|orange head rather than red, different red for body|
The red outlining just kind of muddies the colors and looks less crisp. So, give up that idea. Clearly I was somewhat attached to the idea of using something in the same color family as the silkscreen color but this last experiment has convinced me to just let it go.
And for reference, here's the original color tryout on paper with the black outline. I mention the color differences under the redo photo above: body color a different, more orangy red, and I did the head in mostly the upper wing color rather than the body color so the expression is easier to read. The one below is not bad for the first try but not what I really wanted.
|first try with red colors on paper|
And I'm now at the end of the month of experiments. I haven't even made it into dye trials but it was very productive in narrowing my materials and helping me focus my work in a particular style and subject matter. Winged things on silk, that's what I'll be doing this next month. As for the dragons, I will be getting the fire-breathing part done next and then the backgrounds. More trial and error fun!