Monday, October 2, 2017

Just The Gist Of The Kit–October 2017

This month master forger Julene, who loves, loves, loves to travel, picked out the St. Tropez line from Prima as our inspiration kit.

St-Tropez, is an old, old seaside town in France, acquiring its name in AD 68 from a Roman officer named Torpes who met an end too unpleasant to relate here, but which led the villagers of St. Tropez to adopt him as their patron saint. (Yes, it is a new month, but Susanne is still enamored with history lessons on Wikipedia.)

For centuries St. Tropez remained a peaceful little fishing village, attracting painters like the pointillist Paul Signac. That changed dramatically in 1956 when And God Created Woman (Et Dieu Créa la Femme) was shot there starring Brigitte Bardot. Needless to say, that catapulted the pretty little town on the French Riviera into the international limelight.

And with that bit of background on the namesake of this collection, let’s try to get at the gist of this kit.

1.  It is by Prima.  Enough said . . . well almost.  Feminine, floral, Prima.

2.  Saint Tropez is old world French. It has a weathered time worn look.  Everything is softened, nothing is harsh. Even a graphic map looks faded by the ages. I think the aged look ties perfectly into fall.

3.  It is at and of the seaside – the colors are those found at the beach. They are of sand and water, with bits of pink, lilac and black reminiscent of twilight on the tides.

4.  Like the pointillism style of painting, these papers have wonderful details in their illustrations and patterns. As you look closer and closer, you will find it is the details that make up the whole.  Look closely for even more to be inspired by.  Which of those details speak to you this month.

You can take this collections in several directions – focusing on the seaside or focusing on the feminine florals.  Your kit too can be a blend of the two – inspired by the softer side of the seaside.


  1. You have it summed up perfectly! And I can confirm all you said about St Tropez - when I lived on the Cote d'Azure way back when, it was somewhere I visited quite often and fell in love with. It's been way too long since then!

  2. am glad you brought up the point of pointillism...I see a counterfeit in my future this month!


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