Hand painted reclaimed frames for “Dog Tag” prints

I have spent the last week or so building up some stock of my hand made frames. I make them all out of reclaimed wood from my local wood recycling centre so each batch is different and depends on what wood they happen to have in stock. This time I got my hands on some lovely cedar, weathered pine and the last of the old roofing boards from the Sandhurst army base.

reclaimed wood picture frames by Debbie Kendall

Although the frames are quite time consuming to make they seem to complement the handmade, nostalgic feel of my prints and I’m told they get lots of compliments in the galleries that stock my work.

reclaimed pine picture frame detail  reclaimed whitewashed frame


handpainted picture frame handpainted picture frame

Here they are with my prints inside…

reclaimed pine frame with linoprint & collage by Debbie Kendall


Reclaimed pine roofing boards from Sandhurst army base

framed labrador print by Debbie Kendall, The Enlightened Hound


Hand-painted reclaimed cedar frame in chalky matt duck egg blue

hand painted picture frame with labrador print by the enlightened hound


Hand painted reclaimed cedar frame in chalky matt graphite

hand printed portuguese water dog print by debbie kendall


Hand painted whitewashed reclaimed pine frame

Available to buy from my website


More hand made picture frames

As a printmaker, or any artist, who produces work to be framed, finding an original picture frame that doesn’t cost the earth can be tricky. It is why I started making my own frames a few months back from reclaimed wood. It was a pretty steep learning curve, an investment in some tools and specialist equipment and a search for a source of reclaimed wood, but it has been a very worthwhile investment in time and money for me.

reclaimed wood picture frame  handmade frame detailvintage style hand made picture frames

We held a party for my husband’s birthday recently and as part of that I invited a talented young artist, Harriet Riddell, to our house. She recreates a narrative of an event, in stitch on canvas, using her sewing machine. She sat under one of our gazebos stitching away, creating a wonderful keepsake of our party for us to frame.

I haven’t framed a canvas before so I thought I’d get our local framing shop to do this one for us, especially as the canvas was fairly large (about 70cms square). I picked a couple of mouldings and asked for a quote. The cheapest was £160 and the most expensive was £330! Perhaps my local framers are particularly expensive, but it was enough to kickstart me into action and after watching some You Tube videos on stretching a canvas, I thought I could probably do it. I was right. £28 of stretcher bars and tray moulding later, it was all sorted.

harriet riddell stitched narrative

I wanted a simple floating canvas frame – a bit different from the standard glossy black, so I bought a natural wood frame moulding and painted with graphite chalk paint,

handmade frame

I also had another personal framing project – Ian Rawnsley’s “Wee Ones” . These are small oils on hardboard panels, about 15cms square. I had an idea for the kind of frame I wanted, again a kind of ‘floating’ look but this time in a much wider moulding. I used reclaimed cedar and treated it with a white wash as I was aiming for a bleached driftwood look that would suit the coastal nature of the paintings.

ian rawnsley coastal painting

ian rawnsley wee ones

A Dog is the Best Medicine

Ta Da! Here is my latest piece of work…

A dog is the best medicine linoprint and collage by debbie kendall

Ask any dog lover and they will tell you how good their dog makes them feel. Whether we are feeling sad, grumpy, irritable or under the weather, somehow dogs have the ability to make us feel better about life.

My dog, Figo, can immediately smooth over any family rift — at the first sign of raised voices he comes rushing over wagging his tail and never fails to get us all smiling again.
I created this print in honour of a dog’s gift to make us feel better, whatever our situation.

But there is something that makes this print really unique — it is printed onto an ephemera collage of vintage, original pharmacy labels from old medicine bottles. These are very collectable and have a wonderful array of old typefaces, both scripts and block letters. They are the lovely, aged, mellow colour of old parchment.

dog inspired linoprint detail on collage by debbie kendall

This is not a pre-printed digitally reproduced background – I make a unique, individual collage of actual, original labels for each print, so each one is different.There will only be 100 of these prints and each are individually signed and numbered on the reverse.

medicine bottle label collage by debbie kendall

The size of the paper (the labels go to the edge) is approx. 300 x 300 mm (11 3/4”) square.I have chosen to make frames for these prints out of reclaimed wood, which echoes the vintage appeal of the labels.

The frames are made from what ever wood I can source and each frame has its own pattern of knots, grain, dinks, scratches, nail heads, rusty staples, wonky edges and aged patina.

The size of the framed print is around 43 cms (17”) square.

reclaimed wood picture frame by debbie kendall  recalimed cedar wood picture frame by debbie kendall
Linoprint and collage in handmade frame by the enlightened hound
Prints come ready to hang and are fitted with crystal clear acrylic glass.
Available unframed or framed from the Enlightened Hound’s Website

Hand made picture frames

I have been looking for ages to find some frames to fit my prints that are something different from the ‘off the shelf’ ready made frames and mouldings available. There are lots of vintage frames around in antique shops and charity shops but it is rare to find one of the correct proportions for my prints and cutting them down is not an easy task. After a long and fruitless search I have decided to make my own!

I was looking for a frame that has a rustic, reclaimed & hand painted look so my furniture painting skills have been put to good use – along with some newly honed woodworking skills!

Achieving good consistent mitre joints is challenging so I did invest in a specialist mitre saw (Nobex Proman 110)…


… and mitre guillotine (Orteguil ORC80) on which the blades – or knives- would slice through your hand like butter!


I am now producing some vintage style hand-made and hand-painted frames.

rustic handmade picture frames by debbie kendall

They are painted in chalky matt paint. The narrow inner moulding is in Old White and the main frame can be painted in a choice of neutral colours including taupe, grey and cream. The outer moulding face is left as a natural waxed wood finish for contrast.

vintage style hand made picture frames by debbie kendall

I am happy with the way my Canine Wisdom prints look in them. The vintage style and distressed hand painted finish complements the nostalgic feel of the prints perfectly.

canine wisdom print in handmade frame by the enlightened hound

The prints are now available to buy ready-framed through my website – something I have been asked for several times!