Time Traveler – Mixed Media Workshop

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Time Traveler – Online Workshop

Let’s travel back in time and visit some personal favorite design periods. It’s fun to look to the past for inspiration and there are so many fun and unique styles that have come and gone through the years: Flower Power, the Roaring 20’s, the very funky 70’s, or maybe further back to the Victorian Age or even Medieval times. Each of these has its own specific motifs, patterns, color palettes, etc. to draw from. There are even other cultural aspects to get our creative juices flowing: music, artwork, fashion, and so on. What design era speaks to you? What is it about this specific time in the past that intrigues you so, and how will it inform your artmaking? The possibilities are wide open when we get in our time machine and seek artistic inspiration through the ages!

In this workshop, our artist teachers Birgit Koopsen, Marsha Valk, and Nat Kalbach will guide you through three time periods in history and use aspects of those time periods as inspiration. They will translate the style and motifs of their chosen time period into gelli plate printmaking techniques, with a modern eye and their own unique artistic sensibilities. Finally they will each share a bookbinding technique to bring these prints together into 3 gorgeous handmade books.

What this Workshop Covers:

  • Mixed Media techniques, Bookbinding techniques, Gelli plate printmaking techniques
  • Easy to follow video instruction covering the techniques and an insight into our thinking process while creating
  • Lifetime access to videos via download on this website – please download by December 31st, 2024
  • Downloadable video lessons to add to your library *Please read download info below*

This class includes 21 videos, approx. 5 hours of video in total. All lessons in this workshop have now published and are ready for viewing.

You may sign up at any time, work at your own pace, and have unlimited access to all the lessons. All lessons are downloadable.

Share Your Creation – Please use the hashtag #wearetimetravelers on social media to share the projects you create. We would love to see what you make!

Basic Supplies

A supply list is provided by each artist in the lessons page for their videos. Since there is a variety of supplies used – some repeating often from lesson to lesson, others used only once or twice – it is difficult to provide a thorough and exact supply list.

Rather than buying all supplies, gather some of the basics from the supply list below and then with each new lesson think in terms of making substitutions, using what you already have on hand, and then shopping little by little as you decide what to add.

Basic Supplies – This list includes a variety of tools and supplies that are used often during this workshop. The brands you choose are up to you. Each artist has their own preferences, but you can achieve the same or similar results with different paints, markers, mediums, tools, and such.

  • Paper – watercolor / bristol / file folders / computer paper
  • Acrylic paint – a variety of colors
  • Matte medium
  • PanPastels
  • Alcohol / Solvent ink markers
  • Felt tip markers
  • Acrylic paint markers
  • Water soluble crayons
  • Ink pads – Stazon / Archival / etc
  • Fine point permanent marker / pen
  • Gelli plate
  • Brayer
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Paint brushes – various sizes, flat and round
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Stencils
  • Rubber stamps
  • Foam stamps
  • Repositionable tape
  • Double sided permanent tape
  • Physio / Sports / Bookbinding tape
  • Bookbinding needle and waxed thread


By signing up for this workshop, you agree not to give your private log-in and any password information to anyone else. The enrollment fee is for one person only. After the payment confirmation is sent to you, cancellation is no longer possible. Tuition is not refundable.

All videos are under the copyright of the artists and are for private use only and cannot be shared. You may not teach/re-teach the information in the videos or use it for any online or print publications.

Streaming: If you plan on using Streaming only, please sign up only if you are able to watch vimeo hosted videos. Also note that the access to streaming will be going away on December 31st, 2024! All videos are posted in this format. See vimeo.com to test your computer. Some older computers and software may have problems playing the videos. We are not responsible for troubleshooting playback difficulties of the videos. Note that this workshop is not optimized for viewing on mobile devices. Some devices may not be able to play videos or display all content. We recommend joining from a laptop or desktop computer. Please ensure your computer or device is compatible BEFORE joining.

Downloads: You will be able to download the videos so that you can watch them offline and keep them forever. Please download the videos by December 31st, 2024 . Download terms and conditions will be posted when you download the first video and in order to do so, you will have to agree to those terms and conditions.

*Please read the following information regarding downloads: You can download our vimeo videosto a desktop computer or laptop. Downloading to certain mobile devices including Apple devices can be problematic in some cases depending on the age and model of the device (an unfortunate limitation to these devices). Please verify the capabilities of your device before purchasing this workshop/workshop collection. Unfortunately we cannot provide technical support for all the different models of devices out there. We recommend researching various support pages to learn about your device and its capabilities, for example the Apple Support page here https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201302. For additional information about downloads, visit my Help page here.

There are 25 lessons in this workshop:
  • Time Traveler – Welcome
  • Time Traveler – Marsha 01 – Back to the 80’s
  • Time Traveler – Marsha 02 – Background Prints
  • Time Traveler – Marsha 03 – Image and Word Transfers
  • Time Traveler – Marsha 04 – Foam Stamps
  • Time Traveler – Marsha 05 – Finishing Touches
  • Time Traveler – Marsha 06 – Assembling the Zine
  • Time Traveler – Marsha’s Time Capsule – Interview
  • Time Traveler – Nat 01 – Art Deco
  • Time Traveler – Nat 02 – Peeled Wallpaper Prints
  • Time Traveler – Nat 03 – Let’s Blouse
  • Time Traveler – Nat 04 – The Big Entrance
  • Time Traveler – Nat 05 – The Bee’s Knees
  • Time Traveler – Nat 06 – The Cat’s Meow
  • Time Traveler – Nat’s Time Capsule – Interview
  • Time Traveler – Birgit 01 – Flower Power
  • Time Traveler – Birgit 02 – Let’s get colourful!
  • Time Traveler – Birgit 03 – Let’s draw!
  • Time Traveler – Birgit 04 – Let’s add some paint and a photo!
  • Time Traveler – Birgit 05 – Let’s spice it up!
  • Time Traveler – Birgit 06 – Let’s make a book!
  • Time Traveler – Birgit’s Time Capsule – Interview
  • Time Traveler – Wrap Up & Q/A Session
  • Time Traveler – Gel Plate Etiquette
  • Time Traveler Show & Tell