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|Wednesday, March 20th, 2013|
questions on getting started with menstrala?
Hi everyone! I'm new to the idea of menstrala, but think it would be a fun and interesting project. I've been becoming a whole lot more spiritual and in touch with my body lately, and reading some of the awesome posts on this blog has really shown me that this could be a really awesome thing for me to do!
So I have a few questions, as I want to make sure I'm doing things the right away (and avoiding any safety/health issues). How do you store your blood until you use it? Does it need to be refrigerated, or just kept in a jar? How long can you keep it before you should throw it out? Do you do anything to seal the pictures after you're done painting? Are there any other weird logistics/tips for doing menstrala?
Thanks so much for your help ladies. I can't wait to get started - which should be next weekend!
|Sunday, March 3rd, 2013|
Hello everyone! I am 16, almost 17. I recently joined and it's great to be able to communicate with others who share an interest in the honoring, instead of shaming menstruation. I've always had an interest in menstruation. I wanted my period SO badly for about 3 years before I actually got my period ( I was 13 when I started ). You always hear people say, oh you'll hate it once you get it. I never did hate it. I do get mild to severe cramps and sometimes my period can be a little inconvenient, but I've never hated it. There's something amazing about being able to create another person, you are truly creating life and menstrual blood is a symbol of that. I use a menstrual cup (Divacup) and I always felt that throwing my menstrual blood down the toilet was a shame and a waste. I have not painted with my blood, and don't have much of interest in doing that because I'm not much of a painter. I am trying to become more spiritual though and am planning on giving my blood back to Earth by pouring it on the ground. It feels kind of ridiculous but maybe it will feel right once I do it, knowing that my blood is nurturing the Earth instead of being chemically filtrated in a water processing plant like it's poison. I also think it would be very interesting to use my blood as ink. I have a quill pen and I am thinking about writing with my blood ( in a journal, that is private ). Anyways, I've started collecting my blood for that last 2 days of my cycle for these reasons, so here is my moon blood (with a moon stone).
|Sunday, January 15th, 2012|
|Sunday, November 13th, 2011|
|Thursday, November 24th, 2011|
It's my second month using a menstrual cup (diva cup) And I'm absolutely LOVING it. Menstrala is such powerful art form, It truly speaks to me. I am 14, and am proud of my period. Most people my age are embarrassed and would do ANYTHING to not have a period. I think of my period as a gift. I embrace my womanhood. I started doing menstrala last month, my first month using my menstrual cup. I've told alot of my close friends about menstrual cups and menstrual art, most think that menstrual art revolting, but I accept that they aren't comfortable with their menstrual cycle. I embrace mine. A few of my friends are actually looking into getting a menstrual cup. I am proud that at this age, I am inspiring teens to embrace their menstruation. Current Mood: artistic
|Wednesday, December 1st, 2010|
|Wednesday, November 17th, 2010|
My most recent blood piece.
|Monday, November 1st, 2010|
My first menstrual blood paintings
I got my first menstrual cup this month (a small Yuuki)! I didn't even know such things existed until about two months ago, but they are fantastic. My cup is really comfortable, it doesn't leak & I don't have to change it all the time like a tampon.
I did some paintings with my blood this month (for the first time). It was a lot more interesting than I expected, menstrual blood is very different to work with compared with paint (it is gooey & stretchy, a bit like paint mixed with glue except more stretchy than that). I used 5x7 inch watercolour paper for my paintings.
This is the first painting that I did (it is sort-of a woman symbol): I used the blood from the centre of this painting as my "paint-pot" from which I painted the rest of the picture. The photo was taken soon after I finished painting:
I wanted to frame the above 5x7 inch image, but the only frame I had was an A4 size... so I created a background using a piece of A4 computer paper. First I painted the paper with watered down blood, then I dribbled blood over it (the paper crinkled a lot because it was thin). The final framed A4 image below used about 70% of my blood for this cycle (my flow is fairly light):
For the below painting, I poured 1/3 of a teaspoon of blood onto the left side of the piece of paper, then used the blood from that 'splotch' to make the rest of the painting (I used the handle of the paintbrush to make all the lines and dots, I only used the brush part to paint the watered down background):
The following picture was painted using 1/4 teaspoon of brown blood from day 3 of my cycle (usually the blood in my menstrual cup is red, but this time it was brown):
This "goblin" critter was painted on day 4, with the last bit of blood from my cycle this month (the blood was still very red, but less stretchy than at the start of my bleeding). The photo was taken as soon as I'd finished painting (the colour is a bit strange because I was using a lamp instead of daylight):
The following morning (10 hours later) the 'goblin' looked like this. The blood had dried but it was still quite red:
Last month (September 2010) I took some photos of my bloodied underwear. It might be my last "pad-only" period (because I have been using a menstrual cup this month for the first time). My period surprised me by coming early (a 19 day cycle) when I was wearing white underwear. My period was heavier than usual. The blood avoided the pads that I was wearing & made a big mess on my undies.
