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:

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:  

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:
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
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.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

OWOH Thank You Gift

As a little Thank You gift for visiting our art blog and making the One World One Heart event such a success we are sharing these vintage images.  They will only be here for a limited time, so grab them while you can.

Please remember that these images are owned by Connie Holso of Stampgram's Studio and are offered for your personal use only.  Do not repost or distribute in any form.  Thanks.

And some vintage postcard images.

Please, these postcard images are owned by Cathy Calamas  and are offered for your personal use only.
 Do not repost or distribute in any form.  Thanks.


Lululiz said...

Thank you so much, thats a lovely gesture.

Jenxo said...

....and the giving keeps giving, so very nice of you....tfs

JoAnne said...

Thanks so much, wonderful images!

mary helen said...

Thank you, How very kind! They're lovely.

fairyrocks said...

Thank You so much!!!!
Wonderful of you to share

hellerlittle said...

Thanks a bunch for the wonderfull Images
Hugs from Germany hellerlittle

Antonella said...

Thank you so much... What a sweet gesture... Hugs, antonella :-)

Lucys Baby said...

Thank you. So very sweet, I'd love to download them, but I'm not sure how.
If you could s.end me some info, I'd really appreciate it. I am a doll maker, so I'm new to the paper, but These are lovely

Birgit said...

This OWOH follow-up is just wonderful -- thanks so much!

Happy creating,

Mervi said...

Thank you so much;-))m

Dragonfly Creations said...

Thank you for the generous follow up. Will definitely be back for frequent visits.

Betty said...

Thanks for your giving hearts! I also invite you to come back and visit for my Creative Mondays, Share A...Thursday, and Fun Saturdays.

OWOH was so fun and meeting all the creative folks from around the world was wonderful!

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for these...and for your talent, now lets just see if I can transform them...very hard for me.

great to meet you through owoh.


Gayle Page-Robak said...

Thank you for your note following the OWOH event. It was kind of you to share these beautiful vintage images. I absolutely love all things vintage and really appreciate your gift of them. I have joined your followers list and extend an invitation for you to join me as well. Kind regards.

Linda said...

Thank you for the lovely images...I know I'll enjoy using them!

Kristin said...

Thank you for the email and goodies! So happy to have found you ;) Kristin xo

Elaine Akers said...

Thank you so very much for your generosity of offering the lovely scans for our use. :-)
OWOH was so much fun.

Sam Bonney said...

Thanks for the generous offer of these lovely images, I'm itching to get started uusing them imediately! So nice to meet you, have just become a follower. Visit me for a while if you get the chance !

Darlene said...

Thank you for offering such lovely images. I appreciate it.

BTW, your banner is gorgeous! Nice to say hello again to all of you.

Kathy said...

Thank you so very much.. what a lovely gift.. great images..

Sandi M said...

Such a sweet gesture - we're all winners! Thanks. These will go to good use in my projects.

fairyrocks said...

Lifted and Locked, Thank You so much!!!