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, October 5, 2014

October Freebie - Halloween & Owls

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:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

9th Anniversary Swap - Altered Spools

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.

9th Anniversary Project - Altered Spools
Skill: 2 - Budding
Sign up by: October 23rd
Partners announced on: October 25th
Mail out by: November 17th
Hosted by: Beckie Holso

Each year we try to do a special project to honor the anniversary of our group. This November will be 9 years that we have been going strong and that is certainly worth celebrating! We hope everyone will want to participate in this year's project as it is going to be a wonderful one - we will be making Altered Spools.

This is a one-for-one project. There is no specific theme so you can let your imagination and creativity take flight. Please use a wooden spool (vintage or new) that is approximately 2" high. I have set up a Pinterest board with lots of beautifully inspiring altered spools to get your creativity going:
http://www.pinterest.com/artbeckons/altered-spools/

Mailing guidelines: You will mail directly to your partner. All participants must be willing to send internationally. This is a bulky project so please keep in mind that you will be paying package rates when you mail it out.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gallery: Tombstone ATCs

Ann C

Cathy C

Darlene R

Debra C

Eileen K

Ellen L

Jo M

Mel D

Nikki S

Pam C

Pattie M

Sandy A

Shelly R

New Swap:Owls - Speed Swap #8

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.

Time for ATC Speed Swap #8!

This month's theme: Owls
Sign-up dates October 1-15.
Mailing list announced October 16.
Skill level - All
Hosted by: Cathy Calamas

Easy-Peasy this month. Owl inspiration is everywhere as this is a major trend in design right now.

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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gallery - Paper Painted Collage

Another great swap where we "painted" with paper collage.

by Ellen L

by Jo M.

by Nikki S.


by Pam C.

by Beckie H.

by Debra C.

by Shelly R.

by Pam P.

Come play with us.
Click on the purple "yahoo" button in 
the right sidebar for more info.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gallery - Asian Adventure ATC Swap

Our third swap in the series around the world
was an Asian Adventure.
Here are a few of the fabulous atc's that were created.

Ann C

Barb A

Beckie H

Cathy C

Darlene R

Debra C

Jo M

Lillian M

Pam C

Come join in the fun at Paper Traders.
Click on the purple "yahoo" link in the right side bar.
We'd love to have you.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Swap: Tag-on-Tag

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.

Tag-on-Tag Swap
Hosted by Barb Adams
Sign up by September 30
Partners announced on October 1
Mail out by October 15
Skill Level: 1 - Sprouting

When working on the recent Masterboard/Tag swap, I realized how many tags of various sizes I have!  So I thought I would offer a "Tag on Tag" swap.  Start with a standard #5 size tag (4 3/4 x 2 3/8) or larger.  Create artwork on it of any theme, incorporating a smaller tag (or more) onto it. Each player will create TWO pieces of tag-on-tag art and mail them to two different, randomly selected people in the swap.  Participants must be willing to mail internationally.

I've been saving any examples I can find online on a Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/stlbarb/tag-on-tag-swap/

Thank you for joining!