John Nordell, CZT, was "poking" around recently and he recorded his results in this blog entry on his CreateLookEnjoy blog. Here's his video from that entry:
John also admonishes, "If you find yourself inspired to mash and draw, please keep in mind that the Pokeweed berries are toxic."
In preparing this blog, I came upon some interesting pokeroot/pokeweed factoids:
- Over time pokeberry ink turns from purple to tan. You can see this in the Declaration of Independence which Thomas Jefferson wrote using pokeberry ink.
- Letters written with feather quills in pokeberry ink by Civil War soldiers are still legible.
- Supporters of U.S. President James Polk wore pokeweed twigs during his campaign. Similar sounding "Polk" and "poke" are sometimes used interchangeably in reference to this fascinating plant.
We invite you to visit John's blog entry to read his full story and to leave a comment.
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