The illustrations in children’s’ books are a good place to inspire creativity.
“Gone Wild: an Endangered Animal Alphabet” has started a train of thought. Mr. McLiman’s letters are so dynamic. He uses simple black and white to create letters to convey the animals he portrays simply and effectively.
Wouldn’t it be fun to borrow some of this inspiration and use it to create personal cards for people? The collections at the library have many great books on paper craft and card making. There is one from “Company’s Coming”, a Calgary company called” Card making: handmade greetings for all occasions”. There is one just on creating envelops for your creations. It is written by one of my favourite writers and editor of jewelry books: Marthe Le Van. This departure from her norm is called “Pushing the envelope: crafty packaging for cards of all kinds”.
A good ideas book for sparking the creative juices is “1000 Handmade Greetings: creative cards and clever correspondence” by Laura McFadden and Deborah Baskin.
Yet another place to seek inspiration is in the calligraphy section where there are a plethora of books on alphabets. One of my personal favourites is by Arthur Baker called “The Calligraphic Art of Arthur Baker”
One of the best places to get ideas on paper creativity is from a Calgary based magazine called UpperCase. This gem is found at the Central Library and is a testament to the craft of the magazine and to artists from around the globe whose passion is paper.
Here’s to the act of creating!