Saturday, 5 March 2016

Workshops in my Colour Vie Studio

Spring 2016 Workshops in the Colour Vie Studio 

Want a creative pick-me-up with loads of bright colours and fun new techniques? 
How about trying one or more of my exciting and inspiring workshops? 
For full descriptions and pictures please visit

March 12, 2016
“WAX, PAINT AND DYE” with Gunnel Hag   $100

Student painting over a soy wax rubbing.

Carolle is applying soy wax with a fork.

Carroll's soy wax fork print ready for painting.

I used regular flour for a resist before painting.

 March 19 - 20, 2016
“THE WORLD OF INDIGO” (with Pam Woodward)    $160

Catherine revealing her pole wrapped indigo fabric.


April 16 - 17, 2016
“GUERILLA SCREEN PRINTING” with Gunnel Hag    $220

Student screen printing using paper stencil screen.

April 30, 2016

One of my small quilts using photos of grass and concrete blocks.

May 14, 2016
“RUST AND BLEACH” with Gunnel Hag    $100

Student with her beautiful bleach discharged fabric.

June 4, 2016
“LEAF AND NATURE PRINTING” with Gunnel Hag    $98

Beautiful leaves printed by a student in this workshop.

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

For more information please visit

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.