Greyhound and Dachshund: New Dog Tag Prints

If you are not familiar with my “Dog Tag” series of prints, these hand lettered prints tell a quirky potted history of a particular breed of dog in the design of a dog tag. They are individually hand printed on my traditional etching press, with hand mixed oil-based inks, then each one is signed by me.

The Greyhound and Dachshund are two of the most requested breeds that people have asked me for at fairs and shows this year, so here they are (just in time for Christmas!)… they join the other 11 breeds in the series.

Dachshund Print

Despite their cute and comical appearance, Dachshunds are incredibly brave little hunting dogs that were bred to chase and flush out badgers.

Often significantly larger and heavier than a dachshund, badgers are a fierce and formidable opponent, yet the tenacious dachshund with its indomitable spirit is a fearless and efficient hunter. Their long, low body is perfect for getting into the dens of rabbit, fox, wild boar, badgers and other burrow dwelling animals that have gone to ground.

The origin of the dachshund is still debated as there are etchings and statues of similar long, low dogs dating back thousands of years, however 16th century German hunters were responsible for selecting and cross breeding dogs to create the dachshund we are familiar with today. The name Dachshund literally means “Badger Dog” in German.

Known affectionately as Sausage Dog, Hot Dog, Doxie, Dashie and Weiner, these adorable and amusing companions are a favourite the world over.

Greyhound Print

At least 4000 years old, the Greyhound is arguably the oldest purebred canine. Combining speed, grace and exceptional hunting ability with loyal and devoted companionship, the greyhound has been used in the sport of coursing (the pursuit of prey by sight instead of scent) since ancient times. It can reach speeds of between 40 and 45mph.

There is plenty of amusing greyhound behaviour terminology to learn. These big-hearted hunters like to alternate between the “Zoomies” (galloping with abandon on winged feet) and the “Snoozies” (lounging and dozing in comfort and warmth). Many delight in hoarding food and toys in their beds where they may practice “Roaching” (rolling onto their back and spreading their legs at odd angles in all directions, like a dead cockroach) and they may also enjoy a spot of “Roo-ing” (singing or howling).

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hand mixed ink rolling out ink for printing pulling a print etching press

For more details and to buy (£40 plus shipping, worldwide) please visit The Enlightened Hound’s website

Personalised Dog Rubber Stamps

I really enjoyed my most recent collaboration with The English Stamp Company to create a range of personalized dog breed rubber stamps.

dog rubber stamps

The used my original pen and ink drawings of different dog breeds and they can be personalized with the name and breed of your canine companion.

dog breed rubber stamps

The English Stamp Company have been making rubber stamps for over 20 years. The stamps are beautifully made and mounted onto a traditional beechwood handle so they look great and are easy to use. They also stock a range of ink pads, blank tags and cards so you can get started straight away.

english stamp co

 

There are 12 breeds in the range so far, with more to come.

Dog Stamps

Dog Breed Stamps

Dog stampsscnauzer pug greyhound whippet stamps

They are available online from Not on the High Street

Old Printer’s Stone Workbench

A local printing business recently contacted me as they were closing down. They kindly wanted to know if I could use any of their left over paper and ink stash. When I went to have a look I spotted a wonderful old workbench and asked about it.

Antique printers stone workbench

They told me it was a Printer’s Stone used in the days of letterpress printing when metal type had to be laid out and set. The top is a completely flat surface which was needed to ensure that the type was set accurately. This workbench has solid iron top however historically a flat stone was used, hence the name – Printer’s Stone.

Fred Ullmer Printers Engineers

This was one of the original pieces that was bought for the printshop when it was set up in 1922. Although the wooden frame bears the scars of many years of use, the iron top is in great condition. It seems incredible that it is probably over 90 years old!

iron top printers workbench

Now I am excited to say that, after much scrubbing of 90+ years of printshop grime, waxing and polishing, it is has a new life as an island in my kitchen.

old drawer from printmakers workbench

The iron top will need oiling or waxing to keep it from developing rust spots.

The huge old drawer opens from both sides. I’m not sure what I will store in there yet but not anything edible!

I’m very happy to have this wonderful old piece of printmaking history in my house. I love it!

What Colour Means To Me: Uppercase Magazine Feature

If you haven’t discovered the wonderful Uppercase magazine yet then you are missing a treat!

