative tools and services. Now and in the future. Creativity has been named by the World Economic Forum as one of... Read More

The Power of Print: Jim LaSala

Learn about why Jim LaSala prints his photographs and uses Moab Paper for his fine art prints. “I printed this image on juniper which has tremendous color latitude and brought out the color exactly the way I had seen.” Jim... Read More

Experiments in Mixed Media: Sketchbooks, Graphite and Yupo

In this 2-part video, Nancy Crawford – artist, teacher, public speaker and author – reveals her top 5 materials for breaking out of your creative comfort zone. All the materials she demonstrates are affordable and versatile, perfect for both beginners... Read More

Loved By Martin Bergquist

MARTIN BERGQUIST describes himself as a visual problem solver, and that is exactly what he does in his role as a concept illustrator and storyboard artist. From Hollywood feature films to cult video games, television and advertising, Martin creates storyboards... Read More

Loved By Graeme Black

GRAEME BLACK is a Creative Director, he uses our products to create mood boards and creatively communicate his ideas to fashion houses such as Hugo Boss, Desa and Les Copains. Materials, especially the texture of fabric, are important to Graeme’s... Read More

Loved By Gordon Cheung

GORDON CHEUNG uses materials in an unorthodox manner – he uses Flashe and Liquitex paint and moulds it, sprays it and layers it to create unusual sculptural landscapes on the canvas. Represented by galleries in London, Hong Kong, Miami and... Read More

Opus Creative Lives Podcast – Old Hazelton

We would like to thank all of you who’ve contributed to our Oh Canada Virtual Art Tour – what an epic, seven-week adventure! From Faces to Food, Landscapes to Landmarks, we’ve travelled coast to coast, finishing things off with Culture... Read More

Opus Art Supplies Podcast – In Conversation with Ross Penhall

Ross Penhall is always looking for a fresh perspective to capture. Take a listen to our podcast interview where Penhall discusses his fascination with light and shadow and the way landscapes lead the eye. Click below to check out other... Read More

Inspired by Landscapes: Lucas Kratochwil, Artist

  Watch Lucas Kratochwil’s video and discover how he relates to nature – why it’s important to have a true connection to nature, and what compels him to paint and share his love of our beautiful landscape with the world.... Read More

Opus BOD Wood Frame

The Opus BOD Wood frame is a simple and stylish wood frame that gives your artwork a professional look – making it an economical alternative to a custom frame. Trevor calls this the tuxedo frame because everything looks good in... Read More

Pouring Watercolours with Leslie Lambert Redhead

In a twist on this traditional medium, artist Leslie Lambert Redhead walks us through how she creates large-scale watercolour pours. Using Winsor & Newton’s new Jewel Toned Professional Water Colours, Leslie masks out her white, light, and midtones in turn,... Read More

Opus Jasper Plein Air Frame

The Opus Jasper Plein Air frame honours the tradition of plein air while maintaining a modern aesthetic. These wood frames are beautifully finished, featuring seamless corners and hand applied metal-leafing. They come in a classic gold leaf, a warm silver... Read More

Opus SUMO Framing System

The Opus SUMO Pre-cut Metal Framing System is the most versatile framing system available for canvases and cradled wood panels. The main feature of the SUMO is its versatility for framing standard and unique sized artworks with ease. Simply mix... Read More

Introduction to Resin Pouring

Resin is a strong, glasslike coating that can be used as a top coat, art medium, as an accent in your artwork, and more. The crystal-clear finish is self-levelling, dries smooth, and makes colours appear vibrant. Let’s explore some of... Read More

Opus COHO Framing System

The Opus COHO Pre-cut Metal Framing System is a unique and highly versatile framing system for your art on paper – no matter the size. The main feature of the COHO is its versatility for framing standard and unique sized... Read More

Golden Fluid Acrylics

  Fluid acrylics are liquid in consistency without sacrificing colour intensity. The pigment concentration in fluid paints, produces exceptionally fine dispersion, high tinting strength, durability, flexibility and good adhesion.

Opus SOLO Frame

Who doesn’t enjoy a good treasure hunt? Opus SOLO Frames are made from moulding off-cuts in our Vancouver factory, and many of them are one-of-a-kind, never to be seen again. As they are made from off-cuts, SOLO Frames are an... Read More

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... 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... 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... Read More

Opus Wood Canvas Frame

Opus Wood Canvas Frames come ready-made, making them a quick and economical solution for framing your art on canvas. Front-loading frames, or floating frames, have a quarter inch lip that shows off your whole image up to and around the... Read More

Introduction to Acrylic Pouring

Get your recipe books ready and start cooking up your own unique acrylic pours! Join Camille & Erin from Opus Langley to discover the versatility of paints, pouring mediums, and additives while learning about professional-grade alternatives to the trending non-archival... Read More

Urban Sketching Techniques

Let your surroundings be the inspiration to tell your own watercolour story! Join artist Broderick Wong as he shares tips and techniques for creating a watercolour study outdoors. Learn how to use colour in fun and exciting ways by splattering... 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... 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... 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! Join Opus staff member Colin Mitchell, and discover the ins and outs of varnishing an acrylic painting and why it... 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,... 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... Read More

Face Painting with Snazaroo

Looking for Halloween ideas? Get inspired to put your brushwork and blending skills on display by creating a stunning face-painting work of art to enhance your Halloween look this year. Watch as artist and Opus Downtown Vancouver staff member Kyrra... Read More