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, October 4, 2015

New Swap: Holiday Gift Tags

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.

Holiday Gift Tags
12 or 24 2"x3" tags
Sign up by: October 31st
Due IN HAND by November 15th
Skill Level: 1 - Sprouting
Hosted by: Pam Colosimo

I am all about using things, and making useful stuff. So, I thought we could do a gift tag swap. The obvious theme is Christmas, so we will go with that.

Each participant will choose to make:
12 @ 2 ”x 3” tags (2 groups of 6 with different styles please}, or you can option to make:
24 @ 2” x 3” tags {4 groups of 6 with different styles please}

You will receive 12 or 24 back according to what you choose to make. Keep them fun, pretty, and "Winter/Christmas Theme” - please no religious themes. A 12 x 12 sheet will cut exactly 24 in this size. You can fancy cut your corners or ends if you so desire.

Pinterest idea boards HERE.

Keep them as flat as possible, but must have different elements to add interest. You could add bits so the receiver can open it up or make it 3-D by bending or unfolding.

Paint, stamp, hand cut designs, hand drawing, etc. No stickers please! They will be similar to an ATC, just slightly smaller. Decorate the fronts and leaving the back with a simple TO: and FROM: - maybe a border, but leave room so it can be personalized. No signatures.

Winter Wonderland
Winter birds
Holiday colors - silver, gold, green, red, winter blues, sparkle & shine

Send a return address label written and sized as you want it attached to your envelope. Canada and US: please send $2.00 for 12 or $4.00 for 24 for postage. International: I will cover. As an option, international participants can send bits and bobs. (I do love ephemera - real postage stamps and bits from different places)

Sign up in the group database and choose either 12 or 24 to swap; list your themes, if you have them. Note: themes can overlap - it will just give everyone an idea of what is being created. Mail so I have them in hand for turn around before November 15th. Sign ups will close on October 31st. Try to mail out in the first week of November, so everyone will have them before Christmas.

1) SPROUTING: Geared toward the artist who has recently begun their journey into mixed media, these swaps are open to all group members, regardless of experience.  Participation is the key - caring and sharing in the spirit of friendship and fun.  Every artist needs to understand that contributors to these projects can be of any level of artistic experience.

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