Creativity is a GRAND THING!

I’m still working on my Emma nameplate. Want to see the progress? I admit I’m having fun with it. I didn’t give the careful pencil work to all the bears I’m afraid to say. By the way I have been a FRAKTUR illustrator for 23 years now since 1995 or ’96. I gave away my first Fraktur Birth Announcement of this year on Saturday! The baby girl was born last February and I never got the piece finished and framed until the day I gave it away although I started it in Nov. of 2016! I just didn’t feel creative at the time. It has monkey characters in it. I never did a monkey one before and I didn’t like it, so I kept putting off finishing it! I was so bad.. but she got it finally and I forgot to take a photo of it before I gave it away! Oh well here’s my second piece I am making for the baby girl’s belated birthday! I gave the shower gift on the same day as the birthday party and they didn’t GUSH over it.. Perhaps they weren’t impressed with the lateness of it. Nowadays young people don’t know how to THANK people when they get gifts! I’ll be truly surprised to get a thank you card in the mail! But that’s just all ego expecting a thank you! Regardless I will give the family this nameplate! I’m feeling good about it…


EMMA Nameplate 2

Emma Kioske's BC 3


I was so very upset when the acrylic inks made the Acurit pen inks run! I tried doctoring it up… It turned the name so dark! It should be more colorful! So I added glitter ink.  I have much more painting to do and I have to be careful not to get the lettering wet so it runs even more.. ugh! I don’t approve of all my drawings. The mother bear and the reading bears could have been nicer if I had spent more time with them.

Here an earlier verson of a nameplate I did many years ago!

Emily cr re 4

I used the same basic design from a different angle..


ACURIT Technical Pens Suck!

I am a FRAKTUR folk artist and I recently opened up some new ACURIT brand technical pens made in China for my decorative folk art.  As I painted over my pen work to create a colorful border and fill in the Fraktur lettering the black ik RAN into my acrylic ink pigments! I am so damn disgusted I am throwing the new pens right in the garbage! I opened up two “new” MICRON pens made in Japan (The ones I usually use) and I painted over some ink on a test piece and it didn’t run Thank God!  I had bought the never used MICRON pens 1.5 years ago and they were fine! I painted over the yellow border 3 times to cover up the black discolored inks. I still need to work on the lettering! See how they run…?  (Lady Madonna..children at your feet…  (I just had to sing that lyric.. lol! That sentence makes me think  of the song.. lol)Emma

A Young Sinead.. what do you know?

I called them Beauty and the Beast.. a contrast in appearances but don’t let that fool you, they are both talented! Although I never heard of the man before. I don’t get into celebrating St. Patrick’s Day even though I have a few drop of Irish blood in my veins! I grew up an Irish Rover’s groupie! Hey! I was a preteen of the late 60’s and a teen in the early 70’s!

Dear Sinead,

Here’s best wishes to you in 2018. I hope you find a path back to your true self!


Groundhog Day! Ugh!

Happy Groundhog Day! The University of Manchester Museum explores the origin of this annual winter tradition, which has its roots in European folklore

via Groundhog Day — Discover

AS SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN PENNSYLVANIA.. I find that Groundhog Day is NOT very good for the old Groundhog! My cousin probably blew away over a dozen groundhogs on his property because they eat his garden vegetables. I think life sucks for the poor caged overweight varmint too!

On Being Politically Correct…

My daughter often corrects me on Facebook when I post something that isn’t politically correct, usually associated with some news app. You see she’s a teacher and so is her husband and if they are NOT PC they can get in trouble with their jobs and my daughter always was that way anyway. I on the other hand tend to blurt out whatever thought is running through my head.  Sometimes I feel like SHE is my mommy.. and I’m a little freaking child..  UGH! Now being publicly corrected by my daughter sucks big wang  if you know what I mean in my own unpolitctally correct manner!

I don’t need to be corrected dammit! Let me express myself! I am a flawed human being! So what! So is everyone else!