The artist at work. Personalizing a leatherbound journal.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Noah's Ark

This painting is done in ink, watecolor and pencil. As usual, I painted it on the inside cover of an old book. I really enjoy using  old book cover for the art. It gives it a touch and patina that really adds an appearance of age of the finished work.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Vinegar Pie Recipe: A Favorite!!

A little unusual for an art blog...but, you've got to eat. This has been one of my favorite recipes for years. It has been called a "poor man's lemon pie". Tastes great. I found this in a newspaper in 1994. It originally appeared in the Huntington, Indiana, Newspaper in 1854.. Try it. The baking directions are not included, so just bake it as you would a regular custard pie. Check it often so that it doesn't burn. Let me know what you think of it.

Carolina Parrot Queet Fraktur

Carolina Parrot Queet
Ink, Watercolor and Pencil
Painted on the inside of an old book cover.
Approx. 9" x 11"

Turkey Hunter

Turkey Hunter
Ink, Watercolor and pencil.
Painted on the inside of an old book cover.
Approx. 9" x 12".

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gift Certificates Available!

The perfect gift for any special occasion. No expiration date. In the continuing effort to address the needs of my customers, I am offering Gift Certificates. They are available in any dollar amount and are redeemable to purchase any item I make, whether it be a Hunting Pouch, Leatherbound Journal, one of my early American paintings, or a Record or Marriage or Record of Birth. Simply present your original Gift Certificate at the time of purchase. Email  me to order yours today!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Glory to God in the Highest!

For unto  you
Ink and Watercolor fraktur
Approx. 15" x 11"

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Scottish Thistle

Scottish Thistle
Ink, Watercolor & Pencil on an antiqued book cover.
Approx. 4" x 7"

Monday, November 29, 2010


As I've mentioned before, I am always on the lookout for a vintage watercolor set or an old watercolor tin. I recently ran across this old Lady Churchill tin in an antique store. While not a watercolor tin, I like the way it looked with it's old faded colors and nice patina. I decided to buy it and turn it into a neat watercolor set. I added the Windsor-Newton / Cotman watercolors, some brushes, three handmade dip pens. A pencil sharpenew and pencil and a water siphon for adding water to the colors. Size is approx. 3.5" x 5.5".  Contact me at my email address  if you are interested in having me make you a set similar to this one.

Friday, November 26, 2010

My Grandson's Thanksgiving Greeting

My eight year old grandson  drew this for us before our Thanksgiving dinner.
He is quite the artist. One of the things that he really enjoys 
is drawing on the blackboard in our kitchen.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Turkey Bird
Ink, watercolor and pencil on an antiqued book cover.
Approx. 9" x 11"

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christ, Not Man Fraktur

Christ, Not Man Fraktur
Ink and Watercolor on Antiqued book cover
Approx 9" x 11"

Monday, November 8, 2010


If you purchase one of the wonderful Bibles the The Bible Man has to offer, 
I can add a personalization to it for you with a drawing on the front page showing your name and a folk art drawing of flowers, birds angles, etc for the price of $60.
This includes FREE shipping back to you.

Here are some of my samples of my current work along with drawings of old bookplates. Your drawing will be similar to those shown.
Other samples are shown elsewhere on this blog as well as on my website,

Check out the website for the Bibles The Bible Man has to offer,

Just purchase your Bible from him. He will ship it on to me for your personalization. 
Email me with the information ( that you would like in the Bible and send me a check or money order for the amount of $60 to:

Ken Scott
739 Fletcher Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46203

I'll let you know when your Bible and payment have arrived and when you Bible has been shipped out to you.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Liberty Eagle

Liberty Eagle
Ink, Watercolor and Pencil
on an antiqued book cover
Approx 5" x 8"

Friday, October 29, 2010

Personal Journal Title Page in Pennsylvania German Fraktur Style

This page is one of the options that I can do for you own journal title page.

These Journals with their handcrafted irregularities, antiqued edges, pale watercolors and scribbled notations, look like the remembrance books that individuals recorded their travels and adventures in decades ago.
These journals come in an assortment of sizes. The smaller size is perfect for keeping in  your haversack. Great for that trekking journal!
The middle size is great for those of you who like to sketch or watercolor while on the trail.
If you are a trader or a merchant the larger size might just fit your needs as  a ledger.
Size 4"x 6" $49
Size 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" $59
Size 8 1/2" x 11" $85
Please add $10.00 shipping, handling.

Journal pages

Monday, October 25, 2010

Handmade Art Boxes/Paintsets

Here are four Art/Paint sets
that I put together some time ago.
I still make sets like these, prices start at $65.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Article on Conner Prairie Pouch Making Workshop

Yours truly discussing the nomenclature
of an American Hunting Pouch.

Larry Pletcher, Publisher of Black Powder Magazine 
recently visited the Arms Makers Workshop at Conner Prairie, 
A special thanks to Larry for promoting Black Powder the way he does.

