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Videos

  • Opus Ready-made 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

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  • 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, and Ricard, a master brush maker, had all the tools used to craft them on hand. He had everyone entranced as he assembled a round Versatil –  so much so that we had to film it!

    Watch Mr. Escoda as he elegantly blends modern technology with time-honoured techniques to create a Versatil brush before your eyes....Read more

  • Documenting your Artwork with a Digital Camera

    Documenting your artwork with a digital camera allows you to keep a record of your completed and sold artwork. Whether you gift the artwork to someone or you sell it, you want to make sure that it’s a part of your legacy as an artist.

    You can also use the digital image for marketing purposes on your website, blog, online portfolio and print portfolio. Having a digital copy of the artwork is also important because you can utilize the digital file as a tool to produce additional income in the form of digital prints. ...Read more

  • Just Practice

    Jayleen Weaver, Copic marker master (and Opus staff member), has drawn every day since childhood. See the results of her dedication in the latest Opus Video and gather inspiration for your own daily practice!...Read more

  • Share your Gift

    Join artists Pierre Coupey, Sarah Clement, and Enda Bardell as they reminisce about their first memories of art, and explore what exactly drew them to working with the mediums they love.

    Pierre Coupey

    "Paint itself is something I'm in love with – the way of making shape and form with a loaded brush. Without that, I think life would be quite deprived."

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  • By All Means Create with ...

    Kathy van Gogh

    What's in a name? A lot when yours is shared with a famous relation. Our By All Means Create with… series draws to a close with decorative artist Kathy van Gogh.

    Kathy knows the voice of her inner critic well - bearing the name van Gogh deterred her from creating for almost forty years of her life. As a means to paint while not being regarded as a “painter”, she chose to enter the creative world through the decorative arts. In the process, she has found ways to use the critic's voice to make the pieces she loves a success....Read more

  • Fertile Images + Design

    "Use whatever tools are available. We combine film photography with digital photography, painting and design - these all help us make our images." - Zak Sarwari

    Zak Sarwari and Lysa Bromaroff have joined together in life, art, and business through their love of photography to form Fertile Images + Design....Read more

  • By All Means Create

    18 visual artists and one of the most inspiring creative quotes in art history.

    If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent van Gogh

    Paint, pastel, paper. Screen print and block print. Digital art and photography. Pen and pencil. Collage and clay. All were employed to help us illustrate the words of Vincent van Gogh. We invite you to ignore that inner critic who says, "you cannot" because it is through any medium and by all means that art is created....Read more

  • Art Battle: Yared Nigussu - Artist & Champion

    I think I was born to be a painter. I don't know if I chose it but maybe art chose me. It is above me, beyond what I am. It's like eating, drinking –  so I need to paint.

    From crowded arenas to the solace of his studio, artist and 2-time National Art Battle Champion, Yared Nigussu connects with the world around him through his highly expressive paintings. He engages viewers with his upbeat energy, genuine personality, and fast–paced painting style, which has elevated this rising star throughout the Canadian visual art community....Read more

  • Field Studies: Painting En Plein Air

    Gaye Adams (SFCA, PSC, MPAC) is an oil painter who loves painting out on location en plein air. Her field studies are important to her because they become accurate colour references for future paintings, as well as being amazing practice for painting quickly in unpredictable situations.

    She uses the experience of the day to further evolve herself as an artist and believes the best way to grow as a painter is to paint outdoors. Getting out of the studio and into a beautiful location doesn’t hurt either.

    Watch our latest video, Field Studies: Painting En Plein Air and join Gaye as she takes you out on location, sharing her approach to preparing for painting in the great outdoors!...Read more