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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Doomsday clock

According to Wikipedia the Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face, representing a countdown to possible global catastrophe (e.g. nuclear war or climate change). It has been maintained since 1947 by the members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, including 18 Nobel Laureates. The closer they set the Clock to midnight, the closer the scientists believe the world is to global disaster.
 The most recent officially announced setting—three minutes to midnight (11:57 pm)—was made on January 22, 2015 due to climate change, the modernization of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia, and the problem of nuclear waste.

This article caught my attention and I needed to include it in my ARTicles book.
I started by gluing down all kinds of waste on my page: a tear off pallette, a used babywipe, the packaging of a tea bag, a ribbon and some left overs from previous projects.


I then divided the page in 2 parts to represent the northern and southern hemisphere, the southern is drying up and becoming a desert and the northern is facing floods.
So I used an ochre color for sand and wanted to crackle it by using glue in between but this didn’t seem to work, maybe wrong kind of glue, instead I used my heat gun to create some bubbles to represent dried out sand. The upper part is painted with an aquamarin blue, initially I intended to add glossy accents to make it more watery, but I already liked it the way it was, it looks like an underwater world to me.



I randomly stencilled different types of fonts of the number 3 on the page. I cut out 2 globes from a printable found on www.farfarhill.blogspot.be, ran it throug my embossing machine with a clock embossing folder and added walnut DI to the raised areas. Printed out some huge environmental distasters, colored them with linnen and walnut DI to make them look like old newspapers and cut them with a decorative scissor. 


I am surprised with how easy I am inspired by the news and how my ARTicles book is progressing, what would be even greater is if you would join in the fun; just hop over here  and become a member of my group.


10 comments:

  1. An amazing piece of art! What a great idea your 'articles' book is: a way of journaling about important issues - fantastic! xx

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    1. Thx Julie, why don't you come and join me on my FB group.

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  2. Another thought-provoking page! I'll have to research this Doomsday Clock - I find it fascinating! Love all those pieces you put under your paint layers to create extra texture!

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    1. Thx Susan, I especially liked the texture of the paint over the dry babywipe although you can't see much of it anymore, definitely will be using that in the future.

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  3. An evocative image, Vicky, about a very worrisome topic. Your water/desert image is particularly thought-provoking.

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    1. Thx Winn, glad the message is transferred,that the page speaks for itself.

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  4. I love the idea that you express such a heavy issue on a journal page, probably I would rather begin to write some thoughts about it than to create an image, it is amazing how you did it!

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    1. I sometimes do that too Ruth, but now I wanted to visualize the issue.

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  5. I'm an ostrich with this kind of topic, burying myself away from it. but I DO recycle and re-use whenever I can, as much as I can and don't buy excessive packaging even if it means paying a little more for a product, although that is very contradictory to me. You have depicted your subject very well! :o))

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    1. Thx, I am no eco-hero either, I always tell myself I should take the train to work instead of the car, but i'm so used to the convenience.

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