Check out this article on my class. Just click on the link below.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


A special thank you to everyone who visited my blog to play the Blog Giveaway! The winner for the Record of Marriage or Record of Birth is Mike Rumping!! If you would contact me with the information needed to complete your Record, along with your mailing address, I'll complete your Record and get it shipped out to you. If you would like a Record of Marriage,, just send me the name of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding. For the Record of Birth. I need the name of the child, sex of the child, date of birth and the names of the mother and father.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Personalized Records of Marriage or Birth


Record of Marriage Fraktur

Record of Birth Fraktur
 Personalized, Hand water colored and unframed $49

RECORDS OF MARRIAGE & BIRTH FRAKTUR a wonderful way to remember the best moments of life! Great for anniversaries, weddings, new births and birthdays. A blend of original art and personalized sentiments.

In early America, these announcements featured primitive drawings of angels, birds, flowers, hearts, etc. The resulting Early American Folk Art art or Fraktur was often the record of a family's history. These items were hung on walls, pasted inside trunks and passed on from generation to generation.
You provide the details to create a wonderful keepsake, Each one is personalized with the information that you send. I'll combine that information and then hand watercolor each one individually. Size: 8 1/2 x 11” can be cropped to it into an 8” x 10” frame.

If you'd like a RECORD OF MARRIAGE, just send me the name of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding. For RECORD OF BIRTH, I need the name of the child, sex, date of birth and the mother and father's name.  If they are a Mr. and Mrs., let me know. Otherwise just give me their names. 

Personalized, Hand water colored and unframed $49

please include $6 for shipping, handling and insurance. 

I accept checks or money orders.  I can also accept PayPal at this time. Email me for my address.

Note: I offer a 100% mistake free guarantee that you'll never have to worry that your Record of Marriage or Birth will come back with spelling mistakes or omission errors. But if that occurs just let me know. If the mistake was my fault,  I'll replace your Record at no extra charge.

Martin's Station

Here is some cropped portions of a recent painting I did of Martin's Station.

Ink and watercolor on a laid paper.
16" x 20"

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I am always on the lookout for a vintage watercolor set or an old watercolor tin. I recently ran across this old tin Egyptian Cigarette box in an antique store. While not a watercolor tin, I like the way it looked with it's old faded colors and nice patina. I decided to buy it and turn it into my personal watercolor set. I added  the Windsor-Newton / Cotman watercolors, some of my personal ivory handles for brush ferrules and a couple of handmade dip pens for scroll work on the fraktur that I paint. I hope that you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed putting it together and painting with it. Let me know what you think about it.
Closed M. Melachrino & Co. cigarette tin
Another view of the tin

Inside of the tin showing it's contents.

Ivory handles for the brush ferrules, 
handmade dip pens, 
a water siphon and a tin of china white.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


In the near future, Old pouch Friday will be moving from this blog to my new pouch blog. I have developed this new and separate blog just to post my pouches on it. I will continue to retain the American frontier art blog for my paintings and other visual artwork.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Soldier and Fort Fraktur

Soldier and Fort Fraktur
Ink, Watercolor and Pencil
on an antiqued book cover.
Approx. 9" x12".

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Most Regal of Beasts

Ink and Watercolor Fraktur painting
on an antiqued book cover.

Monday, September 6, 2010

An Artist Perspective on his work.

From time to time, I've featured artists who have impressed me with their work. Fritz Scholder(1937-2005) is one of the most significant artist of our time. When he began painting Native Americans, he challenged tribal stereotypes and offered a post-modern interpretation of the American Indian experience. Scholder, himself part-Native, rejected the label of “Indian artist,” instead describing himself as “a non-Indian Indian.” If your interested in his thoughts on the subject, just click on the video link provided below.

The video link.


Fritz Scholder: On life.

"This is a record of your time. This is your movie. Live out your dreams and fantasies. Sit for hours at sidewalk cafes and drink with your heroes. Look up and down. Believe in the unknown, for it is there. Live in many places. Live with flowers and music and books and painting and sculpture. Learn to write well. Learn to listen and talk well. Know your country, know the world, know your history, know yourself. Take care of yourself physically and mentally. You owe it to yourself. Be good to those around you. And do all of these things with passion, Give all you can. Remember, life is short is and death is long".

Friday, August 13, 2010

LOS ANGELES TIMES Article about my craft.

Some time back John Balzar, a Los Angeles Times staff writer, contacted the folks at the Kalamazoo Living History Show about writing an article on the art & craft of the American frontier and artist who practicing those crafts. Balzar then contacted me and we met at the show. Balzar also talked to several other artists about our craft that weekend. If you follow this link you can read that story.

This article is copyrighted by the Los Angeles Times.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fraktur Birds:LOOSE NOT the bird in thy hand to acquire the two in the bush

Fraktur Birds
Ink, Watercolor and Pencil
on an antiqued book cover.
Approx. 9" x12".

The Scout

The Scout
Ink, Watercolor and Pencil
on an antiqued book cover.
Approx. 9" x12".