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Permission To Play: A Free Mixed Media Workshop

Permission to Play: A Free Mixed Media Workshop with Carolyn Dube

I couldn’t always let myself play…when I was a kid I did it effortlessly, then as I grew up I lost that skill…boy did I miss it! So, I decided to reclaim my sense of play.

What does play mean for me as an adult?  Play means not worrying if it’s perfect or right or even if it’s good. Play is about the fun, the process, the moment.

Watch Permission to Play on YouTube.
Let’s Start Playing!

Before I even tried to play I had to give myself permission to play. That meant that my goal was the fun, the process, and being in the moment. This was very different from before when I worried if I was doing it perfectly. Back then, I felt defeated when I didn’t do it just right and I had so many doubts if what I was doing was good enough. Shockingly, all those feelings did not foster any sense of play or fun.

Permission to Play: A Free Mixed Media Workshop with Carolyn DubeOnce I had given myself permission, then I had to find what I wanted to play with…there were so many rules to things like watercolors or pastels or paints. I didn’t like rules because that really flared up my perfectionism. I needed something without rules…like mixed media.

Permission to Play: A Free Mixed Media Workshop with Carolyn DubeWhat’s mixed media? It depends on who you ask…but I think of it as when I use 2 or more different mediums. So watercolors and acrylic paints collage rubber stamps crayons markers, etc. Whatever supplies you have around are your medium. Use 2 or more of them and it’s mixed media!  Since there are no rules to it, there is no wrong way to do it.

Permission to Play: A Free Mixed Media Workshop with Carolyn DubeIn Permission to Play, I share 3 of the ways I reclaimed my sense of play.  You’ll see those 3 in action while we make an art journal out of cardboard. Along the way I share some of my favorite mixed media techniques too. Permission to Play: A Free Mixed Media Workshop with Carolyn Dube


This is a 5 lesson workshop with each new video lesson coming out every 3 days.  Starting when?  Right when you sign up.  You can start playing right away.  You can watch the videos as your schedule allows plus all the videos are all downloadable. You’ll also have access to the classroom forever so any time you want a refresher you can log in and watch it again.   Permission to Play: A Free Mixed Media Workshop with Carolyn Dube

What supplies do you need? I strongly encourage you to use what you have even if it isn’t exactly what I use. The basics are a cardboard box that we’ll cut into the pages of our journal, a piece of ribbon you don’t like, paint, spray ink, rubber stamps, and stencils. If you don’t have these supplies just substitute with what you do have. Give yourself permission to play in this free mixed media workshop! Let’s Start Playing!

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  • 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.