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, June 14, 2015

Gallery: Tickled Pink

by Nancy S.

by Beckie H.

by Debra C.

by Shelly R.

by Eileen K.

by Linda E.W.

by Mel D.

by Nikki S.

by Quincy R.

by Sandy A.

by Jo M.

by Connie H.

by Pam P.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Gallery: Bird Hybrid ATC Speed Swap

by Debra C.

by Jo M.

by Cathy C

by Connie H.

Linda E. W.

by Sandy A.

by Nikki S.

by Sandra D.

by Shelly R.

Gallery: Splatter House ATC Swap


by Connie H.

by Beckie H.

by Pam P.

by Eileen K.

by Linda E.W.

by Nikki S.

by Pam C.

By Cathy C.

By Jo M.

by Nancy S.

by Debra C.
by Sandra D.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June Freebie - In the Garden

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:

Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Swap: In the Garden

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


In the Garden
4-for-4 ATC swap
Skill Level: 1 - Sprouting
Sign up by: June 9th
Postmarked by: June 23rd
Hosted by: Connie Holso

For this project, you can create ATCs featuring anything to do with gardens but please incorporate a found image or background on each card – it can be from a magazine, an old book, postcard, mailer, etc.

Include $1 for postage, or $2 if you have thick or heavy embellishments. International members may send ephemera in lieu of postage. If you are sending international, please mail early!

Skill Level: 1) SPROUTING - Geared toward the artist who has recently begun their journey into mixed media, these swaps are open to all group members, regardless of experience. Participation is the key - caring and sharing in the spirit of friendship and fun. Every artist needs to understand that contributors to these projects can be of any level of artistic experience.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

New Swap: Movable Mermaids

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



Movable Mermaids
3-for-3 ATCs
Skill Level: #2 Budding
Sign up by June 20th
Cards IN HAND July 8th
Hosted by Debra Claxton

I hope you will join in this fun fantasy swap! All mixed media artists & paper crafters are welcome - beginning through advanced. Please make 3 ATCs that have a mermaid (or mer-person) on the card. Your mermaid must have a movable tail. If the tail extends beyond the 2.5 X 3.5 card size, then it should fold up so your card will fit in an ATC sleeve. Other body parts can be movable too - your choice. Enjoy using any of your favorite mixed media techniques!

Here are some inspirational samples, (even though not all have movable tails).

Details:
Please include a return address label (I will supply envelopes)
Enclose $1 return postage for flat cards (standard brads are considered “flat” enough)
Enclose $2 if using embellishments thicker than a brad 
International players may send ephemera, an international stamp, Euros, or use PayPal. Please allow ample mailing time!

Skill Level: 2) BUDDING - Participants will be open to trying new ideas and materials, without necessarily being competent yet with their applications. Swap Hosts are encouraged to add the requirement of a technique or process such as creating texture, using crackle paint, doing photo transfers, painting with watercolor, etc.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Swap: We'll Always Have Paris

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


We'll Always Have Paris
3-for-3 ATC swap
Theme: Anything to do with Paris. Please include French words.
Sign up by May 31st
Cards due in hand by June 30th
Skill Level: 1 - Sprouting
Hosted by Mel Dunkley

Send me 3 ATCs on the theme of Paris and I will send you 3 different ones back. Any media and styles are fine but there must be at least one French word on each card. You can use text pages as background, torn text pieces, a quote, a postmark, an advert - whatever you like.

PLEASE NOTE THAT I LIVE IN THE UK, WHICH WILL MEAN INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE FOR MOST PEOPLE. I will cover return postage, just send an extra ATC or ephemera. You are welcome to send $5 if you really would rather, but I know it's costly and I do love ephemera!

Skill Level: 1) SPROUTING - Geared toward the artist who has recently begun their journey into mixed media, these swaps are open to all group members, regardless of experience. Participation is the key - caring and sharing in the spirit of friendship and fun. Every artist needs to understand that contributors to these projects can be of any level of artistic experience.