New Canine Wisdom Mugs and Kitchen Towels

I have been busy creating designs for mugs and kitchen towels from my Canine Wisdom prints. They have at last come to fruition are on sale in the UK (mugs) and the USA (mugs and towels).

Rather confusingly the mugs are a different design in the UK and USA – this was because the companies involved each had their own ideas what would work best in their markets – and it wasn’t the same! Nevertheless, all the mugs feature the original dog secrets for happiness from my lino-prints.

Here they are  – nicely accessorized with a 12 week old Parsons Jack Russell – you can imagine the fun we had on that photo shoot!

Canine Wisdom Mugs

These are the USA mugs (above). There are 3 ceramic mugs in the set. They are a nice 15oz size and are dishwasher and microwave safe. They cost $14.99 from Kitchen Giftz (free shipping to USA/48).

Canine Wisdom Mugs UK

Set of Canine Wisdom Mugs

These are the UK mugs (above). There are 6 in the set in a colourful mix of navy, red, teal and spring green. They are made in Scotland from bone china and are available in 2 sizes (Standard £8.50 and Large £11.00) from McLaggan Smith Mugs. There is even the option to personalize them on the handle!

Canine Wisdom Kitchen Towels

These are the kitchen towels – only available in the USA. They are made in the USA of pure cotton and are generously sized at 18″ x 32″. Beautifully absorbent and lint free, you can get your hands on them at Kitchen Giftz where they cost $11.50 (free shipping to USA/48).

I hope they’ll make a delightful addition to any dog lover’s kitchen. They would also make the perfect gift for your dog loving friends and family. Let me know what you think.

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Perfect Christmas Present for a Dog Lover

Fancy some dog-inspired New Year’s Resolutions for 2013?

My new print in the Enlightened Hound’s Canine Wisdom Series makes a great Christmas gift for any dog lover.

Canine Wisdom print No5

  

The typographic linocuts feature uplifting and quirky ‘dog secrets for happiness’ using authentic 19th century fonts from the American Wild West and Civil War era, to convey each dog mantra in a nostalgic, vintage style.

Each letter is carved by hand into the linoleum printing plates which are then hand printed using traditional linseed oil inks, mixed into a palette inspired by early colonial colours.

Here are the 5 prints in the series pegged up in my garden!

The Enlightened Hound's Canine Wisdom Prints

For more information and to buy prints and greeting cards from the same range visit The Enlightened Hound’s website

Back in the studio

I am now back in my studio after a break for house renovations and website development! It feels good to pick up my linocutting tools again and get back into the rhythm of cutting a new plate, with my portuguese water dog, Figo, lazing nearby.

 

I am cutting the plate for the next Enlightened Hound Canine Wisdom print ~ No.5. It is already available as a greeting card and is a popular one. I have had several emails asking when I am going to make a print of this one. It should be available early December so will make a great Christmas present for any dog lovers out there. Watch this space.

 

The Enlightened Hound Greeting Cards

My Enlightened Hound prints will shortly be available to all as greeting cards! There are a total of 8 designs in all – the four existing prints plus four more (for which I have not yet cut the lino plates for posters). They are printed by the Almanac Gallery and were launched at the recent Spring Trade Fair in Birmingham.

Canine Wisdom Cards

Featuring the same distressed type as the original prints, the cards are printed on high quality, matt, 275gsm FSC accredited board. Each card measures 127 x 177mm and comes with a sunny yellow envelope in its own cellophane bag. They are blank inside for your own message… perfect for dog lovers!

Country Living Canine Chic

I am very excited to be included in the UK Country Living magazine (February 2012). Thank you to everyone for the many lovely comments I am receiving through Folksy about my work. We printmakers work in a bit of a vacuum sometimes so it is lovely to hear from all those who appreciate my prints.

The Enlightened Hound print in Country Living

The Enlightened Hound prints

The Enlightened Hound prints are going down well with all you fellow dog lovers. Thank you to everyone who has bought one!

The Christmas run-up was particularly popular and it was helped by a feature in the wonderful dog magazine The Bark, published in the USA

Canine Wisdom Prints in The Bark Magazine

The prints are also featured in the January 2012 UK issue of Country Living on the Emporium page.

Due to popular demand from over the pond I have also opened an Etsy store (the American version of the British Folksy online craft store). Follow the link here to The Enlightened Hound store on etsy… or go to the etsy website and select ‘shops’ in the drop down menu next to the search box, then type ‘the enlightened hound’ into the search box.

Dog Inspired Typographic Prints

My Portuguese Water Dog, Figo, has been a great source of inspiration to me. We have just had a book published – Buckinghamshire A Dog Walker’s Guide – (see earlier post) and I have also been busy working on a series of dog-inspired linocut typography prints titled “The Enlightened Hound”

My Portuguese Water Dog Figo

The Enlightened Hound linoprints celebrate the instinctive principles dogs follow for a simple and contented life. We humans can learn much from their canine wisdom!

Canine Wisdom typographic prints by Debbie Kendall

No 1: “Start Each Day…”

Canine Wisdom Typographic Prints by Debbie Kendall

No 2: “If What You Want Lies Buried…”

Canine wisdom typographic prints by Debbie Kendall

No 3: “Run to Greet…”

Canine wisdom typographic prints by Debbie Kendall

No 4: “Explore New Paths…”

The prints have been created using authentic fonts from original Wild West and US Civil War posters. The letters are hand carved onto lino printing plates, then each poster is individually hand-printed on acid free archival 170gsm printmaking paper with traditional linseed oil inks, using hand-mixed colours, inspired by the American Colonial era.

Lino Plate by Debbie Kendall

Carved Lino Plate

Each print uses 4 different lino plates and three colours to produce. Each plate/colour is printed separately by hand. Here are some photos showing the prints at at stage of the process.

Linocut printing process by Debbie KendallLinocut printing process by Debbie Kendall

Linocut printing process by Debbie KendallLinocut printing process by Debbie Kendall

The vintage style, slightly distressed lettering and the typographical style is reminiscent of old Wild West Wanted Posters and 19th century American Show Posters.

They work beautifully as a series or as a single print and will appeal to dog lovers everywhere. They make a great gift.
Prints are signed and editioned in sets of 250.

Paper size is 400 x 500 mm (fits a standard 40 x 50 cm frame)
Image size is 277 x 397 mm

If you like them, why not buy one to celebrate your own dog’s wisdom or treat a fellow dog owner.