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, January 17, 2016

January Freebie

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, November 15, 2015

November Freebie: From Grandma's Junk Drawer

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:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New Swap: As Time Goes By

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.


As Time Goes By
3-for-3 ATC Swap
Skill: 1 - Sprouting
Due in hand by: December 20th
Hosted by: Mel Dunkley

As the new year approaches, this is a 3-for-3 ATC Swap with a theme of "Time". You can interpret this any way you wish, but each ATC should feature a saying or quote about time e.g. "time flies"; "time is of the essence"; "the times they are a-changing"; "a stitch in time saves nine"; "time and tide wait for no man". There are hundreds of them!

Please send your 3 ATCs to me by 20th December 2015. UK players please send SAE. Overseas players can send $5, ephemera or an extra ATC to cover postage.

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.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Speed Swap: "Tin" Anniversary

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.

Time for ATC Speed Swap #18!


This month's theme:
Paper Traders 10th Anniversary - Tin / Metal
2-for-2 ATC Swap
Sign-up by: November 15th
Mailing list announced: November 16th
Skill level: 1 - Sprouting

We thought we would let our speed swap this month correspond to our 10th anniversary for those of you who couldn't participate in our bigger anniversary project.

Hallmark says that the gift for the 10th anniversary should be tin or metal items so your two ATCs should include a piece of metal (background or ephemera), foil tape, etc. on it as well as the number 10 (ten).

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.

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, November 1, 2015

By The Numbers Art Journaling Challenge "TEN"

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.


"TEN" - our tenth (and final) By The Numbers Art Journaling Challenge

Skill Level: 2 - Budding

The tenth (and final) challenge for our monthly art journaling project is to use an image transfer on your pages. This can be done in several ways and there are some helpful links here:
http://thegraphicsfairy.com/12-easy-image-transfer-methods-for-diy-projects/

Don't forget to do some journaling on your page by writing down your thoughts using an idiom for the number "ten". You can find a list of idioms here:
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/ten
Just pick one that inspires your thought process and journal about it. I think the number theme of this project can add a fun element to your pages... you might want to use the respective number prominently in decorating your pages. Don't stop with a simple saying - that's just a prompt to get you started. Let the creativity continue to flow as you journal and decorate your pages.

You have the entire month to complete your pages for this challenge. Please post images of your journal pages in the “2015 By the Numbers Art Journaling Challenge" album on the Gallery site.

We won’t be swapping or mailing pages – you will keep the journal you create for your own. Please sign up in the database if you plan to participate so that I can keep track of who is playing.

Here are some idioms for "TEN" to get you going...

  • Genius is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration.
  • hang ten
  • He wears a ten-dollar hat on a five-cent head.
  • nine times out of ten
  • a ten
  • ten percenter
  • 10-4
  • ten-spot
  • wouldn’t touch someone/something with a ten-foot pole
  • count to ten
  • 110 proof
  • five will get you ten
  • give 110%
  • be ten/two a penny


Don't forget... As a little incentive for this project, the moderators are offering the opportunity to win a prize for participating.

For each challenge in which you participate (there will be a total of 10), you will earn one entry into the random drawing to be held when the project is complete. The more entries you earn, the bigger the potential prize:

1-3 entries = prize value of $5
4-6 entries = prize value of $10
7-9 entries = prize value of $15
10 entries = prize value of $20

One lucky person will win a gift card to their favorite local craft store up to the value for which they qualified.  More participation >> More chances to win >> Bigger potential prize!  Plus... it will be lots of fun, too.

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, October 25, 2015

New Swap: Nesting Dolls

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.


Nesting Dolls
3-for-3 ATCs
Skill: 2 - Budding
Mail out by December 12th
Hosted by: Nikki Smith

Super excited to announce this new Swap - "Nesting Dolls"! For this swap you will need to make 3 ATCs. Each card should have 3 matching nesting dolls in 3 different sizes attached on an ATC using a brad to hold all 3 together on the ATC card.  You will need to create your own unique nesting doll. Use paper, paint, watercolors, or whatever mixed-media medium you would like to use.  For a special element, add a quote or message on the ATC so that when you move all 3 to one side, it reveals the message - the rest is up to you... whatever moves and inspires you. :)

Here is a link to Pinterest for ideas.

Please include an address label and $2 for return postage.  International participants may send $3.

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.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

New Swap: Ave Maria

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.


Ave Maria
3-for-3 ATC Swap
Skill: 1 - Sprouting
Due in hands by: December 1st
Hosted by Karla Jackson

The gentle season of love will soon be with us again.  For this swap we will make 3 ATCs showing adoration between mother and child. While I had in mind the classic image of Mary and Jesus, any depiction will do as long as it is mother and child. You can use a painting from an old master, a Christmas postage stamp, a Russian icon, a gentle image from an old Christmas card, etc. There are many images to pick from in my Pinterest album here:
https://www.pinterest.com/mzpeach/ave-maria/

Create your three ATCs portrait-style with a Gothic, Roman, or peaked arch... as long as the top is not flat this time. Embellish with lace or Dresden scrap to make them extra lovely and do not forget to make the backs nice also with pretty papers. This swap is rated Sprouting... anyone can do this!

There will not be a sign up deadline as long as you meet the due-in-hands-by deadline of December 1st. PLEASE send an address label as this really helps me with swap out. I will cover return postage as a Christmas gift to everyone!

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.