It is a beautifully produced publication that delves into the quirky and and curious side of designing and making. Printed on thick matt paper, each issue is covetable and inspirational.

I was therefore extremely happy and excited to be featured in the most recent issue (no.22) which is all about colour.

Uppercase Magazine No.22

Debbie Kendall in Uppercase Magazine talking about Colour

Those are my “Tubes of Delight” pictured – yes those sticky, crumpled, messy tubes of printmakers ink – and underneath is a short piece about what  colour means to me as a printmaker.

Here are my ‘words of wisdom':

“My traditional oil based printmakers ink is sticky, thick and highly pigmented. I adore the process of hand mixing colours by eye using palette knives to fold the colours together, like mixing ingredients for a cake. I record my colour mixing adventures on strips of scrap paper which become my recipe cards.

For printmaking, the ink must be rolled out in a thin even layer. During this process the ink hisses and clicks as my heavy roller spreads it out on a glass slab.
Colour, to me, is intense, bold and exciting. I love the audacity and exuberance of the intensely pigmented inks which contrast with the other solid & technical paraphernalia of printmaking – an black iron press, turned wooden handled gouges.
In relief printing, colour is laid down in solid blocks. My job as a printmaker is to strive to tame the sticky, messy globs of ink into a flawless, even sheet of colour on the paper. In between the precise and painstaking process of producing a printing plate and the exacting and mechanical system of printing, the choosing and mixing of colour is a giddy and beguiling interlude.
But the printmaker in me still likes to look behind the free, creative and decorative side of colour to the science and methodology of mixing the perfect shade.”

Now in its 6th year and sold worldwide, Uppercase is designed and produced by the one woman powerhouse, Janine Vangool, in Calgary, Canada. It is playful, imaginative, collectable and eclectic and for me, it succeeds where other design magazines falter because it is accessible yet aspirational & inspirational yet never pretentious.

Go check it out at Uppercase.

Hyde Bark Dog Show and Fundraiser

On Saturday I had a stand at the Mayhew Animal Rescue Home’s fundraising event – the “Hyde Bark” in London’s Hyde Park.

The Enlightened Hound at The Hyde Bark

My pitch right by the Serpentine was lovely and the day was hugely enjoyable – more fun than the art/craft fairs I have done in the past – all due of course to the variety of 4 legged attendees!

I am happy to say that my hand-made stands and hand-painted signage worked nicely for hanging my prints and everything remained in place despite a few gusts of wind!

The enlightened hound's stand at the mayhew fair

the enlightened hound craft fair stand

 

It was great to meet some of the members of the Cockapoo Club who persuaded me to add Cockapoos to my series of “Dog Tag” prints. More pictures of me, the cockapoos and the event can be found on the cockapoo blog “Miss Darcy’s Adventures”.

Some other highlights included a huge Great Dane (named Jarvis) sniffing a tiny mottled Dachshund (named Blue Cheese!) … an elegant Afghan (which took me back to my childhood as an aunt of mine had one) … two little dachshunds named Beatrice and Audrey (such great names) and a lovely Catalan Sheepdog (who reminded me of my own Portuguese Water Dog).

It was lovely to meet everyone who stopped by my stand (both 2 legged and 4 legged). Thank you all for your your interest in my work and for the many people who signed my book with requests for “Dog Tag” prints of their breeds… most popular requests were Yorkie, French Bulldog and Beagles – they are all now on my list!

There was lots of entertainment to keep everyone amused… from agility to dog shows and heartwarming rescue stories from the Mayhew Rescue Home. Lots of fun had by all and all for a good cause!

Hand Lettered Sign for Show

I have been preparing for my next fair… the wonderfully named “Hyde Bark” Dog Show in London’s Hyde Park.

The event is run by the Mayhew Animal Home – an animal welfare organisation in London that helps thousands of dogs and cats to escape a life of abandonment, neglect and cruelty each year.

As hand lettering is my ‘thing’ I spent a few happy hours painting some signage for the stand I am designing for the event.

debbie kendall hand letterer

hand lettered signage by Debbie Kendall

hand painted signage by debbie kendall

hand lettering by debbie kendall

hand lettered sign by debbie kendall

Will post some pics of the finished stand after the show!

If you love dogs and live near London… come and see me at the Hyde Bark on 15th June.