On Learning New Art Forms Part the First

I’ve been thinking about the types of art that I want to do.  In a perfect world, it would be ALL THE ARTS! However, I sat down and made a list of things that I definitely want to learn, things I’ve contemplated learning, and skills I have but would like to improve upon.

Let’s start with skills I want to learn, why I want to learn them,

Macramé.  I’ve loved this art form since I was a child. I remember my mom had this macramé owl that I was enamored with.  I loved that ugly brown thing. I can still remember the smell of it too. Musky, like a hippie (which my mother, oddly enough, was not.)  

Acrylic Paints/Pouring technique. If you’ve never seen this technique it’s quite mesmerizing.  You should check it out on YouTube if you haven’t. It’s one of the most calming things I’ve ever seen.  These are some of the most beautiful pieces that I’ve ever seen. I’ve not yet tried it, but it seems like it could end up being almost meditative.

Petrified/Resin Art. Who wouldn’t want to create little mini-universes all your own? And you’re not just limited to the small round molds.  The possibilities are endless. I was introduced to this by another artist friend of mine, Sarah.  (You should check her out.  She and her husband Jeral create some of the most amazing art you will ever see)

Cross Stitch. Let’s be honest, there is so much versatility with CS patterns.  You can make pretty and traditional patterns. You can make subversive patterns.  Hell, if you’re good enough you can make your own patterns. And let’s be honest. Who doesn’t want to stab something thousands of times with a needle?  How therapeutic that must be.

Sewing. I’ve always wanted to sew.  To make my own clothes, to make fun bags for people to carry. I’d love to be able to tailor my own clothes as well.  

I’ll stop here since my list is longer than I thought.  So I guess this is “to be continued.”

~Lu

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Art and Anxiety

OH LOOK! An actual blog post!

I think the hardest thing for me when dealing with anxiety, is that it affects every aspect of my life.  From getting in the shower to driving down the road.  But the worst part of the hardest part is that it stifles my creativity.  I see all of these wonderful things that I want to try, but think, “Whoa, Lu… What if you suck at it?” I know that developing a talent takes patience and practice, but patience has never been my forte.  I took me almost 18 years to be able to read a crochet pattern.  Now that I have this deep-seated desire to use art as an outlet, or as a way to cope with my anxiety and depression, I’m finding that sometimes it adds to it.  I’m lucky enough to have a partner that supports everything I want to do.  Hell, he even will learn things along with me.  I showed him alcohol inking and he took off.  We were actually able to give my mom and grandma alcohol inked coasters for Mother’s day.

So, how do I combat the anxiety?  How do I combat the voice in my head, that was rooted there from previous relationships telling me that I’m never going to get it?  Tonight is especially bad, dealing with a case of the melancholy.  So, for now, what I’m going to do is put some laundry in, grab my hook and my yarn and get shit done.

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The Strange Lunaverse Family Is Expanding

I am excited to announce the addition of the lovely Toby to our SL Family!  Toby will be helping with blog content and other social media management.  She’s been writing for most of her life and is more than just an asset, she has been family for the last 13 years.  I am so lucky and honored to call her sister and have her as part of my team.

Much Love,

Lu

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Welcome

We here in the Lunaverse would like to welcome you.  Pull up a chair. Have a cuppa. We have exciting things coming your way.  Please bear with us as we try and get things up and running the way that we envision them running. 

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