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Permission To Play: A Free Mixed Media Workshop

Want to create, to play, to be loose and free but not quite sure how to let go?  That’s why I created this free workshop, to help you reawaken your creativity by focusing on 3 specific steps you can take to embrace the fun.  We’ll be making an art journal out of ordinary cardboard as I share some of my favorite mixed media techniques. Get signed up and let yourself play!

Watch on YouTube.

Yes, I want to play!

What does play mean for me as an adult?  Play means not worrying if it’s perfect or right or if it’s good enough. Play is about the fun, the process, the moment.   Hint…the more fun you have the more you like what you create.

Since the process of growing up made me forget how to play, I had to rediscover how to do it as an adult.  You’ll see 3 of the play reclamation strategies in action while we make an art journal out of cardboard. Notice how I used that big word to make it sound scientific.  That keeps the grown up part of me happy while the rest of me gets to play.

Who is this workshop for?
-Is it for someone new to mixed media?
-Is it for someone who wants to be creative but feels she isn’t? Hint I think you are creative if you even wish you were and a workshop like this can help you reawaken your creativity
-Is it for some one who is already creating but wants more freedom and playfulness?

The answer is all of the above!

Don’t just take my word for it…here are what students are saying!

This Art Journal book has been a fun book to create. I am fairly new at all of this Art Journaling and Mixed Media. I am just loving it. I guess this was the kind of Art that I have been looking for for years. I just love it because it is so freeing and life changing.- Valerie
I have just cut up 3 boxes, can’t believe how happy it makes me feel to look at the pile of excitement in front of me. Don’t think I will be coming out of my studio any time soon -Marian

I wanted to thank you because I am liking my art and not thinking it sucks anymore. I am an abstract artist by heart and every time I try and do something else I don’t like my work so thank you for giving it back to me by allowing myself to play. – Cindy

All I can say is, thank you so much Carolyn. I love playing with paint, and have wanted to do art journaling for quite some time. My efforts haven’t been giving me any joy, until I joined this little class. You have helped me break the barriers significantly. I really appreciate your teaching. Thank you.- Christine

Paint, stencils, rubber stamps, and spray inks, OH MY! 

Do you have to have all of those supplies? Absolutely not!  Play is about freedom and fun, not rules so I encourage you to use what you have and substitute for any of the supplies I use. The basics needed to build your journal are cardboard, a piece of ribbon, and a pencil.

When does the workshop start?  As soon as you sign up you can start playing. Watch the videos as your schedule allows since all the videos are all downloadable and you have forever access to the classroom.

5 Downloadable Video Lessons!

A free 5 lesson workshop for you with each new video lesson every 3 days starting as soon as you sign up.

  • 5 lessons + a bonus lesson
  • Downloadable videos
  • Lifetime access to the classroom


Yes, I Want to Play!

Carolyn Dube Art Adventurer and Play EnablerJump on in and join the fun! I’m looking forward to seeing what you create!



Already signed up? Head on over to the classroom at mixedmedia.carolyndube.com

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Every comment and every share feeds the muse. Thank you for being part of this colorful journey!

  • Jean Marmo October 29, 2015, 6:48 pm

    I need to play more and think less!

  • Barbara Backer October 29, 2015, 11:18 pm

    I can’t wait to play with you again.

  • Barbara Backer October 29, 2015, 11:23 pm

    When will this begin, Carolyn?

    • Carolyn Dube October 30, 2015, 12:41 pm

      It begins any time you sign up Barbara!

      • Jean Bowden November 8, 2015, 5:25 pm

        How do I join up, and will the lessons be sent to me via email?

        • Carolyn Dube November 8, 2015, 7:27 pm

          Just click the links in the post Jean to get signed up and you’ll get the emails. 🙂

  • Christine November 4, 2015, 11:43 am

    Interesting and fun!

  • Jaki November 12, 2015, 12:07 am

    I need to be reminded to find time to play because I just started a new job with a horrible commute, so time is precious, but I need to relax too 🙂

  • Debby November 12, 2015, 5:45 pm

    I can’t get to the permission to play workshop. It keeps saying I am subscribed. Only able to get the introduction.

