On my second test piece, I decided to try zigzag stitching the background pieces together hoping to create a flatter edge so that the paint would go over it more evenly.
I also decided to try using commercial fabrics to see what more pattern/variation would be like in the background under the paint. Once again, I fused on the black shapes and stitched them down. I did the free motion stitching and painted over the entire background.
Here is how test piece #2 turned out.
Personal Logograph #2
commercial fabrics, fused and machine stitched
9-1/8 x 9-1/8"
©2012 Lisa Flowers Ross
The zigzag seams were a little better, but I still wasn't happy with them. I did better with the contrast of the "halo" effect and making it more noticeable. But I wasn't there yet.
Tomorrow - test piece #3.