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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gallery: My Pet ATCs

Beckie H

Carolyn A

Janne R

Nydia D

Pattie M

Roselyn P

Shelly R

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Gallery: Word Collage Postcards

Beckie H

Cathy C

Deanne D

Ellen L

Jo M
Mel D

Nydia D

Pam C

Pam P

Roselyn P

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Our Gypsy Deco Book Gallery

Here are some highlights from our recent
Gypsy Deco Book Swap hosted by Beckie H.

by Nydia

by Pam P.

by Pam C.

by Joy

We love the different way everyone interpreted this theme.
We hope this inspires you to check our group out.
Click on the purple yahoo button in the sidebar for more info.

Friday, July 26, 2013

New Swap - Map ATC's

This swap is for Paper Traders Members only but we would love for you to 
become a member and join us. Click on the purple yahoo button in the
sidebar for more information and how-tos.

by Roselyn P.

We just announced a new swap within our Paper Traders Group and we are swapping Map ATC"S

 Use maps as a focal image, background, pleat them, die cut shapes, make borders, paint or draw on them... you folks are more creative than me. Let your imaginations fly! Just a note... all that *special* ephemera you've been collecting for that "something special"? Until you MAKE "something special" it's just *stuff* collecting dust. So pull it out, dig out your atlases and old road maps, and create something FABULOUS! 

Guidelines: Standard ATC size - 2.5" x 3.5" on HEAVY cardstock, chipboard, grunge board, or other sturdy base Any medium welcome - hand-drawn, painted, stamped, collage, fabric, encaustic, etc. Originals only - no copies, prints, or stickers 

Hostess: Roselyn P.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Member Spotlight: Roselyn Pratt

Welcome to another Paper Traders Member Spotlight.
This month we are shining the light on:
Roselyn Pratt

How did you find Paper Traders?
I found out about PT through my good friend Melissa Wilson, she is one of your mods. She was so positive and excited about her experience I had to check it out.

How long have you been a member?
I've been a member since May.

Where do you live?
I live in American Falls, Idaho. 

How have your surroundings affected your art? 
Where I live is rural or a better way to describe it is RURAL with a capital R. I am no longer able to have all things cultural at my fingertips. I've found living here affects your art in the way you need to be deliberate and work hard at your creativity. Search it out, it's not falling in your lap here. (Although Idaho is BEAUTIFUL! :)

Please share a little about your own art experience.
I have always enjoyed being an artist, even as a small child. My dad would come have lunch with me in grade school, all the kids loved him. He was an excellent artist (drawing anything) and he would do caricatures of all the kids at my table. It was fascinating to me. My parents were friends with a well-known local artist, suddenly I was spending every minute with her, drawing and painting. She was an excellent teacher/mentor, really put me through my paces, and I was eight years old. 

What are some of your favorite techniques or genres?
My favorite genre of art? Drawing and painting. I'm currently doing a portrait class with the portrait artist Dan Lewis. I enjoy mural work. I'm known to try different styles, most recently modern/minimal art in the spirit of Yves Klein. (Also one of my favorite artists :) 

What inspires you? Who are some famous artists whose work you admire and what especially appeals to you about this? 
Surrealism artist Rene Magritte is a favorite. The imagination it takes, the stories you make up in your head as your viewing his fun! I've mentioned Klein- his work is pure and beautiful. Rodin's sculptures, Cezanne, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edvard Munch, Paul Klee to name a few. :)

Describe your work area... Do you have your own studio or craft room? What tips or tricks have you found to help carve out a niche for your supplies and art?
My studio has recently been organized! What a good feeling, huh? I have four different table surfaces, each serves a different purpose. I love the tiled floor because the mess/spill factor is a non-issue. I have one wall of open shelving, and a roll around paint cart (very handy). 

Please share a little about your family and pets...
I have such a fun family! My husband John is a farmer, with a B.S. in Zoology who loves reggae music. Oldest son Dylan, 20, is currently serving a mission in the Philippines for our church. He had been attending ISU pursuing a degree in pharmacy.  My daughter Hannah will be a senior. She sings/dances/cheers/runs track/athlete/plays violin and guitar, an all around entertaining and fun kid. My baby Luke, is the sweetest! Because he's 12 and still let's me call him the baby. He's a hard worker, spending this summer (like his siblings) in a tractor working for his dad. 

If you'd like, please share a little about your childhood, where you grew up, and when your creativity began.
I grew up in Missouri with an amazing and talented family. With parents who owned and ran a full-line music store/studio. They gave us five kids every possible opportunity. I'm a classically trained violinist who attended college on a viola scholarship. I ended up playing so many instruments because mom would tell the 20 teachers who worked for her....don't bother with rent, just put Roselyn in your piano, guitar, banjo, flute, trumpet, drums, violin, viola, dance, clogging, and the list goes on....lesson. It was convenient as we lived downtown in the loft above the store. In 1986 the governor of Missouri recognized our family as the 'Most Musical Family of the Year'. I'm very grateful to my family. My background has helped me so much, since living in rural Idaho I sometimes work to find or provide myself the artistic or cultural experience we all want for our families.  I've been a violin teacher for 28 years, running a private studio for 18. I'm enjoying a sabbatical as my kids fly the coop. Pocatello Idaho has a symphony I currently play with - they're great! 

Do you have any other hobbies or interests?  
As for other interests outside of art and music, John and I enjoy traveling very much. Winter brings opportunity for travel (farmer remember :) we try to pick new places, but London and Paris are still my go-to/favorites. 

Thanks for having such a wonderful group. The Paper Traders site is amazing and well run. Thanks for including me, I look forward to swapping with all of you guys!!! :)  
Roselyn Pratt

Monday, July 15, 2013

"Be Thankful" Life Mantra Art Journal Prompt

We are on to our seventh Life Mantra
Word Prompt for our Art Journal Challenge.
We hope you are enjoying this as much as we are.
We are seeing some fabulous art journaling.

If you just stumbled upon us,
stay and play with us.
You can join at any time.
For info. on the complete challenge guide lines go here.

This month's prompt is "Be Thankful"
and the requirement is to
use only 3 colors in your design.

Here are some inspirational quotes as
well as our DT contributions:

Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
G. K. Chesterton

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
Thornton Wilder

DT Inspiration:

by Cathy C.

by Beckie H.

If you are not a Paper Traders member and would
like to join us this month in this challenge,
just link up your blog post or image below in our Linky tool.
We would love to see what you do with this theme.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July Freebie - Gratitude WordArt

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

Download HERE:

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Swap - Altered Paper Coffee Sleeves

This swap is for Paper Traders Members only but we would love for you to 
become a member and join us.  Click on the purple yahoo button in the
 sidebar for more information and how-tos.

Altered Coffee Sleeves

Theme: Anything
4 for 4
Postmarked by August 26th.
Hostess: Cathy Calamas

This swap will have you altering cardboard coffee sleeves
that you can pick up at your local coffee shop. Even if you are
only an herbal tea or hot chocolate drinker , you can join us !

Please decorate all the way around your sleeve in any theme
you would like (no nudity , please). You may stamp, paint,
glue and layer. Please do not make it too chunky or bulky.

How to’s here:

More examples here: 

Please include $2.00 postage or ephemera in lieu of postage
AND a return address label.
Int’l members welcome ( please send ephemera in lieu of postage)

Please sign up here in the database:

Please post your completed images here: