“I’d Love to do Art, but I’m No Good”, One piece of Advice

Be Brave, and just start creating.

If you are one of those people who says, “I’d love to do art, but I’m no good at it.”  Or, “I’d love to do art, but I can’t draw.” I’d like to offer you a piece of advice, be brave.  Just start creating.  Don’t worry about if your work is as good as the next person, just start. Explore different mediums, explore different styles, remember, there is more to art than realistic drawing, and there is more to art than just painting.

Get a book on mixed media art and start exploring the techniques, there are many, you can crumple tissue paper and glue it down to a board or canvas with acrylic medium, rub some acrylic paint on a piece of bubble wrap and then press it on top of part of your canvas to leave a design, go align and fine public domain images and cut out parts you like to arrange on your piece, glue down pieces of fabric, add in some little jewelry findings, some artificial leaves or real preserved flowers and leaves.  If you have a camera go take some photos and cut them apart and add them to your piece.  Just explore, rearrange things until they look pleasing to you, and only then glue them back down.

Randomly splash watercolor or ink here and there, glue down lace.  Pick colors you like, or that you think will go with your decor.


Here are some videos you can watch that show some ideas and techniques you can use to create awesome art, even if you can’t draw a stick figure!

These videos show you how to create awesome art, even if you can't draw a stick figure! Click To Tweet


So that is my advice, don’t say, “I can’t”, just start doing something!

12 Responses to “I’d Love to do Art, but I’m No Good”, One piece of Advice

  1. This is such good advice. Also all the masters weren’t amazing straight away, ok a few were, but most spent years training, studying and producing work they weren’t happy with before they were ‘discovered’.

    • True, drawing for example, is not generally something people are just born knowing, you have to study and learn certain techniques, and then you have to practice, practice, practice.

  2. Your post has motivated me…to try…I saw the first tutorial…extremely fascinating. Keep sharing such posts and videos. Looking forward to reading more such posts as part of UBC.

    Here is what I wrote recently. Do take a look and let me know…

  3. I am willing to say that, while I managed ONCE to make a woodcut worth saving [alas and alack after 6 decades it is only to found when we recover the 10 lost tribes], I prefer to purchase art that makes my heart sing. And, given the hangings in my house, I have more voices than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

    • Well, I do believe anyone CAN find an art form they can do, but it does take the desire to do so. Some people just don’t really desire it, and that is fine, we all have different passions.

  4. I used to think that I had no artistic talent whatsoever. I went back to college and took an art class for nonmajors. I decided that my paintings would not be good. That actually gave me a lot of freedom because I thought, “Well, I have no talent so I don’t have to worry about the result. I’m just going to have fun!” I was super relaxed because I had no expectations! I drew happily and painted with great glee because I actually saw the class as entertainment. Then, someone asked me why I wasn’t an art major. Apparently, I did have good results because I was so relaxed and happy.

  5. Excellent advice. I wanted to go to college to become an interior designer when I was 18 but someone told me I’d couldn’t because I couldn’t draw; so I didn’t….until 10 years later when I decided to go in spite of my lack of drawing skills. Now I’m an interior designer. It took me a long time to become brave, so I hope others who are reading won’t take as long. Thanks for the great post.

  6. I think we get caught up in “if it’s not great, it’s not worth doing”. Which is false. The joy is in the doing, not in the finished result. Just do it because it’s fun.

  7. Art needs great dedication and practice.Very nice post.Its true in case of music also.
    I had no idea of music till I started learning and its now about 2 years ,with practice I can produce quite good music now.I play Flute.Long way to go but I am not going to quit my learning. Your post motivated me to be on track.Thank you.