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!
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.
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.
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!
Each participant will make a diorama and post a picture in
the album on the PT Gallery site by September 20,2016 . I will randomize the
names on September 21, 2016 and only participants who have posted their images
will be swapped. Swappers will mail
directly to their partners by September 30, 2016. If you wish to swap more than one diorama,
please let me know via email and post the image of each in the album.
I made a pattern for the shadowbox, including a cutting file
for those who have Silhouette machines. There is even an advance copy of the
August Blog Freebie in the folder as I included some alternate tombstone shapes
in it. You can find it all, plus instructions at the link available in the swap
You can, of
course. make your own tombstone shaped shadowbox. This is just to help you get
started and to help those who are less experienced with making structures.
Please try to keep your shadowboxes about the same size: approximately 3.5 to 4
inches x 4.5 to 5 inches when finished.
up in the database and post your pictures in the album. See my Pinterest board for ideas.
**2) BUDDING - Participants will be open to
trying new ideas and materials, without necessarily being competent yet with
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.
2-for-2 Speed Swap
Skill: 2 - Budding
Sign up by: Aug 15th
Mail out by: Aug 31st
covers the era of Cubism which was an art movement led by Pablo Picasso and
Georges Braque during the early 20th century.The definition of Cubism is as follows:
artwork, objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted
form—instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the
subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater
swap, we want you to make two pieces of art
Cubism style. Create a picture and cut
it into pieces and rearrange the pieces to represent a Cubist creation. Here
are couple of links, one is strictly Picasso’s work, the other is a Cubism
board in my Pinterest account: