Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Exciting Fabric Printing workshops in the next few weeks!

I have three workshops scheduled in my Colour Vie studio in Toronto.

Would you like to learn how to create some new printed fabrics to brighten up 
your home, wardrobe or art and quilt projects?

This is a great opportunity to learn new and exciting fabric printing techniques 
for creating colourful fabrics. Not to mention it’s also a great time to make 
some fabulous and memorable one-of-a-kind gifts!

November 21, 2015
Ryvita pillow by Gunnel Hag

November 28 to 29, 2015
Students screen printing

December 5, 2015
"PRINT, PRINT, PRINT!" with Gunnel Hag $99
Student work: block printed silk scarf

Call early to reserve your space
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 
or simply e-mail colorvie at

For more information please visit and click on Workshops.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

"Gathering" exhibition of fibre works

“Gathering” is an exhibition of fibre explorations by 13 artists. 
We will be showing our work at Galleria 814,  814 St. Clair Ave.
West, Toronto from June 2 to June 16, 2015.  

"Lichen No. 2" by Gunnel Hag. My original photos
on linen, pieced and hand stitched

"Lichen No' 2" - detail. 

"Family - Tribe" by Gunnel Hag
Screen printing and painting on cotton
with Colour Vie pigments
My father took the photo of oneof his  friends
in the 1920's. I printed it using cyanotype
on silk

"Family - Tribe" - detail.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - Q


After a long hiatus, I am resuming the alphabet printing.

A fire damaged some of my artwork and fabrics, but things are
slowly getting back to something resembling "normal" again.

Occasionally I find it difficult to choose what technique or implement
to use for a certain letter in my alphabet printing quest. No problem 
this time. The letter Q was a no brainer. Q-tips!

I painted the fabric with Colour Vie pigments,,
 and then printed with a block made with Q-tips.

To create the stamps, I glued Q-tips onto pieces of 
scrap wood. To protect the Q-tips from getting soggy 
when printing, I coated the blocks with gel medium.

I made a stamp pad from foam rubber, inked up 
the stamp and printed away.

Checker board pattern.

Variation on a theme.

Printed with two different blocks.
To create this print, I placed Q-tips under the fabric 
and dry brushed over the top.

Dry brushed and over painted 
(with Colour Vie pigments, of course).

In this piece I placed Q-tips under the fabric, painted 
the entirefabric with Colour Vie pigments, then 
scraped off the excess pigment with a narrow squeegee to create a shadowy Q-tip look.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - P


Have you ever looked around your kitchen at all the implements
and wondered what it would be like to print with them? 
Take potato mashers for instance - chances are that you have 
the common wavy looking one in your drawer. But have you 
ever thought about all the different designs of potato mashers
Over the years I have collected about thirty of them without ever
duplicating the pattern of the potato masher.....

On this fabric I screen-printed, painted, stencilled and scraped the
pigment. I use my own Colour Vie pigment (
The potato masher is an important part of the design.

A few of my favourite potato mashers.

I printed this tea towel on a slightly padded surface, using
my Coiour Vie pigments (

If you don't want to print your own tea towels,
you can purchase one of my fun and funky
already printed tea towels at my shop on etsy:

I painted and over-printed this fabric with two different potato
mashers (and also added a few little black and white marks).

First I painted the fabric and then went wild with the potato masher,
removing and manipulating the pigment while it was still wet.

This is a favourite potato masher in all my classes. I found this
adorable masher in a store in Portugal while visiting friends there,
and have never seen another one like it.

The Portuguese potato masher in action. I also scraped
away some of the wet pigment using a credit card and
a plastic lid.

Student work.

Student work using several different mashers and found objects.

Student work using a potato masher and found objects.

Student work using different mashers and found objects.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

My Quilt for "IT'S TIME FOR COLOUR" - CQA/ACC Invitational Travelling Exhibition

In my print series "Printing the Alphabet - Extraordinary 
Prints from Ordinary Objects" I am exploring prints, 
textures and colour using everyday objects. 

For this quilt I chose to print with an onion.

"It's Time For Colour" will travel to approximately 20
different venues across Canada and be displayed at 
Quilt Canada 2015 in Lethbridge Alberta. The 40 quilts 
will be auctioned off, with the proceed going to 
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.

I printed with an onion - black pigment on white cotton.

Once the onion print was dry, I used
Colour Vie pigments to overpaint
with a rainbow of colours.

I enlarged the onion image, made a silk screen, and
used it to screen print the large onion image on top
using metallic copper pigment.

Finished quilt 12" x 16"

Close up of machine quilting.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - O

O is for ONION

Onions are great little print blocks. Like a lot of different veggies 
and fruits - see my blog entry "A" for Apple!

1. Cut an onion in half (Let the cut onion dry on a paper towel 
for a couple of minutes before you print with it).
2. Mix your pigments (I use my own Colour Vie pigments).
3. It is helpful to print on a slightly padded surface - a piece of 
polar fleece or even just a few layers of newspaper work well.
4. Make a stamp pad from a piece of foam ( or apply pigment
with a foam brush)
5. Print away and have fun!

I printed the onion with black pigment,
then overpainted with a rainbow of colours


Student work 

Student work. Yes, you can cut the onion the other way too!

Student work Also in the onion family - Garlic. Makes
a great pattern, but be prepared to get a bit peckish.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - N

N is for Netting

On my printing passage through the Alphabet I have got to the
letter N - for Netting!

There are so many different kinds of netting that you can repurpose:
onion bags, the protective netting you get on your duty free bottles, 
no-slip carpet underlay, the plastic netting on top of mandarin orange 
boxes - even lace (plastic or fabric) - the list goes on and on!
Here are a few examples of what you can do:

The fabric was painted using Colour Vie pigments
then stencilled with metallic Colour Vie pigment, using the plastic
netting from the top of a mandarin orange box.

Painted with Colour Vie pigments. Carpet underlay was placed
underneath the painted fabric. The excess pigment was
scraped off while still wet.
I put plastic netting under the fabric and scraped off the excess,
so that the netting appeared like a rubbing . After the pigment had
dried, I placed a different plastic netting on top of the fabric,
and painted through that netting using a brush.
Colour Vie pigments can be thinned! Just add a pinch of salt to your
Base/pigment/Resfix mixture and the thickener breaks down to
become liquid. Now you can use the pigment for spraying
(or dyeing). Here I sprayed through a plastic mesh.
A lace curtain was placed under the cotton fabric,
which was painted and then scraped while wet.