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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

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

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 Veronica Roth. Veronica has been creating ever... Read More

Ola Volo: Illustrator & Mural Artist

Put the focus on YOUR artwork with inspiration from Open Road Volkswagen. Watch our documentary with Ola above or on the

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. Opus... 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 Opus YouTube Channel for an inside look into this process, then follow up with our

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 Paper-Oh Notebooks, as she demonstrates some of the easy techniques she uses for creating sketchbooks with glue... 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

Painting with Acrylics: Liquitex Muted Colors

Discover how using muted colours can make your sunny colours sing! Join artist Liquitex Muted Colors, a convenient line of pre-mixed muted acrylics that allow artists the ability to achieve the same desaturated hue every time. Using the muted Heavy... Read More

Painting with Acrylics: Liquitex Intermixability

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Art in the Garden

View an extraordinary garden from the perspective of a child and be whisked away into a magical wonderland full of flowers, fruits, fun and art! We visited the home of David and Aubin van Berckel, owners of Opus Art Supplies,... Read More

Poetry with Paper featuring Tara Galuska

Journey into a whimsical world of paper with artist and illustrator, Tara Galuska. Get an inside look into her home studio and watch as she cuts, glues, and assembles one of her handmade paper artworks. Tara creates original pieces using... Read More

Painting with Gouache en Plein Air feat. Bryan Coombes

Watch as watermedia takes flight! Go on a trip with Bryan Coombes, as he captures seaplanes in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. Discover techniques for drawing through your preliminary pencil sketch, using watercolours and gouache to build up a scene, blending gouache... Read More

Where Will Your Sketchbook Take You?

Where will your sketchbook take you? Your sketchbook has become your companion, always in your bag or under your arm. From your morning coffee to traveling home from work, an artist’s sketchbook is home to multiple mediums and countless memories.... Read More

Drawn Out: 365 Days of Drawing

In planes, trains, and automobiles, visual artist Michael Markowsky traverses the landscape to find new and interesting locations in which to create. He has painted in the Arctic tundra, in the bed of a moving truck, and even in a... Read More

Exploring New Territory with Sarah Clement

Vancouver-based artist and illustrator Sarah Clement has been inspired by nature and the world around her for as long as she can remember. Her whimsical and detailed illustrations mix the colourful freedom of ink with the more structured lines of... Read More

Fine Art Digital Projectors

Discover the possibilities of using projected digital imagery in your fine art practice! Digital art projectors make the perfect addition to any artist’s studio, granting you access to a multitude of tools for creating. Whether you’re working on canvas, cradled... Read More

Science & Art Unite! Daniel Smith Watercolors

Get a behind–the–scenes look at the raw materials used to produce some of your favourite watercolours! John Cogley, Owner of Daniel Smith, discusses how his team of mineralogists and chemists create their luscious and vivid Extra Fine Watercolors. Enjoy a... Read More

Ross den Otter: Photographer / Mixed Media Artist

Photographer, mixed media artist, and teacher Ross den Otter began experimenting with fine art materials on his photographs after being inspired by a local artist in the Eastside Culture Crawl. After years of being immersed in the arts, he used... Read More

Blythe Scott: Mixed Media Artist

Victoria mixed media artist, Blythe Scott’s, artwork depicts the wonder, beauty, and emotional essence of the places she has been. Originally from Scotland, Blythe is drawn to the textures of the urban landscape, frequently scaling rocky hills and parking garages... Read More

Just Add Colour

Colouring books have grown up! A relaxing, therapeutic, and remarkably fun activity, colouring books have made a comeback with adults worldwide. We visited Vancouver artist Sandeep Johal in her home studio to talk about this creative craze and how it... Read More

Experiments in Mixed Media

Ignite your creativity in fresh new ways! Discover techniques for pushing artistic boundaries by watching Experiments in Mixed Media Part 1: Sketchbooks, Graphite and Yupo (above) & Experiments in Mixed Media Part 2: Yupo, India Ink and Pitt Pens (below).... Read More

Waking up the Paint with Alex Fong

Alex Fong is a Kelowna based watermedia artist whose playful paintings stir the imagination with a kaleidoscope of light and colour. He is a staple amongst the artists in the Okanagan – known for his whimsical paintings, contributions to the... Read More

Opus Readymade Frames

Discover your new favourite frame today! Trevor Code from Opus Granville Island sets the framework for the features and assembly of many of our popular ready-made frames in these quick and simple videos. Opus Metal Exhibition Frame see video above... Read More

The Making of an Escoda Versatil Brush

Watch a true Master in action! Ricard Escoda, Senior from Escoda Artist Brushes paid a visit to Opus to demonstrate the Versatil, a beautiful brush line that rivals the performance of Kolinsky sable. These professional synthetic watercolour brushes are handmade,... Read More