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The UNofficial Coven

promoting art contests with unrestricted creativity!

started by the 3 wise women
maiden mother crone
[wicked fae mage] [moira hawthorne] [LynnAnneBrown]
coven members needed to help in all ways!


The UNofficial Contests

My Way Inn
by [LynnAnneBrown]


Unofficial Mythology Contest
by [wicked fae mage]


The UNofficial Unicorn Special
by [moira hawthorne]


The UNofficial Tarot

Come help us put together
ElfTown's First Tarot Deck


mh's cosplay challenge

Original Character Cosplay Fun
by [moira hawthorne]


Thomas Matty & a Hunting Girl

art inspired by one of these three songs
Steeleye Span - Thomas the Rhymer
Fairport Convention - Matty Groves
Jethro Tull - Hunting Girl
by [moira hawthorne]


UNofficial Expressions of Romance
by [wicked fae mage]



UNofficial Valentine Contest 10
by [wicked fae mage]


UNofficial Fae Contest
By: [wicked fae mage]

UNofficial Contests IDEAs/Suggestions

UNofficial Zodiac Contest~Thought in Process (TIP)
a woods full of nymphs & satyrs!
My Hero......the unexpected champion


UNofficial Coven Members

[wicked fae mage] - maiden
[moira hawthorne] - mother
[LynnAnneBrown] - crone

and as a home for members
pagans and all free loving creative individuals
there is


come join in and participate in the fun


UNofficial Coven Photo Exchange

This is the place to ask folk to help by providing photo's for art reference and photo manipulation
and for Photographer to express an interest in providing the photo's.


Past Events

Unofficial Valentine Contest 09(Closed)
by [wicked fae mage]

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2009-02-19 [LynnAnneBrown]: Fabulous, I can't wait to get started.

2009-02-19 [moira hawthorne]: we need to list all the creative wiki/contest running now... and list ideas... we can have a member list aswell

2009-02-19 [LynnAnneBrown]: absolutely, should we create wiki's for each subject

The contests

The ideas

The members

or should we start by putting everything on the one page.

2009-02-19 [moira hawthorne]: I think one page.... this one for now.... when things get longer we can separtate them... but for the time that it all fit... why make people watch 4 wikis...

2009-02-19 [LynnAnneBrown]: I'm with you we can always split things up later when it gets to full.

2009-02-19 [LynnAnneBrown]: We Will have to help make a banner for the mythology contest, It deserves one.

2009-02-19 [moira hawthorne]: definately!!!

2009-02-19 [LynnAnneBrown]: You have been busy, I love the moon bars

2009-02-19 [moira hawthorne]: thx u... needed a way to divid the contest banners... and now there is a real plan to the page.

2009-02-19 [wicked fae mage]: o.o RFC, SFK and chasing allies takes up enough time to equal out to you guys conspiring^^

Nice =3

2009-02-19 [moira hawthorne]: hey its just too bad we arent on the same server...

2009-02-19 [moira hawthorne]: oppppps you spelt her name wrong... its fae not fay
and you left the T out of mythology
you need a coffee love

2009-02-19 [Madhalf Heatlump]: (In Shatnerese)Is this... could this be... the triad of evil?
Ganging up on helpless elftown and it's many and assorted rules for contests etc?
Hmmmmmmmmmm..... ;)

2009-02-19 [LynnAnneBrown]: oh shit you are right I will fix that now

2009-02-19 [moira hawthorne]: ROB... we arent evil... but we are bad! (said in MaeWestese)

2009-02-19 [moira hawthorne]: have another coffee raven... you still left the T out of mythology

2009-02-19 [LynnAnneBrown]: Fixed it, Thanks moira for pointing that out.

2009-02-19 [moira hawthorne]: no you are half way there love...

2009-02-19 [LynnAnneBrown]: It looks like I could use the whole pot

2009-02-19 [LynnAnneBrown]: Well, I think I got it........fixed ;)

2009-02-19 [moira hawthorne]: looks good to me

2009-02-19 [LynnAnneBrown]: Thanks :)

2009-02-20 [wicked fae mage]: Teehee...

It is too bad. We could have some fun on Blade's Edge with out whacky raid guild.

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: my guild name is ... GODS OF PAIN

2009-02-20 [wicked fae mage]: o.o Doooood. Sweeete.

2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: I definitely need to catch up on this conversation.........:) Blade's Edge?

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: bLADE'S edGE IS A SERVER NAME ON WOW... wicked's server... im emerald dream...

2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: Ahhhhhhh...........Now I get it.

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: yah.... too bad servers cant interact

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: who idea was My Hero......the unexpected champion???

2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: mine

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: ahhhhhhhh....

