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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