Winter Pick A Theme Swap @ illustratedATCs.com!

>> Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Frog Prince ATC "Frog Prince" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz) January 2008. Prismacolor pencils, ink, gel pen and pearl-ex powders.








Gryphon ATC"Crouching Gryphon" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz) January 2008. Prismacolor pencils, ink, gel pen and pearl-ex powders.




Phoenix ATC"Flaming Phoenix" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz) January 2008. Prismacolor pencils, ink, gel pen and pearl-ex powders.



Lilith ATC

"Lilith" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz) January 2008. Prismacolor pencils, ink, gel pen and pearl-ex powders.











Ha Hai-i Wuhti- Hopi Earth Goddess ATC"Ha Hai-i Wuhti- Hopi Earth Goddess"by Melissa Muir (Lagaz) January 2008. Hand-drawn, then scanned and printed with laser printer. Colour added with Prismacolor pencils, ink, gel pen and pearl-ex powders.

Ha Hai-i Wuhti is translated as "pour water woman." in the Hopi culture. She is shown pouring water from a gourd meaning the water of life is poured out to the world. Ha Hai-i Wuhti is also usually shown with an ear of corn in the other hand. She is the Mother who nourishes all beings be they kachinas, humans, sentient or insentient.


I really enjoyed this swap, and creating these cards was a workout! I love all the colours in them, they just jump out and grab you. So far I've gotten rave reviews about them. I'm sorry to see them go but I can't wait to see what I get in return!

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Art Trader Magazine

>> Sunday, January 13, 2008

The ATC website that I frequent, has put out a new art trading magazine. It's chock full of info on how to do live trades, how to get started in ATCs, showcasing different artwork and, the best of all, new techniques!

I am so proud of my buddies over at IllustratedATCs.com, they have truly made a wonderful collaborotive piece of informative art :)

I encourage you to check it out! Go to
ArtTraderMag.com to download the first issue, and please let them know what you think :) Also, they're looking for submissions!

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IllustratedATCs Secret Holiday swap Part 1&2

Raven makes the Sun, Moon and Stars"Raven makes the Sun, Moon and Stars" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz) December 2007. Mixed media ATC. Laser printer ink, prismacolour pencils and pearl-ex powders.


Masai Warrior Bracelets"Masai Warrior Bracelets" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz) December 2007. 6"x4" Mixed Media Artwork. Prismacolor Art pencils, ink, and Sakura Sparklie Gel Pen. Original image from Philonz @ istockphoto.com







Lemon Quartz and Prehnite set for Annie"Lemon Quartz and Prehnite set for Annie" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir) December 2007.

Well, I have participated in my first gift swap online and it went awesomely! It was at
IllustratedATCs.com, and everyone who was involved got great gifts! I was partnered with two lovely ladies, Abi and Annie :) The above artwork and jewelry were the gifts that I had given to Annie. It was a challenge to make something for someone that you have never personally met. It was a good thing that we all included a list of likes/dislikes that helped our partners along. I was in such a hurry to get my pieces made and shipped that I forgot to take pictures! I am so glad that Annie and Abi took pictures of thier gifts, and were able to pass them along to me so that I can show them off! I don't have Abi's yet, but when I do I will post her stuff.

Part 2 with Abi's Gifts


These are the things that I gave Abi (except for one gift, her ring, which I don't have a picture of):

African Giraffe"African Giraffe" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). December 2007. Giraffe image in Prismacolor pencils, layered upon a background coloured in Prismacolors. Size 4" x 6".





Abi Graffiti"Abi Graffiti ATC" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). December 2007. Prismacolor pencils and ink.







African themed ApronAfrican themed Apron by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). December 2007. Apron made from this tutorial. Made from heavy linen canvas. Alexander Calder's Sun image painted with Jacquard Fabric paints.


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More Totems

>> Thursday, January 3, 2008

Raven in Flight Totem"Raven in Flight Totem" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz) December 2007

Both of these ATCs were made for a member on ATCards. Her name is Maryellen and she wanted to have cards that represented her spiritual guides.




Jaguar Totem"Jaguar Totem" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz) December 2007.

These particular ones took a long time to make, especially the Jaguar. He didn't want to be made too easily. I'm still enjoying the Northwest Coast style of art, and it's still hard to do, but I feel very proud of what I do accomplish. Maryellen is now enjoying her cards, and I hope that they bring focus and joy into her life.

I love how these cards are so powerful in thier simple shapes, and putting the shapes together creates a wonderful complexity for the individual animal and recipient. So far, each one of these Totem cards have been made for a specific person or purpose. Maybe that's why they take me so long. I have to find the right shape/vibe/reason to do these. I put alot of myself into my work, whether it be my artwork or my jewelry. So every piece that's out there is a little of me too.

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