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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gallery - Give her an Inch

ATC's with an inchie in the design

by Pam C.

by Debra C.

By Aileen F.

by Jo M.

by Shelly R.

by Sandra D.

by Nancy S.

by Cathy C.

by Nikki S.

by Judy N.

by Ann C.

by Barb A.

by Pam P.

by Beckie H.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Gallery - Out of Africa

by Debra C.

by Jo M.

by Beckie H.

by Sandra D.

by Pam C.

by Cathy C.

by Barb A.

by Shelly R.



Saturday, July 5, 2014

July Freebie: Vintage Seed Packets

It's time for another freebie courtesy of your Paper Traders Moderators.  A great big THANK YOU to Connie Holso for preparing this lovely offering for your personal use.  Please use the link BELOW the photo to download the high resolution file.  Enjoy!
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

June Freebie: Beautiful ATC Backgrounds

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

Saturday, May 24, 2014

New Swap: Charms

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.


Charm Swap
6-for-6 Handmade Charms
Hosted by: Letha Richardson
Mail out by: June 16th 2014
Skill Level: ALL levels accepted

Make 6 same or similar charms for hanging on journals or other art projects. These should be handmade, have some type of hanging element - like a jump ring, ribbon, etc. - be either assembled from bits and baubles or beads, or completely designed by you. Use your creative imagination to come up with something unique and fun. Please keep these small enough for all 6 of them to fit into a small bubble envelope for mailing back. Some ideas are: altered bottle caps, scrabble tiles, beaded charms, small stamped images cut out and covered with crystal lacquer or glossy accents, shrink plastic charms, paper beads, etc. There is no specific topic for this swap. Just use your creativity!

Please send a return address label. For USA residents, please send same postage as it cost you to mail. International participants may include ephemera or an ATC in lieu of postage - I'll take care of the rest.

~Letha

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Swap: Domino Bird Books

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.


Domino "Bird" Books
Hosted by Nikki Smith
Sign up ends June 27th
Partners announced June 28th
Postmarked by July 15th

You will be creating a Domino book for a 1-1 partner swap in the theme of "Birds". Also, please make sure to include a short tale or poem somewhere inside your book. Your book can be accordion-style or bound on one side.  Regardless of the style of book you choose to do, please have at least 6 pages in the book. Use a standard size domino. I did a little research on making these and most people say the newer white dominoes work best. But you can use whatever you have handy. The due date is set far enough out so everyone can really take time to create a mini masterpiece. Lots of possibilities for embellishments, trim, glitter, fibers, charms, etc.

I have included a few websites and YouTube videos for lots of inspiration on making these books.

Shabby Chic Altered Domino Book
Domino Mini Book tutorial by JocelynAnn
Pinterest Board: Domino Books
Accordion Fold Domino Book tutorial by Artfully Musing

Hope you can join.

~Nikki

Monday, May 12, 2014

Gallery: Color Harmony

Amanda E

Ann C

Barb A

Cathy C

Debra C

Jo M

Nancy S

Nikki S

Pam C

Pam P

Sandra D

Shelly R