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: <img200*0:stuff/aj/49339/faded%20dreams09.jpg>
just playin with an old unicorn of mine

2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: Ooooooohhhhh......I like it a lot. The texture is wonderful. It feels like an old cloth banner or tapestry.

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: well it is... its my wiccan pouch

2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: The other thing I noticed was the triple spiral in the bottom corners. The ones that look like a bit like Yin Yang symbols with an extra piece. I have always liked that shape, I used to doodle it a lot when I was a kid. Usually into little round windows that I would put just below the roof peak in houses and cottages, but elsewhere as well. I know that it has a traditional meaning, I've seen the symbol around, most recently in the center hub of a "Wheel of Dharma" image I was looking at.
It is interesting to note that that center image is known by Buddhists as "Gankyil" the wheel of joy
I also found it interesting to note that the Wheel of Dharma in it's most common form, strongly resembles our pagan wheel of the year. Of course this should not be surprising since Buddhism was born out Hinduism in which triform gods and godesses abound.
These images are from the following wikipedia articles.
What is also interesting to note is that the Gankyil is an attribute of the snow lion, which the wikipedia article on the snow lion states is "somewhat energetically comparable to the western unicorn, though without a horn"

2009-02-20 [wicked fae mage]: *plops down for Wiccan history lesson*

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: the symbol is used in celtic religan ... patterns of 3 are call triskilens (spellin is wrong) the 3 is for the 3 worlds... AIR WATER/SEA and EARTH and the center element is FIRE

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: and Raven you may have noticed my god's bracelet while you were over...

2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: More on the Triskelion from wikipedia.

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: <img200*0:stuff/aj/49339/my%20God%27s%20bracelt.jpg>

2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: Yes, It's a nice example of the triple spiral woven into knotwork as well.

2009-02-20 [wicked fae mage]: AWESOME ^^

2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: I found a nice image of the triple spiral from the passage grave at New Grange, Ireland.


2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: I like the site, I think I will be going back there, a time or two at least, thanks moira

2009-02-20 [wicked fae mage]: <<< enjoying learning while sick.

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: hope you get better soon... but while you are sick ... yah reading stuff is good...

2009-02-20 [wicked fae mage]: Uh huh... It's keeping my mind off of being sick.

And the tea I'm making smells like fruit roll ups o.o

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: half the people I know are sick now...

2009-02-20 [Rice]: I'll help if you like and join ^^?

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: sounds goood to me

2009-02-20 [Rice]: Add me to whatever you like and give me some orders boss *salutes*

2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: It sounds good to me as well

2009-02-20 [moira hawthorne]: hummmmmm Raven do we have any work that needs done at the moment?

2009-02-20 [LynnAnneBrown]: I think talking up the contests and the idea with folks would be a good start.........And I'm sure if [Rice] has an idea for a contest we could help her set it up, the more the merrier in my mind.

2009-02-21 [Rice]: Well...hmm contests.
You could be really clique and just do a poetry/art/photography context about wiccans ect?

2009-02-21 [moira hawthorne]: there are a done of wiccan wiki on ET... maybe a express your wiccan persona?

2009-02-21 [Rice]: Yeah.
Each person has to express their inner wiccan.
Are they dark, light, firey, love, virtuous ect ect
Each person should have to pick a unique persona and then express it in poetry, photography or drawing? Or maybe all three.

2009-02-21 [moira hawthorne]: why not just leave media open like the other UNofficial contests?

2009-02-21 [Rice]: So ANYTHING.
Stock art creations....??
But if we leave the media open how will it be judged?

2009-02-21 [LynnAnneBrown]: I agree, leave it open and you never know what you will get, and that is half the fun of it. Oh and I'd like to suggest that you make it Inner Pagan that would include a lot more people.

2009-02-21 [moira hawthorne]: well my personal feelings for the use of stock art... is you should use your own photos if you arent using them for anything other than ref to make your own painting... if all you are doing if putting other people's photos together its cut and paste...

but the mode of opertation for the UNofficial contests is all and any media... to encourage creativity...

2009-02-21 [Rice]: I think some stock art is nice, so long as the person is good at it and merges the pictures, feathers layers ect.
However if they just copy and paste things its ickie.

2009-02-21 [moira hawthorne]: thats skilled copy and paste... a step up from kindergarden...
my peeve is when stock 'art' artist gets praised... when the creativity and beauty is in the stock itself... than it should be the stock photographer getting praised...

but thats my opinion

2009-02-21 [Rice]: I can see where you're coming from.

