Cyanotype Lampshades

Cyanotype Lampshades
Sun Printed Honesty Lampshades

Monday 21 December 2020

Happy Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice everyone ! As a Sun Printer I am a bit obssessed with the Sun as it is necessary to create the fabulous Sun Prints I make Particularly the wet cyanotype and soap suds prints I started making them during Lockdown at the end of March when the days are starting to be at their longest Today marks the slight shift from the shortest day back towards the days lengthening So lets celebrate the sun today but roll on March 2021

Saturday 19 December 2020

Merry Xmas to

I just want to say a BIG Merry Xmas to all the people who have supported me this tricky year I really appreciate your help and Sales have been amazing I enjoyed making cards this year out of sun prints that didnt quite make the grade as prints or cards wanting to recyle and repurpose as much as I could

Wednesday 9 December 2020

Art Bank Pop up Exhibition

I am one of the visiting Artists in The Artbank 58-60 Fore Street Totnes as part of the South Street Collective From 2 December - 12 December 2020 I will be there Friday 11 December on the morning shift so you can come and ask me about my sunprinted work

Monday 16 November 2020

Quarantine Craft Fair

 Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 November are the days to go to Instagram to see the @quarantinecraftfair  I am taking part with 12 other makers lost of exciting work to see and buy 

Purchasing is directly from the makers and you can talk to them as well if you have any questions just like a real Craft Fair. This is me with a few of my lampshades !!

Bridget Arnold Lampshade Designer 

Friday 9 October 2020

Sun Printed Lamp Shade Workshop

 Next Saturday 17 October is my first date for a Sun Printed Handmade Lampshade 

workshop for this autumn , all made possible with the use of my trusty Sun Bed 

Small numbers only 20 cm or 30 cm Lamp Shades 

sun printed with your own design in the morning , followed by demonstrations 

and guidance to make it into your own unique Lampshade in the afternoon 

Cost for the day £85 

If you wish to make another lampshade there is an extra cost 

Tuesday 6 October 2020

Sun Printing Saturday 10 October

 Last Fling Sun Printing workshop on Saturday 10 October 

contact Bridget if interested 

Saturday 26 September 2020

World Cyanotype Day 2020

 Hurrah Today is World Cyanotype Day 2020 the theme is Interconnected and we are all celebrating online at

Go and take a look or join in its not too late ! 

This is my entry Turkey Feathers Wet cyanotype and soap suds an homage to Birds who we connected with during lockdown 

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Anna Atkins- an influence on my work

 One of the biggest influence on my work is that of pioneer photographer Anna Atkins who was the first woman photographer in 1840's using Cyanotype to record Seaweeds, I have taken her work a step further to Cyanotype seaweed onto fabric the  to make it into a Lamp Shade. Sunday 27 September is World Cyanotype day so watch this space as we will all be celebrating Cyanotype and how much we love it !

Thursday 17 September 2020

Devon Open Studios Venue 64

 My Sun Printing and Textiles Studio will be open again on Friday 18, Saturday 189.Sunday 20 and Monday 21 September then again on Friday 25,Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 

10 - 5 Daily with Sun Printing Taster demonstration on Sunday 11-12 do let me know for numbers 

Thursday 10 September 2020

Devon Open Studios Launch

There will be an online launch of Devon Open Studios on 
Thursday 10 September 18.00 - 20.00 tickets from eventbrite 

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Sun Printing and Textiles

Just introducing myself for new followers from Facebook and Web sites 
I am Bridget I do Sun printing onto Textiles using cyanotype chemicals, plants and sunshine to create unique prints that I then make into lamp shades , lanterns  and lately face masks. 
I live on the edge of Dartmoor with so much inspiration right on my door step . I have been printing from plants and feathers over lockdown now I am preparing for Devon Open Studios 12- 27 September I am venue 64 in Bovey Tracey Download the brochure from
Bridget Arnold  64 Devon Open Studios 

Thursday 27 August 2020

Next Sun Printing Workshop

The next date for a Sun Printing workshop with a space available is Saturday 5 September 
(weather dependent) very small numbers , held mainly outside in the sunshine ! 
contact for more information 
Sun Printing workshop inn Bovey Tracey

Monday 24 August 2020

Fern Print on Etsy Shop

Just updating my Etsy Shop with a new Wet cyanotype and soap sud Fern Print on Hahnemuhle paper

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Thursday 30 July 2020

Save the dates 12-27September

Please save these dates for visiting artists who are opening their doors of their Studios this year

Sunday 26 July 2020

Devon Open Studios

I am one of 117 venues taking part in Devon Open Studios this year thank you to DOS for using my image of my studio preparing chemicals for workshops 

Friday 10 July 2020

Next Sun Printing Workshops

Next dates available for Sun Printing are Friday 17 and Saturday 18 July weather dependent as they are held outside contact for information and booking 

Sun Printing Workshop 

Friday 3 July 2020

Meet the maker Needcraft Blog

I am happy to have been chosen to be Meet the Maker telling my story about collecting plants on the Granite Tramway for inspiration to make my sun printed lamp shades on needcrafts blog 
take a look at

