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:
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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.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

By The Numbers Art Journaling Challenge: "ONE"

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.

And we're off!  The first challenge for our monthly art journaling project is to use Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's "Two Drips Meet" technique for your first page.  You can find instructions for this technique on her blog here (scroll down to Method Two):
Also, Cathy did her own trial run and shared her experience on our Paper Traders blog here:

After you've created your drip lines, you will use them as journaling space to write down your thoughts using an idiom for the number "one".  You can find a list of idioms here:
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 the drip lines - 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.  We won’t be swapping or mailing pages – you will keep the journal you create for your own.

Here are some idioms for "ONE" to get you going...
once again
once and for all
once in a blue moon
once in a lifetime
once in a while
once more
once over lightly
once upon a time
once-in-a-lifetime chance
one after the other
one and all
one and one
one and only
one and the same
one brick shy of a load
one by one
One cannot love and be wise
one day
one eye on
one fell swoop
one final word
one foot in the grave
one for the books
one for the road
One good turn deserves another
One has to draw the line somewhere
one in a million
one in a thousand
one jump ahead

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