A few months ago, I started my second 100 Day Project! This year's project was heavily inspired by the cactus garden at the home Rich and I bought earlier this year in Joshua Tree. As I walked through the garden, I realized how many varieties of cacti there are and I wished I knew their names.
So, each day I researched various cacti common names and would sit down to do a watercolor and ink painting of each. I've shared these paintings each day through Instagram, but when Blurb Books reached out to create a book, I knew it would be incredibly satisfying to see my cacti paintings as a collection. I had collected vintage field guides throughout the project, so I decided to create my very own Field Guide to Cacti. I gathered up my favorite paintings and created spreads with the Common Name, Scientific Name, and a personal observation of each cactus.
I used Blurb's Adobe Indesign plug-in to design the book, which made it so I could customize every last detail. As a designer, this was key. Blurb sent a swatch kit of available papers as well (which you can see in the photo above). I ended up choosing the ProLine UnCoated photo paper which has a raw matte finish that reminded me of watercolor paper. The paper is incredibly smooth and printed the cacti colors beautifully. The book has a dust jacket, and underneath that is the most beautiful oatmeal linen. I'm so excited about how this photo book turned out! (check out a little hyper-lapse of the full book below)