One of the things I've always admired (and been nervous to try to do) is free motion quilting / embroidery. This morning on Quilting Arts TV there was a short segment on this type of thing that I thought just might be a good beginner project and as an artistic bonus it also involved painting on fabric.
Basic steps were to draw a simple picture (so simple that I copied their dragonfly idea) copy that off onto a piece of fabric which is then placed on top of batting and free motion quilted. Once you do that you simply dilute acrylic paint 6 parts to 1 and go to town painting. The paint does bleed but I liked the effect. Once it dries you layer that piece onto felt and use a decorative thread and a nice stitch to stitch to the felt.
Thank goodness it was supposed to have a stitchy-sketchy look but if I ever get good at this one day I know I'll probably look back on this example and get dry heaves. Hehehe. It was fun though. Now I need to take a drawing class because that dragonfly was stretching the limits of my skills in that area and even so it was copied from the TV show.