~*~ Mixed Media May ~*~ Carolyn Dube ~*~

What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed media means no rules for me.  I call myself a mixed media artist because I find it hard to categorize myself into any one group (which usually has some kind of rule).  I love paint, collage, spray inks, watercolors, pastels, monoprinting, rubber stamping, stenciling, fabrics, and more.  Mixed media is the only category that encompasses them all.


How long have you been a mixed media artist?
That is a tough question because it evolved so gradually over time as I fell in love with one supply or technique after another.  If you hold my feet to the fire to give it a number, I’ll say 5 years.


How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
Making art is happiness for me.  The sensations of paint squishing around. The excited surprises when I layer patterns on the  Gelli plate.  The thrill of building up layers to create something unexpected.  Pure happiness.

All that play serves a very important purpose for  me because every time I play in the studio I learn something new about myself.  It’s meditative for me.  Getting lost in color and play allows me to quiet the noise and chatter that usually runs around in my head.  Creating that space, that place of calm, for me has let me look deeply inside and get to know and accept myself.


What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
Stencils, a Gelli plate,  Catalyst blades, heavy bodied paints, spray inks, and high flow paints are my current go-to items but ask me next week and it might be a totally different list.


Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?


Tell us about your creative process.
Oops.   That pretty much sums it up.  I make lots and lots of Oopses.  I used to call these mistakes, which carried with it the harsh judgement of failure.  Every mistake fueled my inner critic which squashed a great deal of my creativity.  Once  I started calling those mistakes O.O.P.S., Outstanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly, my inner critic just couldn’t find a way to use that to berate me.  Without a loud and obnoxious inner critic, I can follow my creative impulses to see where they take me.


What makes your mixed-media art unique?
There is a part of me in every piece of art I make.  My art, like me, is full of imperfections.  It is those imperfections that make it unique.


Where can we find you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.dube.3


Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/cdube/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/rajns123

My stencils are available at: http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/category-s/1861.htm

GoodHairDayMe I have an addiction to color and play that doctors have said is incurable. Symptoms include blue and green spray ink stains on the cuticles, splatters of paint on every article of clothing no matter how hard I try to avoid it, and the compulsive need to cover up all white space with art supplies. My colorful journey led me to leave a traditional job teaching elementary school to focus on art full time. I write articles, blogs, creates videos, designs stencils, as well as teach on-line and in-person.
 Carolyn is providing a spot in her Stencil Play Workshop for our giveaway.  Stencil Play with Carolyn Dube


30 Responses to ~*~ Mixed Media May ~*~ Carolyn Dube ~*~

  1. […] am honored to be featured over at Mixed Media May!  It is a blog created by Cindy Lantier for the month of May that features interviews with a new […]

  2. Carolyn is also a great encourager to those who want to learn more.

  3. Judy Shea says:

    I love Carolyn and her style. She is so inspiring. Great little interview here. Thank you.

  4. Kay Wallace says:

    Questions were spot on, answer were awesome! I look to Carolyn for using old products in new ways and new products in unimagined ways! Love her work!

  5. I love Carolyn’s work and her approach to art. Have been following her awhile now and she continues to inspire me.

  6. Donna Johnson says:

    Carolyn has been an inspiration to me since I found her online. Her videos are entertaining as well as informative, and her personality shines through. If we lived closer to eaxch other I think we would be friends.

  7. Claudia forrest says:

    Love you on line and in person!

  8. Ruth L says:

    Great choice to introduce such a brilliant person like Carolyn, if someone doesn’t know her yet of course, very inspirational works and amazing society building skills! Carolyn, thank you to be with us and for us!

  9. Jan Johnston says:

    Carolyn – You just plain ROCK,

  10. Marilynne W says:

    Carolyn is a born teacher! Love her artwork and the inspiration she shares with all of us.

  11. I love Carolyn’s art and attitude! 🙂

  12. Raine says:

    Great interview! I’m a huge fan of Carolyn and her art. Her O.O.P.S. frame of mind really works for me. It has helped me with MY inner critic, too.

  13. Great interview and projects!!

  14. Chandra says:

    Great interview Carolyn! It’s fun to hear what you have to say about art and doing it freely. I look forward to your emails everyday because I know they will be so fun to see and you always have a great video to watch! Thanks for all the free videos by the way they are fun to watch and inspiring. I always want to create mixed media after watching them!

  15. linda says:

    Love your style and your presentation! So easy to listen to and follow on your videos and blog. Keep the inspiration coming!

  16. Julie G. says:

    I’ve been following Carolyn for a couple of years now and just love her style (both of what she creates and how she inspires and teaches others to create as well).

  17. gloria says:

    Just recently found you Carolyn, and so glad I did. Your art work is wonderful and your reponses to these questions very inlightening. I especially like your OOPS attitude. Thanks for sharing your art with all of us

  18. I have been following you, Carolyn, for over a year. I love your use of color and tools of the trade. I have learned so much. Thank you for being such a great teacher.

  19. ros says:

    love your work Carolyn it is very inspiring and a great interview

  20. you featured an artist who makes people feel that creativity is possible and perfection overrated. Carolyn’s exuberant style inspires and delights. Congrats to Carolyn!

  21. Love Carolyn’s artwork and her videos are awesome too!

  22. ShannonWL says:

    I love Carolyn’s work and watching her videos. Thanks for the interview.

  23. Lynn Kopas says:

    Love you work and I enjoyed learning about your process! Thanks for sharing your art with us!

  24. Tammy says:

    What a wonderful interview! The first line in particular speaks volumes! “Mixed media means no rules for me.” I so agree, and I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t work in multiple mediums.

  25. I love Carolyn! Her art has color and has always spoken volumes to me welll before videos, tutorials, newsletters, liked pages or feeding the muse! True the more I learned about her the more I was drawn in and felt obligated to share her passion for mixed media and her sense of humor makes it oh so easy!! She is one of those people who hasn’t even began to chip the iceburg for all the great possibilities I honestly see with her and her artistic future. I wish her only more if wonderful things to come and hope one day to take one of her many classes!! Good luck to her!! Great article!!!

  26. jacqui fehl says:

    beautiful colors and such fun!

  27. Charlotte says:

    I have been working on the DLP. Your group is very interesting and I have learned a lot.

  28. Kirsten Reed says:

    Fabulous! Carolyn is a delightful rainbow to have around in the art world!

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