Journals & Collaborative Projects

Below you will find a sampling our members' work from previous collaborative projects.  Click on images to view them larger. We hope this will inspire you to come and play with us! If you are interested in joining our group, please visit us at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Paper_Traders/

Tutorials & Techniques

Below are some of our favorite tricks for adding depth and dimension to your art.  We hope you have fun giving these a try!

Current Group Swaps & Projects

Below is a list of current swaps and projects available to group members. If you are interested in joining our group and participating in these projects, please visit us at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Paper_Traders/.  

For existing group members, you can sign up to participate  in these projects here: Swaps & Current Projects.  

We look forward to swapping with you.  Happy Arting!

Member Gallery for Group Swaps
 
Below you will find a sampling our members' work from previous group swaps and projects.  Click on images to view them larger. We hope this will inspire you to come and play with us! If you are interested in joining our group, please visit us at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Paper_Traders/.
 
Come play with us... Join today!

Paper Traders is a friendly online community of artists from around the world. We nurture and value creativity, embrace new ideas, products, and techniques yet also value tried and true methods of artistic expression. Our projects consist primarily of paper arts, mixed media collage, artist trading cards, altered art, assemblages, collaborative journals, mail art, and more.

We are interested in creative individuals of varied skill levels who wish to challenge themselves artistically and help build a supportive community. We are at our best when we can share our creative efforts as well as techniques, resources, feedback, and insights. We encourage conversation about art, the art process, and what it means to be an artist.

Paper Traders is hosted on Yahoo Groups at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Paper_Traders/.
We hope you will consider joining us on an artistic journey!

In order to prevent spammers and to insure that all applicants are actual persons interested in creating art, a questionnaire will be sent to all potential members. When applying, please submit digital examples of your work or direct us to a website where we can view your art. The intent of the questionnaire is not to judge the merits of your art but to safeguard the integrity of our community.

Free Images for Download

Below you will find images that are owned by our group members and offered for your personal use as well as images found in the public domain. Images may be freely used in your personal artwork but may not be used for commercial purposes of any kind without written permission of the owner. No images may be used to create collage sheets or image collections for resale.

To download, follow the link provided. In some cases, you may be able to just click on the image to enlarge it, then right-click and select "save image as". Content changes frequently and many images are available for a limited time.  Please check back often for newly posted images to use in your art journey.

Open Art Challenges !

We're changing things up here at Paper Traders. Instead of the monthly challenges of the past, we'll now be hosting special challenges that might feature a specific technique or product and will be rewarded with actual prizes sponsored by our group members.

Our new challenge for 2013 is a year long word prompt journaling project/challenge. Each specific challenge will be open for one month and all art bloggers can participate, whether you are a Paper Traders member or not. Each artist will comment with a link to their blog post that features the artwork for that particular challenge. For each challenge, a winner will be selected whose art best exemplifies the challenge. The winning artist will be featured here and get a "Trader Treasure" blog button to display on their own blog. They also will receive one chance for each entry for the end of the year prize drawing. Watch this page for more details and challenge announcements.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Swap - They Call It the Blues

This swap is for Paper Traders members only but we would love to have you join our fun. Please click on the purple Yahoo button in the sidebar for more information on how to join.


They Call it the Blues (Color Challenge)
3-for-3 ATC Cards
Skill Levels 2 & 3 - Budding & Blossoming 
Sign up by December 5th
Due January 14th
Hosted by Debra C.

Nothing to be sad about - the color blue is fabulous. This is a color challenge. Most of each card should be in some shade/tone of blue. Anything from pale sky blue to deep teal blue. Other colors may make an appearance, but should not dominate. Black & white are always welcome. Also - each card should have three layers. This includes the base and extra embellishments. The theme is: YOUR CHOICE - whatever moves and inspires you!

Here is a link to art images I have saved:
http://www.pinterest.com/debclaxton/beautiful-blues/

If you use a thick base & heavy embellishments send $2.00. If your card is more flat send $1.00. Please send an address label.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Speed Swap #9 - Leaves

This swap is for Paper Traders members only but we would love to have you join our fun. Please click on the purple yahoo button in the sidebar for more information on how to join.


ATC Speed Swap #9
This month's theme: Leaves
Sign up by November 15th
Mailing list announced November 16th
Skill level – All
Hosted by Cathy Calamas

It's the season of leaves; Autumn falling leaves for us in the Northern Hemisphere and new Spring leaves for our members in the Southern Hemisphere. Use leaves any way you like for this swap.

Inspiration found here:
http://www.pinterest.com/debclaxton/in-love-with-leaves/

Each month, on the 1st, we will announce a theme or technique for your ATCs. Anyone interested will have until the 15th to sign up. The list will be randomized, announced on the 16th, and you will mail one ATC directly to each of the next two people on the list. A total of two ATCs each month for the speed swaps. You don't have to sign up every month, just when you feel like it or like the theme or have the time.

We'll have brand new creative excitement each month and this will keep postage for each of us to a minimum as long as you don't make bulky ATCs. But of course that will be your choice. It's approximately $1.20 to mail internationally for one ATC in a note card envelope. You must be able to mail internationally to participate in this swap.

New themes will be announced on the 1st of each month.

November Freebie - Blue

It's time for another freebie courtesy of your Paper Traders Moderators. A great big THANK YOU to Connie Holso for preparing this terrific offering for your personal use. Please use the link BELOW the photo to download the high resolution file. Enjoy!
Download HERE:

http://tinyurl.com/PT-Nov14freebie

Friday, October 31, 2014

Gallery: Owls

Ann C.

Barb A.

Beckie H.

Cathy C.

Debra C.

Eileen K.

Ellen L.

Jo M.

Marion B.

Nikki S.

Sandy A.

Shelly R.

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Swap - Christmas ATC & Secret Santa Swap

This swap is for Paper Traders members only but we would love to have you join our fun. Please click on the purple yahoo button in the sidebar for more information on how to join.


Christmas ATC  & Secret Santa Swap
Sign up by November 24th
Cards due in hand by December 1st
Hosted by Nikki S.

Ho-Ho-Ho It's a Christmas ATC Swap! Make 4 ATC cards in A Christmas theme of your choice... plus one extra ATC Secret Santa card.  Your Secret Santa card can be anything you like it will be a fun surprise.  You just need to wrap that card in wrapping paper.  Everyone will receive 4 cards plus a Secret Santa card.

Please include $2.00 for return shipping and a return address label.

Hope everyone can play and this puts you all in the Holiday spirit.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gallery: Tag-on-Tag

Barb A.

Beckie H.

Cathy C.

Debra C.

Ellen L.

Pam P.