"Make sure your crayons are sharp, keep your stickytape untangled and always put the tops back on your markers." - Mr. Dressup
Okay my peeps, my tribe, my friends, I need your help. This isn't a plea for support or for kind words, this is a plea for your advice, your tips, or your experience.
Let me explain. I have three - count 'em THREE - books dancing, singing, and whispering in my head. I have written one of them, but it is the kind of book that can't just be text. I also want it to be beautiful. I have a lot of difficulty thinking of what I want them to look like. I can sense them waiting behind me. Sometimes I feel like if I just turned my head I could see what they look like, but I am not quick enough. I want to give them the start and the form that they deserve.
So here's the question: do any of you have any advice - books that have helped you, websites that are inspiring, lessons you can send, ANYTHING - on how to begin to free the artistic side of me to know what my artistic 'voice' is? People who know me well are going to laugh at me a little because I have always been 'crafty' in the sense that I can make things look pretty with decoration, etc., but I want something more for these books. I want them to come from the center of me - because I want them to speak to the center of you. Does that make sense?
So, if you don't mind, I ask you humbly for your wisdom. I'm itching to get started!!
Added later: I'm answering La Vie en Rose's comment and saying that I'm looking for books that help me figure out how to be more confident in my artistic abilities. I need to figure out who I am in relation to creativity and colour and making the words that I write look beautiful. I also need to look at fonts. I already have a Lynne Perrella book so I don't think I want anything else on collage. There are a lot of books out there with collage in them - I'm not very good at collage - I'd like to see what I am good at.
P.S. I am having trouble with my email account (NO emails in or out - ack!) I haven't changed it or anything - it's just causing trouble - sorry! xo