I wish I'd got the lighting better for the photo below because it turned out fairly grainy. I also wanted to get the red blood to 'stand out' more in the photo, but I wasn't sure how to do that (I guess I need a special photo editing programme?)
|Tuesday, June 1st, 2010|
|Tuesday, April 27th, 2010|
stump on a hand
hi all! thought you may appreciate this...
my personfriend, for his sculpture class, used some of my blood in a piece made of magic mold, trash, and twigs. (he combined the blood with wood glue).
it's called "30 minute limit on consumption"
when we first mixed it it was almost congealing...really strange texture. then once it was applied the blood began to drip OUT of the glue!! and then by the time it came to present the sculpture to the class it was darkdark and dried (mostly). cool cool.( Read more...Collapse )
|Tuesday, April 13th, 2010|
|Sunday, April 11th, 2010|
This months painting.
|Thursday, March 18th, 2010|
Hello lovely ladies :)
I just had a question about what I can do to seal
my paintings. My first one I had laminated, but the laminating process of course flattens everything out, makes it glossy and plasticy...Iv heard some of you mention some sort of spray that you use? I dont want to mix the blood with acrylic, as my personal project revolves around the blood being pure, but I do want a way to perseve the originals so they dont go bad or start flaking off of the page.
|Monday, March 15th, 2010|
The background is blood because I'm incapable of painting in watercolor. :D I think it turned out well.
|Sunday, March 14th, 2010|
's post reminded me that yes, the community is rather quiet, and that I should be producing more blood art in general.
I realized I never posted these two-
This is from October of last year:
This is from December of last year:
With the last six pieces (including these two) of blood art I made, I started by just applying the blood to paper, without a specific image planned. Then I gazed at the blood until an image that seemed right came to mind, sort of like an inkblot test. Current Mood: bouncy
|Saturday, March 13th, 2010|
I know this community looks faaaiiirrly dead, but Im hoping enough of the listed members are still active on LJ that I might get some feedback. I cant actually seem to find any other online communities for this and as a totally newbie I was rather hoping to be able to interact with other women who do this!
This is my first try at it and Im really looking for some feedback. My Full Journal Post Here
Thanks! Hope some of you are still there ;)
|Sunday, January 2nd, 2005|
I was a bit shy about posting this question, but then I figured "what the hell?" and though I would anyway...I've got a question that might seem a little strange really but I wanted to see..
I've recently begun using a menstrual cup, and I've developed a new fascination with my blood (apparently using a cup will do that to you). Given that this is a blood art community, I figured I'd come have a look as I'm very interested. I'm thinking more about temporary art, photography and such. I find it really fascinating to empty my cup and play with the patterns of blood and water. I'm interested in playing with this a bit and photographing what I come up with. Is there anyone else here that is interested in this sort of thing?
I'm also curious about using the blood to do some art on my body, which would then be photographed, but I'm not sure if this would be appropriate to share here, since there would be nudity involved.
so yeh... there's my odd question :D Current Mood: curious
|Wednesday, November 11th, 2009|
hi ladies (and gents?)!
i'm interested in menstrual art, but two projects i would like to do aren't paintings, and i need some advice from those of you used to working with blood as a medium...
first of all -- and please don't judge, i know it seems cheesy -- i want to create a blood vial necklace containing a little of my blood and a little of my husband's. i have some vials to work with, and i plan to seal them permanently with adhesive and decoratively with wax possibly. anyway, i have no idea how to go about preserving the blood so that it doesn't evaporate, rot, clot, change color, etc... i don't mind a little darkening, of course, but i still want it to be obviously our blood. i don't even mind if it's just a couple drops from each of us -- doesn't have to be a full vial... so i'm wondering if using alcohol, oil, or some other "carrier" would work? actually, it would be quite interesting visually if it was a few drops "floating" in a clear solution such as alcohol/oil.
secondly, i have a glass bottle in the shape of a female torso that is currently filled with a red-tinted liquid and silk flowers, which i use as one of my Goddess statues. i would like to empty it, and refill it using my mentstrual blood and some herbs that represent the Goddess. again, i would be happy to include a carrier liquid and the amount of blood doesn't have to fill the bottle (it's about 4 - 5 inches tall -- that's a lot of blood!). this will then be sealed with cork and wax most likely (as it currently is), but i can also include a permanent sealant if necessary.
so, i am looking to this community for suggestions of how i can accomplish this -- preserving the blood in liquid form to prevent rancidity, clotting, etc.
i appreciate any suggestions!
|Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009|
|Sunday, November 1st, 2009|
is menstrual art hygienic?
I have only recently discovered menstrual art and I find it facinating. All the pictures that I've seen in this community are beautiful. They seem to bring more spirituality to the picture.
Hovever I have seen more wonderful artworks on deviant art. I'm a little put off by all the negative comments posted by most viewers. Is menstrual art actually unhygienic? Does it contain harmful bacteria? Or are people just disgusted because of how society has made anything to do with menstruation almost taboo?