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Published in Art Journaling Magazine!

I did a happy dance when I opened up the latest issue of Art Journaling Magazine to see my cardboard Permission to Play journal in there!  Once I stopped dancing,  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this entire issue -lots of inspiration and ideas in there from so many art journalers!

Many of the published pages in the journal were created while I filmed the free workshop, Permission to Play. So that means you can watch it being made.

What’s the workshop all about? The details and what students are saying are all below. There’s still time, so come and join the play!

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This free workshop shares 3 of the ways I reclaimed my sense of play. You’ll see these in action while we make an art journal out of ordinary cardboard as I share some of my favorite mixed media techniques. Get signed up and let yourself play! Can you tell I am all about the play?

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.

Yes, I want to play!

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

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

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!

5 Downloadable Video Lessons!

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

Permission to Play gives you the freedom to play again like you used to as a child before all kinds of rules took the joy out of play. -Jeanne Brennan

Carolyn, your wonderful permission to play workshop helped me to put my inner art critic back in her box. It was a wonderful freeing experience. I now try to give myself play time as often as I can and I’m a happier human being as a consequence. Many many thanks! -Ali Mauger
Using recycled cardboard takes the stress away from the fear of wasting substrates while learning to paint the rainbow. There’s no such thing as a mistake and just an OOPS. You’ve opened a whole new world for me and I won’t ever let you/myself forget. -Theresa Sim

The way this online class worked for me really broke the limits! I don’t have to care whether something is good or bad and just playing with colour is so freeing. It was the first time I realized I should quiet the inner critic and just have fun!!!! -Anja Kieboom

I got to the assembling video and you mentioned how nicely they stand up. That triggered a whole rush of ideas for my own finished product. That and the way the journal is bound with a kind of neglected ribbon upcycled nicely is what helped me the most. 🙂 -Erika Schneider

not only this wokshop but all your videos are low treshold by which I mean you bring in it such a way that I am not intimitated and I want to try it myself. In this workshop particularly the use of cardboard as a substrate let’s go of the fear of messing up an expensive artjournal.-Vicky Fisher

I enjoyed just being able to play and do what ever I wanted to without having to ‘make something’. I loved the OOPS, and able to just do that on these. If I didn’t like something, I just said oops. That takes a lot pressure off. – Debbie Reed

Carolyn, I was so thrilled to join in the permission to play and learn all about your oops philosophy. You encourage us to push through those ugly page moments and create something we are happy with. Thank you for allowing us to find our inner child again and just PLAY. -Dianne Cahill

For me, Permission to Play, is loosening me up. I am a tight detailed painter most of the time. This is freeing and fun and it’s helping me learn to set myself free of perfection. I have a ways to go yet to be completely loose, but I’m getting there. Thank you, Carolyn, for this free Workshop. -Audrey Gallagher Fish Pfeifer

Permission to play allowed me to “just do it” i had been buying supplies and drooling over other peoples work in groups and on pinterest for months but breaking that first page terrified me. Your enthusiasm and the use of trash (cardboard)flipped a switch inside me and since it was trash anyway i couldn’t ruin it and that let me finally begin. -Erika Beaty Friend

Permission to Play really freed me up to just play without judgement and thought….this kind of creating is so relaxing, fun and therapeutic! I really loved it! -Marsha Sue Pitman

Permission to Play forced me out of my comfort zone and as a result I have been trying so many new techniques! Luckily,I recently retired,so I have lots more time to play! -Nanci Ring

Permission to Play let me discard all the should’s and shouldnt’s to make room for can’s and could’s. I loved the focus on the process of arting (surely “art” deserves for be a verb), rather than the final product. Its wonderful that I can say a piece isn’t done until my inner self says its done, and then I can change my thoughts on it later if I’ve a mind to — fluid rather than finite. -Annette Lansing

I will be forever grateful for stumbling on this class offering. Permission To Play allowed me to see the lighter side of creating, taking risks, learning new techniques, and truly getting my hands dirty…and that’s okay! The class is instructional for for the inner artist in all of us and was so encouraging. -Marie Cimpl

I still remember the intense joy and freedom I experienced just playing without having to worry about the results. It has also taught me how to work on (play with!) multiple pages at the same time, which is not normally what I do. Working on multiple pages allows you to loosen up and not get too obsessed about tiny details. This has helped me tremendously! -Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith

Carolyn, Permission to play gives you the freedom to actually put paint to paper without fear.. Your “OOPS” philosophy gives us permission to keep going regardless of the results. Using cardboard makes it ok to “go for it” It is a “freeing experience” Love your positive attitude. Thank you. -Stephanie Lamb Denninghoff

I tend to be purposeful in my art work which becomes very frustrating very fast. After I started taking your on philosophy about “playing” with paint and any other mediums to heart and letting my “OOPS” become an opportunity rather than a disaster, making “prettythings” became easier. I have stopped punishing myself for not being good enough and being so self-critical. The part of me that wants order in all things gets a big “shut the heck up” from my Muse who sees “prettythings in all in my messes all the time. Thank you so much Permission to Play. -Annell Sampson-Jones

I loved having your suggested guidance in Permission to Play, as well as the full allowance to do whatever I’d like to do, with the spirit of play! I learned a lot about building backgrounds up and letting go of always having to have artistic expression be beautiful! It was invaluable! -Katie Crommett
I think its just a great reminder to LET GO! .. I forget that.. and go ahead , get all your stuff out.. play with it.. make a mess and have fun.. stress free that it all has to be perfect! -Kelly Rish

I loved the workshop! I’m so used to making carefully constructed cards, that mixing medias and following Carolyn’s loose instructions and generous encouragement really helped me leap out of my comfort zone. I still have my little book and Permission To Play contract on display! -Reen Lee

Yes, I Want to Play!

Jump on in and join the fun! I’m looking forward to seeing what you create!


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  • Corrine July 12, 2017, 10:00 am

    Woot, woot! How exciting…

  • Laura R July 12, 2017, 11:01 am

    Congratulations! Bright and beautiful

  • Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith July 12, 2017, 12:00 pm

    Congrats, Carolyn! Now even more people can take part in this fantastic workshop! I’ve been meaning to make another one of these journals to feel that freedom again!

  • Vicky Fisher July 16, 2017, 3:51 am

    Congratulations, carolyn.

  • Imelda Fagin July 16, 2017, 1:50 pm

    Congratulations! You deserve the recognition.

  • Susie W July 18, 2017, 3:39 pm


  • Sonia March 21, 2020, 5:12 am

    Can’t wait for my first lesson on permission to play