After a break of a few weeks, with various visitors staying and a week walking the Speyside Way, I went back to the chapter and tried a few more ideas, including the transfer paints.
I am much happier with this one. I used the transfer printed background and got back to my beloved bird shapes. The pale pink one on top looked rather solid and obscured too much of the green one, despite using a loosely woven muslin. So, I tried adding a pulled thread stitch so that more of what was behind would show. Apologies about the masking tape. It was just to hold it down to photograph it since the stitching distorted it a bit. I'll mount it properly at the end of the chapter.
I tried cutting the other way with this one, ie cutting out inside the shapes instead of outside. I think it kind of looks interesting but too much is hidden. Maybe I need to cut out more shapes, or add some transparent shapes over the top.... This is a work in progress.
More to follow on this chapter. It is so long since I posted anything that I thought I'd better put something on, then I can post again once I've done more work.