Sunday 14 June 2020

Plant Identification

I have discovered that I have Poison hemlock growing in my garden it makes lovely Sun prints with very delicate leaves and flowers it grows 1.5 - 2.5 metres high All parts of it are poisonous so it is good to learn about this plant 
Sun printed Hemlock cards and Prints 

Wednesday 3 June 2020

New Work

Making new work celebrating Birds. 
Homage to Birds wet cyanotype with soap suds using feathers found on the Granite Tramway bridlepath. Selling with #makersupportpledge for £40 contact me directly if you are interested 

Tuesday 12 May 2020

New Cow Parsley Lamp Shade

I got a fabulous commission to make a Cow Parsley 30 cm Lamp Shade to remind someone of the Devon banks at this time of the year, I think its captured  by the Sun Printing rather well , now inspired to make some more ! 
Sun Printed Cow Parsley Lamp Shade 

Monday 27 April 2020

Cow Parsley Prints

New Wet Cyanotype and Soap Suds Cow Parsley Prints 21 cm x 14.8 cm on Water colour paper  £18 available as part of the Crafts Council initiative #makersupportpledge where when I sell £500 worth of my work I pledge to buy £100 of another makers work 

Cow Parsley Wet Cyanotype 

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Cow Parsley

Having the time to look closely and research I have learnt that the fabulous Umbel out now is Cow Parsley or Queen  Anne's Lace. It flowers April - June plenty of time for me to make new books, prints, cards and maybe even a lamp shade or two ! 

Friday 10 April 2020

Lamp Shade Pledge

As part of the Crafts Council initiative #makersupportpledge today I am posting a sun printed terracotta lamp shade and made by me #memadeshade I am selling it for £50, not including postage/shipping
For every £500 I sell I will buy £100 of another makers/artists work 
Who else is taking part ? 

Thursday 9 April 2020


I have made some new books during Lockdown with covers made with wet cyanotype and soap suds They are £30 to buy from me 
I am posting images of these books as part of the #makersupportpledge as suggested by the Crafts Council from an idea from matthew burrows studio 
This is where makers sell their work up to £200 (not including postage/shipping) and then every time they sell £500 of work they buy £100 of work from another maker 
Contact me directly if you want to buy a book 


In Matthew’s words “This creates a market where all can contribute whatever their level of success. This is a culture dependent on the honesty and generosity of our creative communities.” So, make a pledge and post your work with #makersupportpledge #artistsupportpledge

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Etsy Shop SunPrintedCards

I do have an Etsy shop that some of my Sun Printed products can be purchased from  it is called SunPrintedCards go and take a look.

I have been updating it and stocking it, plus restocking after some sales - Thank you 
to my customers who are supporting me in these difficult times.
This is an Allium Sun Printed  Sketch book

Wednesday 25 March 2020

No Lamp Shade Workshops

I was so pleased to get this lovely review about a lamp shade workshop I ran just before we were told to stay at home , I am so pleased that I did as gives good memories and it cheered me up so much ! 
 Sun Printed Lamp Shades 

A wonderful, memorable and sunny - Bridget is a lovely, interesting and patient tutor, I enjoyed all the learning and doing, a fab lunch, and came away absolutely delighted and amazed with my lampshades which I've been showing off proudly to friends and family - thanks so much Bridget!

Monday 2 March 2020

Lamp Shade reviews

After running quite a few lamp shade workshops now I thought it would be good to see what participants have said so far !

'A really enjoyable workshop - almost two in one! Fascinating learning about the cyanograph printing process and then making up the lampshade. Thank you!'  

'A lovely workshop, good for small groups/pairs. A really enjoyable process and Bridget is a really easy going tutor, making for a really relaxing day. The lamps turn out better than you think they will. Lovely lunch too.' 

Next workshop with spaces Monday 16 March and Saturday 21 March still at £60 until April 
Teal coloured Lamp Shades 

Thursday 27 February 2020

Seaweed Lamp Shades

Loving the new Seaweed Lamp Shades that work so well on the reclaimed oak lamp base made by Michelle Perry of Plymouth Dockyard Oak 

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Flag Workshops

The next Flag Workshops will be in the Edgemoor Hotel 10 - 4 
Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March 
Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March 

Please come and help make smaller flags for Bovey Tracey Sewing Machines and materials are provided ! contact

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Silk Painting Workshop

There are still spaces on Saturday 15 February Silk Painting Workshop 
£50 including a home made Lunch and cake and a square of silk 
Let me know if you would like to come

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Flag Workshops

The first Bovey Tracey Flag Workshops are on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 February in the Methodist Church Hall 10 -4 

Please do come along and help make new smaller flags for the Town 
Contact for more information or if you would like a flag for your organisation or business 

Sunday 2 February 2020

Space on Lamp Shade Workshop

There is now a space on Saturday 8 February Sun Printed Lamp Shade making Workshop due to a cancellation contact me to find out more

Sunday 12 January 2020

Lamp Shade Workshops

The Lamp Shade Workshops are booking up quickly !
The next date is now Saturday 14 March 
However if there are two people who would like a workshop and can do days in the week 
Please do contact me and we can set up a date to suit everybody 

Sun Printed Lamp Shade Workshop