Nurturing Thursday 15

For the past few days I’ve been inspired to nurture my inner ‘artist’ ~ working on a project, which I started eighteen months ago and then forgot about. It’s a papier~mâché sun, made from polystyrene pizza packaging and discarded wrapping paper.

I love creating art from non~biodegradable rubbish. Occupied with more serious concerns, as I have been for quite a while, I’d forgotten how much it nurtures me. Now I’ve re~connected with the fun of messing around with paper, glue and paint, several other recycling projects are springing to mind. But first I must finish this one.

When it’s done I’ll add several coats of yacht varnish to make it waterproof, then hang my sun in the garden ~ shining more consistently than the real one in the sky! 😉

Here I’m applying a base coat of buttery yellow, over the acid tone I’d previously used to seal it, (using up The Artist’s discarded acrylic paints)…..


…..sitting outside in the sun, forming the rays from pipe~cleaners and masking tape…..


…..and adding different colours, to create more depth and contrast…


Now, please excuse me but I just have to go and play some more, sponging on gold highlights…..figuring out how to attach the sun~rays…..

Like me, this is a work in progress. 🙂

Nurturing Thursday is the idea of Becca Givens, author of ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about this, or to join in, please click here.

*to read my earlier ‘Nurturing Thursday’ posts (all 14 of them!) please visit Wightrabbit’s Blog

22 thoughts on “Nurturing Thursday 15

  1. I love this creative use of discards! Only a true creative sees the sun in a discarded pizza box, Jacqueline! You inspire me to look around a little differently. Please be sure to share the finished project? I’m so curious. ox

    1. Thank you so much Debra ~ yes I always look carefully at things before I throw them in the recycling bin, to see if I can find an alternative use. Mind you, I have to have a clear out now and then, to make room in my stash! 😉

  2. Wow this is so inspiring! I’d love to try something like it and can’t wait to see the end result. I love to upcycle 🙂 My friend, with a little help from me, reuses leather coats to make journals.

    1. Thank you, Gilly ~ I will post pictures when I finish it. Don’t hold your breath ~ inspiration has tended to come in fits and starts of late ~ but I would like to get this hung outside, so will definitely push on! 🙂

  3. You’ll have to give us a picture of the finished project. the sun has been a rare commodity in my part of the world as late — wouldn’t mind seeing something bright and whimsical.

    1. I will Kathy ~ we’ve had a definite lack of sunshine in the UK this year ~ and for the past few actually. It does seem to be warming up a little now ~ aft all it is the summer Solstice so it’s long overdue! 🙂

    1. Me neither, Becca, it’s been on the go for far too long and I have loads of other ideas I’d like to try out. And you’re welcome ~ I really do enjoy these Nurturing Thursdays! 🙂

    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment, Laurie, I enjoy your inspiration, too. As you say, it’s good to connect in this way ~ it focuses me on nurturing myself, so that I can write about it! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Amy, it is great fun creating things that look as though they’re made from different material ~ like metal or stone. People are surprised when they find that it’s just paper and glue ~ and it holds up surprisingly well, even outdoors! 🙂

  4. Its always Fun to get into that creative mood and you look like you are having loads of fun doing this Sunny project.. I will be sure to look out for more updates Jacqueline.. Thank you for sharing
    Sue x

    1. It is, Sue ~ though I’ve struggled to keep the flow going recently. When I worked full time I’d come home and work on creative projects until the wee small hours, unable to stop until my hands got too sticky to carry on. Now I have every morning free, I faff about and never seem to ‘achieve’ much ~ but that really isn’t the point and I’m learning to be patient with myself!

  5. You and me both, Corina! It’s been in a bin bag under the stairs for months but I’ll have to crack on with it, now that I’ve published pictures of the Unfinished Object! 😉

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