Let’s talk about what a whirlwind of a project this has been. Last summer I had brain surgery and since COVID, I have been one of those people that can’t leave the house–I even have to get other people to go grocery shopping for me! So I had this whole plan for the project to send my roommate out to gather supplies and tools and I would attempt to complete something on the balcony of my apartment. (A bad idea to start with but hey, it was worth a shot!). Turns out you aren’t supposed to use power tools on an apartment complex balcony and I got security called on me…so that had to end.
And then the plant nursery closed…which is a rather important part of creating a succulent mirror. So then I was thinking to myself, “there HAS to be a way to salvage this. I want to create something that will like great next to all the other talented people in this class.”
Then it realized that I have Autodesk, I know limited amounts about autocad, but I could try, and I know illustrator. I decided to make a super basic autocad render and then compile a bullet journal-esque data base of all the plants I wanted to put in there. I researched how much sun the plants needed, how much water, how much darkness, etc, and wrote it all in a cute little digital “journal”.
I love the look of bullet journals and also free-flowing designs. So I wanted to harness that into a creation of my own. I wanted to have very natural shapes that felt organic as I felt that fit with the idea of plants.
I wish I was better skilled with Autocad. I watched so many tutorials and it just didn’t manifest the way I wanted it to. I also wasn’t sure how to add in the plants with the rendering so those are left out for now.
However, I am super happy with my journal! I learned so much about plants and it got me excited to find these plants in the real world (once that is a thing again haha). Each of the succulents has a special name and I had such a blast creating a SucculentData journal about them. (Click the link to view the whole thing!)
I hand drew every thing in the document and I want to draw attention to the succulents at the top of the plant pages. Not for any reason in particular except that they are cute and should be appreciated. 🙂