You know it's fall in Virginia when you can smell fresh apples everywhere! I grew up on a farm in an apple growing family. Our house was right beside one of our orchards, so in the mornings, I'd wake up to the smell of apples and the wood stove. We had apples everywhere, and always had several crates in the "root cellar" all winter for cooking. Mom usually fried them with ham, or we'd just eat them raw. My favorite was baked apples. And somewhere every weekend in October, some organization is making apple butter to sell for a fundraiser.
The other night I cooked Bratwurst with sauerkraut and thought friend apples would be wonderful with them. So I started coring and peeling apples. I had about four cups peeled and sliced when I thought, "Drat. You don't peel fried apples. They'll fall apart in the pan." I'm so used to making apple crisp for the boys (another favorite!) that I peeled without thinking. So – we had fried apples and apple crisp for dinner. My fried apples tasted more like my baked apples, though, because I added a lot of sugar and cinnamon.
One of the things I hear a lot from other demonstrators is, "I wish we had watercolor pencils in all our colors." Personally, I absolutely love our watercolor pencils. I read a review by an independent tester, and ours ranked highest of all the pencils that were tested. They're so blendable – with water, low odor mineral spirits or blender pens – and the color possibilities are endless.
Here's how I use them. First, I scribble several colors on a scrap of watercolor paper.
Sorry about the blur…but this is the two lightest blues and the gray. I wanted Marina Mist, because I was coloring the truck from the Countryside set, and I wanted it to match an old truck Mike used to have.
I like to blend on the watercolor paper instead of on the project. That way, you know you have the color you want. You can always add more color later.
Here's what it looked like on the image. I'm using watercolor paper for the project, also, because it just works best for watercoloring.
It was still a little "blue," so I added a bit more gray to age the truck. For that, I just added lines of gray color to the truck since I wasn't really blending colors together. Then I blended in the gray with the aqua painter.
Here's the finished project –
Stamp sets: Countryside, Fabulous Phrases
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Marina Mist classic, watercolor pencils
Paper: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Very Vanilla card stock; watercolor paper
Other: Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, Marina Mist grosgrain, Old Olive satin ribbon, Rich Regals brads, stampin' dimensionals, aqua painter, punches: 3/4" x 15/16" oval, 1" circle, 1-3/4" x 7/8" oval (the punch formerly known as "Large oval")
I'm really happy with the color blends. I think I created pretty credible replications of Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Riding Hood Red. The pencils are so simple to use, and at $19.95 for 24 pencils (#101879), they're a very affordable watercoloring option.
If you'd like to see the pencils I blend to create Stampin' Up! colors, see the full tutorial here.
Have a great weekend! Get some fresh apples – preferable from Virginia, because, of course, they're the best!