Taking Risk in Creative Practice

Taking risks isn’t a bad thing. While there are many ways to engage risk, I want to talk about taking risks in your creative practice. I shared earlier in the series that I like to art journal in books I like. Today I’m sharing on painting risks in art journaling – as in trying new techniques.

The kind a risk I’m talking about is learning how to paint with different colors, different techniques, and styles. This year I took a course on painting portraits. I still need to finish the course, but I took a lot out of it. The important thing for me was to not to be afraid to try something new that I’d never done before. I was Challenged to draw and paint faces with more detail using different kinds of materials and mediums. I had to stretch myself to learn about color, line, and value. And I’m actually kind of glad that I took the course because it’s helped me build confidence in my ability.

I think sometimes when were engaging in a creative practice we think that we are not qualified to even try, but that is not true. All it takes is that we show up and be consistent in our practice. When we do that we find out we grow ourselves. We overcome our fears, and we find that we can do more than we thought we ever could.

Isn’t that just like life? It’s the showing of that matters at the end of the day. It is the tenacity we build in rising up every time we fall that gives us the capacity to do hard things.

Risk looks different for each one of us. So I encourage you today in your creative practice to stretch yourself and try a new technique that you’ve never tried before. You never know where it will lead. And you might learn something new about yourself that was always hidden-the treasure waiting to be discovered by you.

Happy creating! Here’s a video I took of me painting with black and white acrylics in my altered book.

Tell me about your creative practice stories. I’d love to hear them.


In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary, everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.


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