I decided to continue right where I left off and pulled out the same brown patterned fabric used in the first practice session. I cut two smaller pieces; added bits of watered down acrylic paints and let them dry.
Here I have two appliqued flowers and 10 leaves with batting only on the back. As I was laying them out the name of Standing Guard kept jumping out at me, but I'm certainly far from having anything worth naming quality. I added stitching to, of course, the leaves and the flowers, as well as freeform stitching here and there to compliment a few of the paint strokes.
The stitching is not prominent enough to much tell at a distance. So, I layed it on the scanner bed (what would fit anyway) and it picks up a bit better.
I'm stopping at this point. (I'll set it aside for practice when I start on finishing techniques). What did I learn
- My focal applique pieces are not enough contrast to the background paint.
- My stitching does not even begin to draw out the features.
Practice will continue; I have the second piece of semi-painted fabric, which I'll start practice tomorrow.