(only read this if you are willing to get a laugh! It's only for fun and games!)
Upon registering for Silver Bella last year, I was very uneasy when I read that one of the most important pre-requisites of the classes was the legal use of glitter. I thought to myself, I don't use this stuff but how bad could this be, right? Well, let me tell you...it was bad! (but in a good way)
My name is Jodie LeJeune and I have a phobia of glitter.
I was officially diagnosed with this glitter affliction in November when I was surrounded by many of my co-artists who were abusing glitter and using it freely in their everyday art. Their hands, face, clothes, hair and their artwork was totally engulfed with this fine, sometimes colorful, shiny, gritty substance. I tried to contain my anxiety while politely passing it to the next person but just the fear of me being near the glitter was uncontrollable. I couldn't even stand to touch it! My co-artists did not understand me as they thought this was normal to use glitter. Like smoking in the 70's...it was the "cool" thing to do. However, I did not agree.
During those (long) 3 days of Silver Bella, class after class passed and my anxiety about glitter grew deeper and deeper. Only a few of my Silver Bella confidants totally understood my affliction and therefore accepted me the way I was. I was very different from the rest and I stood out like a sore thumb. My artwork was not shiny and colorful, however it did boast much vintage lace, velvet, buttons and shades of brown and cream. My Silver Bella buddies Pam, Sandy and Sandi totally accepted me for who I was and I began to feel much more comfortable, although I still could not understand the powerful effect that glitter had on all of these Bellas. Was I the only one who was "different"?
Maybe it was the abundance of color. Maybe it was the easy access and pretty packaging. Or come to find out, it was even offered in real glass imported from another country... German glass glitter. The addiction was compared to crack/cocaine and somehow, I just wasn't buying it. That is, until I tried it.
I'm still talking about the glitter here people!!!! ;)
Are you laughing yet? This is supposed to be humorous!
I confess. I tried it. I purchased lots of it, thinking it would help me get over my phobia, but to no avail. Come to find out, the use of glitter has also validated my diagnosis of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) in many ways. You know, the neat and clean, sticky aspect thing? Also the perfect outline ordeal...you know what I'm talking about right?
So there you have it. After reading the comments on my last post, I laughed when everyone felt sorry for me. They actually thought I was allergic to glitter!!!
(Pam...you are so funny! You surely know how to get a rumor started girl! ;)
I'm not allergic to glitter at all.
However, Glitter is on the bottom of my list of mediums to use in my artwork.
Chances are, if you see excessive amounts of glitter in my artwork, it's a fake and not a "JL original" tee hee!
This was such a fun post for me. I've always wanted to express how I feel about glitter...am I the only one who dislikes it???
Thanks Pam for helping me get it out of my system! ;)
The weekend is almost here, lighten up!!!! Go glitter something!