2009-02-21 [LynnAnneBrown]: I can see your point. Although I can see instances where the inclusion of elements an others photograph might be necessary when the artist does not have access to an element they wish to include. A narwal horn for a unicorn. An Ancient tree for the background to a figure. And there is the whole art of collage. But I can also see pitfalls of opening up those possibilities.
I wonder if it would help if folks who used stock were required to acknowledge the photographer they used and show that the stock was either creative commons licenced for that purpose or that they had consent from the artist. But even as I am writing this I am wondering If I am just opening a whole kettle of worms.......

2009-02-21 [moira hawthorne]: I think we need to have faith that the artist will create their own new unique art... that stock will be only one of the many tools in their bucket... that their heart will dictate their vision and that they will be creative... as the spirit of these wikis is trying to encourage

2009-02-21 [LynnAnneBrown]: [moira hawthorne]Wonderful....Beautifully thought....Beautifully said....Because in essence that is what this place is all about, Faith: Faith in ourselves. Faith in each other. Faith in the muses that guide and inspire us. Thank You for the reminder.

2009-02-21 [moira hawthorne]: THank You! I do thinkum some times! shall we make a section of Thoughts on Creativity so that they dont get lost in the comments?

2009-02-21 [LynnAnneBrown]: Absolutely, I think these kind of discussions are the foundation of what we are doing here and for them to get lost would be a shame.

Also I was thinking we might create our own "Stock Exchange", A place where people can request photo's they need for something they are working on and for people to offer photo's that they think will help another project along. We could also use this as a forum for discussing the use of stock and how to credit other artists when we incorporate their work in ours.

2009-02-21 [moira hawthorne]: I have always been willing to take a photo or 3 whenever anyone asks for something... I think thats more useful than a hundred random images that dont suit the particular idea and position that the artist is trying to portray... beside there is already an HUGE stock image collection being created by [Hedda] here on ET... maybe what we should have written in the wiki is a list of member willing to take reference photos and a request section for a particular image

2009-02-21 [LynnAnneBrown]: Perfect, I agree, it is frustrating looking hundreds of images looking for the picture that catches the pose or angle or expression you need to reference for a drawing or include in a photomanip, especially if in the end you do not find anything at all. Or if what you do find is........close, but not quite what you were hoping for. Also it will give the folk who enjoy taking the stock photo's a direction to go in. Although I enjoyed taking the photo's I have entered in the Face Reference Competition, I have already submitted a hundred photo's and have only began exploring the possibilities of what could be done with photo's of the face. And although it has been a fun exercise, It would be even more fun If I was helping to interpret a specific vision.

2009-02-22 [moira hawthorne]: well write it up love!

2009-02-22 [LynnAnneBrown]: It's coming......:)

2009-02-22 [Cia_mar]: a nice wiki to have.... hope that it gets much love!
if i have time i will enter some of the contests, though at the time, i have little time
but totally support the wiki!

2009-02-22 [LynnAnneBrown]: Thank you, I look forward to seeing more of you.

2009-02-23 [moira hawthorne]: Hey Jen! *huggggles*

2009-02-23 [moira hawthorne]: shifted around the title... given things their 'correct' importance

2009-02-23 [LynnAnneBrown]: Like the change, but then that is the great thing about the wiki structure, it lends itself well to allowing our inpirations, idea's and thoughts to evolve and grow.

[moira hawthorne] I understand now why you like it so much and don't really see the need for forums, because between the wiki's themselves to make things in, and the comment area for chatting and discussion, and the private messages for anything else, you have really got things covered.

I want to thank you because it has been playing and working with you in some of your wiki's that has demonstrated to me just how wonderful a tool they can be.

2009-02-23 [moira hawthorne]: you are most welcome... yah ET forums give me heart burn... other site have half decent forums... but here the wikis are the best so I cant see why anyone would use forums... they are so balls up ackward!

2009-04-10 [wicked fae mage]: O.o This page hasn't gotten much love lately. And I thought of another suggestion and wanted some more input on it. What about our beloved elves?

Contests depicting elves, dwarves, gnomes, dragons and every other race?

Perhaps doing mage, witch, warrior etc contests?

2009-04-11 [moira hawthorne]: we could do all the creatures mythological or other wise... with the theme of attracting the NON typical MOST creative of each!!!

2009-04-12 [wicked fae mage]: Awesome idea =3

My friend and I did a photomanip of me as a poison elf ^^

2009-04-12 [moira hawthorne]: ooooooooooooooooooo i want to see that!

2009-04-12 [wicked fae mage]: I put it up in my house as my pic. in my diary I also left a link to the most embarrassing pic I've ever photoshopped >.> I'm not sure if it's because I made Brett into an elf or a hero, but either way...

And I'm thinking of playing around with other people's pics, too and making them into poison elves/dark elves.

