July 30, 2014

Joe-Pye Weed

Eupatorium purpureum, commonly known as Joe-Pye Weed, was named after a native American who used it to treat fevers in the 17th century.

Attracted by the interesting name, it's no coincidence that I created this tag for the Monday blog challenge at SSS. This week's theme is the letter J.

Made with an image transfer of text taken from a vintage botanical guide and a variety of distress inks and acrylic paint, the background was stamped with cursive text (Heidi Swapp) and a fussy-cut image of a Joe-Pye specimen was applied.

This is a very beneficial plant and attracts lots of butterflies. Left to dry in the garden over the winter, it's seed will nourish birds. Its gets tall and will spread (hence the "weed" designation) but what a splendid plant for an old-fashioned garden!


  1. Gorgeous! I always learn a lot from your posts and it was interesting to read about Joe-Pye Weed. It sure looks a lot more stunning than the weeds in my garden! Brilliant use of subtle tones (love how the background colors look against the blooms of the Joe-Pye weed). I also thought it was so clever of you to include text from a botanical guide. The whole tag has an incredible classic feel for things from the past. Thanks so much for submitting this beauty to our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week! I always look forward to your projects.

  2. You are amazing!
    Such a treat to visit your blog and view your work AND learn something! I must say that is the most creative use of the letter J that I've come across. Thank you for sharing your lovely tag with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. And thanks for the info about Joe-Pye Weed too!~Michelle

  3. Absolutely stunning! It's always a pleasure to visit your blog and see your wonderful creations and this tag is no exception and another piece of fabulous artwork. Thank you so much for sharing your project and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! :)