I've added the stems and leaves to the second Iris quilt using fabric paint. I wanted the leaves to be quite swordlike and dark.
They've been painted in indigo with touches of aubergine but I shall add the shadows that would naturally fall beneath the buds and flowers, and where the leaves overlap each other, with a sepia pencil and wash.
You can see how I've started to shade the base of the flower with the pencil here. I think it will look OK on top of the metallic paint. I'm aiming for the effect of gold leaf that you see in a lot of tradition Japanese art. It was such a gloomy day today and the time just evaporated - by the time I got into my workroom the light wasn't good enough to carry on but I shall hope for better conditions tomorrow.
How are you all doing? Hope you're all making progress too!