I started this one by collaging a nine patch of colored papers to fabric. I played around with a few options for layering other papers on it but didn’t like anything that I tried, but I did like the way some white rice paper looked when I put it on top.
Using a fine point Sharpie, I drew this bird guy on the rice paper, I like to think of him/her as a kind of shaman. I cut out the figure from the paper and used gel medium to glue it to the background. Even though the colored papers were beautiful, they looked too strong for a background and competed with the image so I painted over them with pearl white textile paint.
The metallic paints have a transparent base which lets a little bit of color from the papers below show through, which I like. I cut out some leaves from colored papers and glued them down with the gel medium and painted the bird figure with washes of textile paint. Then stitched everything and fused it to a piece of Peltex.