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.