Overcome your art fears

The Sparkle Experiment small creative play equals connection

What is it about making art that you’re most intimidated or nervous or anxious or afraid or overwhelmed about? Pick your own negative emotion if none of those resonate with you, but ask yourself, “Why do I feel _________ ?”

  • Intimidated: “I’m bad at drawing and can’t change that.”
  • Nervous: “What if I make bad art and someone sees and teases me?”
  • Anxious: “It reminds me of school and a teacher saying I’m bad at it.”
  • Afraid: “I haven’t done it in so long and I don’t know how.”
  • Overwhelmed: “I don’t know where to even start.”

The best way to overcome your fears is to write them down on paper so they’re not trapped rattling around your mind. The words can hold less power in physical form so you can begin work on overcoming them. Once you’ve written them down, have a go at reframing them into a statement that feels more neutral or positive:

  • Intimidated: “I’m a beginner but I’ve learnt new things before so I can have a go at this.”
  • Nervous: “It’s a personal private project where I get to experiment.”
  • Anxious: “I don’t have to do anything perfect, I’ll learn as I go
  • Afraid: “I don’t need to have all the answers before I begin.”
  • Overwhelmed: “I don’t need anything fancy to get started, a pencil and paper will do and I can start right now drawing simple shapes or whatever is in front of me at home right now.”

Find a lighter alternative to believe so you can get on with the fun of enjoying making your art.