atozinco (atozinco) wrote in blood_art,

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?)

Tags: menstrala
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