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Day 11 – Let’s Play with Colors! Part One

Welcome to Day 11 of 31 Days to Build Your Creative Confidence. My husband was looking over my shoulder as I worked on yesterday’s post asking, “Are you still feeling creative?” Of course he was being facetious but perhaps a bit curious, too. Can I really right 31 posts on creativity? I could probably write 131. I haven’t even touched on some of the current research on why creativity matters and how critical it is to make sure our kids are allowed to practice creative thinking, develop their art skills, play games that require their imagination. Current research also shows that adults are seriously lacking opportunities to build creative confidence and we need to spend way more time in creative endeavors than we currently do.

While the bulk of this blog series is dedicated to art and writing, each of us has a unique creative expression. Perhaps you love photography, music, clay, acting, singing, dancing, or are a closet creative genius at designing interiors or iPhone apps. The point is, when you engage in creative activities like making art or journaling, it opens your mind to see new possibilities in other areas of your life.

When I work with coaching clients I often have them color, journal, doodle, make mindmaps… I use all kinds of creative tools. What I find is that the more they are willing to engage in creative play, the more ideas begin to flow around improving their life and their business. Click here if you want to learn more about my creativity coaching.

Engaging in creative play can help you grow your business!

My point is to encourage you to engage in creative play. To do that, I am going to spend the next several blog posts discussing ways to play with color! We are going to take it slow and easy and have fun with color. I think I mentioned in another post about the joy of opening a new box of crayons, that’s the feeling I want you to capture with this lesson. I love this quote on color from Larry K. Stephenson. I found it on, a great site full of fun quotes and information on colors.

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Lesson 11 of Build Your Creative Confidence: Let’s Play with Colors! Part One

1. Get ready: find a box of crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, oil pastels…. the tool doesn’t matter. Use what you have at home or go to the Dollar Store and treat yourself to some new art supplies.

2. Use a page in your journal or find any piece of white paper. Drawing paper is great because it is thicker and holds color better but any paper will do. The key to making this program work is to make it easy, so use what’s available.

3. Make your own color wheel. Remember in school learning about primary, secondary and tertiary colors? Or maybe learning about cool and warm colors? If you want more details about color theory, read this excellent post from

  • The primary colors are red, yellow and blue.
  • The secondary colors are green, orange and purple. They are created by combining two primary colors.
  • The tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors.

4. To make your color wheel, use a plate to trace a circle onto your piece of paper. Then use a ruler to draw even spaces around the circle so you have a series of triangles like in the image above.

5. Follow the order of the colors in the wheel above, but have fun mixing your colors. You could allow them to flow into each other more like a rainbow than the segments of the orange.

6. Admire your color wheel! Keep it somewhere where you can find it, I will refer back to it in my next post on playing with color when we take colors off the wheel and play with them even more!

Happy coloring!! As you look at the color wheel, do you have a favorite color or side of the wheel that draws you in? Leave your comments about color below.