    • Carolyn November 13, 2015, 5:27 pm

      Sorry you’re having trouble Debby, we’ve sent you an email.

  • sherry yeager November 12, 2015, 5:56 pm

    i would like to try the free workshop. Learning is fun.

  • Lkirshstein November 25, 2015, 9:35 am

    Where’s the login so we can proceed?

    • Carolyn Dube November 25, 2015, 10:52 am

      Not sure which you are asking for- how to get signed up or how to log in once registered. Get signed up by clicking on the button above in the post that says, Let’s start playing. If you’re all registered then just check the email for details on how to get started Lkirshstein.

  • Linda June 24, 2017, 2:01 am

    I thought I had signed up for the free play workshop, but can’t find the email you would send for it. I just did the newest ‘sealing gelatos’ video, but I may have used 2 different email addresses. Could you please send the link to this gmail account?
    Thank you,
    Linda Jowers

  • Kisha July 15, 2017, 11:13 am

    Love this site. Can’t wait to play.?

  • Pam Burke August 13, 2017, 7:06 am

    Hi Carolyn! I took your wonderful class Sneaky Art Journeling at Stampaway and came home feeling so inspired by what I learned in your class! Thank you! I am heading up to my art room now to begin playing with the techniques I lesrnd in your class. I had to run to Hobby Lobby to get the silicone spatchula thing so I can update begin right away. I look forward to taking more classes and hope to see your u again at Stampaway next year! Happy journaling, Pam

  • Carol Cheever October 28, 2017, 10:06 pm

    I am new and do not know how to begin

    • Carolyn Dube October 29, 2017, 11:12 am

      If you click the button in the blog post that says I want to play, the computer elves will send you the links and information to get started. 🙂

  • Sarah Brecher November 19, 2017, 6:37 pm

    I need to think less. Help!!

  • Geraldine Kruger November 23, 2017, 3:22 am

    Art is keeping me sane being a fulltime mom….housewife and caring for my semi-invalid mom. I love re-using anything I can find and look forward to this journey.

  • Sarah Brecher November 25, 2017, 8:52 am

    I have been trying now for three weeks to get on permission to play and I never get the password.

  • Mary Lynn December 31, 2017, 12:49 am

    I just found your FREE workshop and can’t wait to jump in. Thank you for this.

  • Josephine December 31, 2017, 3:48 pm

    Signed up for Premission to play and can’t get permission to play statement or

  • Lesley Vanmassenhove January 2, 2018, 2:05 pm

    Won’t let me gain access

    • Carolyn Dube January 2, 2018, 5:07 pm

      If you’ve forgotten your password (or even your username), there is a forgot password link on the log in page. It will give you a way to reset your password and also will send your username in case you need that too Lesley.

  • ann palm reibel April 2, 2018, 7:49 pm

    I would like to try this out if it is for free.
    Thank you!

  • ann palm reibel April 2, 2018, 7:54 pm

    I would love to learn more about how to do paper mosaics and mono-prints if possible. Thank you!

  • Rae Ann Ohlinger May 6, 2018, 6:04 pm

    I love your videos and your spontaneity. I’ve just gotten started with gel plates and mixed media and love all the ideas you present.

  • ELA May 18, 2018, 8:10 am

    Hi Carolyn,
    I love your style and the way you teach. I just wrote a blogpost (German language) about Permission to Play. You find it at
    Hope, there will be more Germans joining your Workshop soon.

    Best wishes and thank you so much


  • Margie May 20, 2018, 8:34 am

    Sounds like fun, I so wish you were my next-door neighbor you are so enthusiastic. You rock ….

  • Andree Castoldi July 17, 2018, 2:56 pm

    I guess I didn’t realize (duh) that white gesso is really not necessary to paint a page in birthing an Art Journal. I tore a wildly colored photocopied abstract into pieces and created a wonderful design and promptly covered the whole thing with white gesso thinking I was “preserving” the paper and design!!! oooops. Now the page is all white (gesso) with pastel colored pieces peeking through!!!My question is why do we need to use gesso? What kind of adhesive is used to adhere the paper pieces and do we need to use gesso at all???? Olympia