My dear friend Carolyn Dube, a self-taught art adventurer and mixed media artist, is on a journey filled with fun! She is one of the teachers in the Handcrafted Holidays class and has finally reigned in the critical voice that squelched her joy and held her art back for many years. Today, she avoids rules whenever possible and lets the little kid inside her free to create art without judgment. She teaches workshops and art classes online, has more than 300 YouTube videos, has written articles for Somerset Studio and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines as well as designs stencils for StencilGirl Products.
When we chatted, she shared her story with me and her unique—and joyful—approach to art.
Advent Calendar for all Occasions
Growing up, Carolyn’s family was “Advent Calendar crazy,” and it’s a tradition she has continued with her own family.
Traditional Advent calendars are used to count down the days until Christmas by opening up little number doors to reveal a prize. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) and continues for four weeks; however most Advent calendars typically begin on December 1 and continue for 24 days to mark the days before Christmas. The word Advent is derived from the Latin word for “coming” and has been celebrated since the 4th century.
Throughout the years, many Advent calendar traditions were adopted from simple paper calendars with pictures to every kind imaginable from the largest to the most expensive and LEGOS to the Hubble Space Telescope’s version.
Carolyn loves to create her own Advent calendars throughout the year, so she doesn’t have the last-minute December rush to complete presents, especially since she gifts them before December 1. It’s the perfect gift to give someone who can buy anything for themselves, because it’s a gift from the heart.
“I like the heart that goes into gifts more than the dollar amount,” said Carolyn. (tweet this)
Handmade Advent calendars can be themed for kids and adults. Carolyn even uses the concept of an Advent calendar to celebrate any occasion including birthdays and other holidays or events such as leaving for college gifts. In addition, they are the perfect way to use up any gelli print O.O.P.S. you may have sitting around.
I’m thrilled that Carolyn will be showing us how to create our very own Advent Calendars as part of our Handcrafted Holidays class.
Free Print from Carolyn
About Me (Miriam Schulman)
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About Carolyn Dube
|Carolyn Dube of A Colorful Journey|
Once Carolyn allowed herself the freedom to play, her art was transformed. Creating became joyful and the stress faded away. Although the urge to be a perfectionist still bubbles to the surface from time to time, it doesn’t have the same power as it did when she was younger.
Carolyn has made it her passion to share this way of creating with others through classes and workshops. You can find Carolyn online at AColorfulJourney.com/.