2009-04-13 [moira hawthorne]: you sure you are a poison elf? ... you look like a night elf
either way you looks great!

2009-04-13 [wicked fae mage]: *attacks night elves* No, I'm a posion elf. I'll do a full body shot of me being wicked and posioning me blades *cackles*

Here is the explanation: uber project

And I wish I could show you my little project. You might like to help out on it.

2009-04-21 [lacy_azlin]: Guess I shall watch this. See what pops up.

2009-05-05 [Desi the Red Rose]: Hey sister, i was wondering, I am working with a deck of T.Cards. Its called Fairy Ring...i was wondering, what do you think of it.

2009-05-05 [wicked fae mage]: Very pretty pictures *eyes twinkle*
I personally don't think the deck matters as much as the user or the readie.

2009-05-05 [moira hawthorne]: the most important thing with tarot cards is to find a deck that work for YOU! this mean the imagery is very personal... I have like 4 decks... one was given to me by my teacher... as a good starter deck... but it left me cold... i didnt get anything from it... I have 3 I use for different reasons... a celtic tree deck a norse rune deck and a faery deck...

2009-05-05 [wicked fae mage]: I only have 1 deck >.<

2009-05-05 [moira hawthorne]: well... im 44 Ive had more time to collect 4 decks ... 3 I like

2009-05-05 [moira hawthorne]: there's diffiately nothing wrong with havin only one deck... if it works for you and you are happy with it

2009-05-05 [Yuriona]: I has no deck. ;_; They're not so common up my way. Same for rune stones for that matter. *sighs*

2009-05-06 [Desi the Red Rose]: i dont have rune stones. So far the deck is working for me but i been told that a deck "speaks" to you....well, the only feeling i get is that i need to like shuffle it alot or something...does that make any damn sense?

2009-05-06 [moira hawthorne]: not to slam the door on all the warm goddess loving fuzzy pagan thoughts... but no i think you are soppose to get it from the imagery of the cards...

btw i dont have runes... well I suppose i do... but what i was talking about were my rune cards... they are tarot... but based on the norse gods and the runes...

2009-05-07 [wicked fae mage]: I don't have runes as in the rocks...or a crystal ball or scrying stone >.>

I want them just for the looks of being an Albino Gyspy. <3

2009-05-07 [Desi the Red Rose]: Well, the cards do tell alot about me, if that means anything. I do have feel like i am connected to the imagery of the cards.

2009-05-07 [wicked fae mage]: I like the imagry on my cards, but I thought of how cool it would be to draw my own characters.

2009-05-07 [Desi the Red Rose]: Yeah.

2009-05-07 [wicked fae mage]: Uber anime characters...elves, trolls etc. *eyes twinkle* and faes...vampires....

2009-05-07 [moira hawthorne]: there have been several tarot 'contests'... on other sites... havent seen one on ET... maybe we should do it tho... everyone chooses one card to depict... from a list of them all... so everyone is doing a different card... and we could choose an over all theme...

2009-05-07 [wicked fae mage]: Hmmm...fantasy as the theme.
The card to be done should be The Lovers.
Go UNoffical Coven!

2009-05-07 [moira hawthorne]: no i meant... each person dicpicts a different card... so we would have the whole deck repersented...

2009-05-07 [moira hawthorne]: other wise it be too much like say.... another other lovers contest

2009-05-07 [wicked fae mage]: Ahhhh...true.
Hmm...everybody just sign up for a card?
Somebody list 'em?

2009-05-07 [LynnAnneBrown]: O.K. Folks, I've made it official. I made the The UNofficial Tarot wiki for us to go play around with this Idea. I'll start by finding a list the cards and transcibing them to the page.

2009-05-07 [moira hawthorne]: awesome.... I was gonna do it today... since last night I was too tiredl... seems you have had more energy than I

2009-05-07 [wicked fae mage]: I may need to buy a new sketch pad, but that's alright =D

2009-08-22 [LynnAnneBrown]: Moira, OC Cosplay Challenge, please catch me up. What is OC causeplay?

2009-08-22 [moira hawthorne]: OC = original character
cosplay = costume play (normally people dress up as their favourite anime character and go to cons/conventions)

so what this challenge is: its to have your own original character dress up as you

2009-08-23 [LynnAnneBrown]: I have got you. I didn't know what the OC part was. I thought it might refer to a particular role playing game.

2009-08-23 [moira hawthorne]: HEHEHE... I suppose it could be confusin

2009-08-24 [moira hawthorne]: i did it again... a new challenge!

2010-02-18 [Gypsy Mystik]: *looks around* Meow! =^_^= Mew! *le Purr*

2010-02-18 [moira hawthorne]: yes... may I be of some assistance?

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