Color decks, this one came from the local paint store, help in ways that are beyond measure in my studio. Finding that "right color" can be a daunting task at times, even for a color hound such as myself.
Some ways of storing visual inspiration, I collect images and take thousands of photos which comprises about half of my visual library. I do have a couple of clip art books but interestingly enough I bought these for the fonts they contained! Having studied calligraphy I've always had a penchant for script!!!