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Unlike trends, personal style evolves rather than revolves. Trends are billed for wholesale adoption, while style is about careful adaptation—or even about omitting trends altogether. In personal style, something loved within an interior becomes a layer in the life of a home that trends ought not tamper with.
Toward the end of a portrait project, paint is added with varying degrees of oil, in varying thicknesses, and in varying degrees of translucence. In the final installment in this four-part tutorial on portrait painting, Elspeth talks briefly about some of the secrets of deeply saturated color magic. Headings include: The over-painting; Glaze deep midtones and shadows; Scumble mid-tones, mid-highlights, and reflected light; Embellish brightest highlights; and Finishing.
Creating a signature chocolate has allure for all adventurous cooks, and we help out here by starting with a customizable hot chocolate; as well as a ground chocolate recipe that can also be personalized to every palate in the house. Then we finish with an easy chocolate souffle that can be bespoke as well. So, when the appetite for an extraordinary cup of chocolate—whether in liquid or solid form—comes over you, it can be wholly invented and made by your own hands. Recipes: Yvonne*apos;s Hot Chocolate, Signature Ground Chocolate Mix, Souffle a la Scarlet Pimpernel.
We tend to think of classical music as an art form created solely for lengthy concerts of epic, multi-movement pieces played by large orchestras in vast, silent-as-the-grave concert halls. Naturally, it has become all-too-easy to believe that classical music was intended for the exclusive and relatively impersonal, formal environment we've placed it in; but in the time of Sir Percy—and even in the time of Emmuska's musically-gifted father—the presentation of what we call classical music was dramatically different.
The scarlet pimpernel holds a tender significance to Great Britain. It is a flower of innocence and romance, and in the tales that surround it, it has a smack of sheer supernatural agency in its minuscule tendrils as well. The allusion to the flower was an excellent fit for the character and qualities of its namesake hero, Sir Percy Blakeney. In addition to explaining why the enigmatical flower has a mettle worthy of Sir Percy, this installment of the Garden talks about how to enjoy the presence of the pimpernel in the garden and around the house.
While journeying from Drumlanrig to Ayr, Seymore's experience, at Sanquhar Castle, with the kind of sundial originating in Scotland during the 17th century, sparks an idea that becomes one of the most formative in his subsequent creation of The Isles of Rune.
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By Al R. Young The The Scarlet Pimpernel issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Of Indigo and of Blue (3 pages)Hearth - Exquisitely Painted (4 pages)Kitchen - With Her Own Hands (5 pages)Music - Of the Improvised Concert (2 pages)Garden - The Scarlet Pimpernel (4 pages)Workshops - A Bold Dash for the Barn (3 pages)Garret - Time and Distance Vanish (2 pages)The Scarlet Pimpernel is the 110th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »