I had made this whole cloth quilt two or three years ago. They are supposed to be "layered" houses but the color is too uniform. I did not include any perspective (the houses in the back should be smaller) because I want it to look like a pattern as well.
I used Elmer's washable gel glue to create resist lines, and colored the houses different colors with thickened dyes. The problem is, I did this on a previously snow dyed piece of fabric, so the color looked very uniform and the division lines didn't stand out. I painted the roof lines, and window and door frames with Tsukineko white ink. The whole thing still looks flat and blah. I thought adding different patterns and textures to the houses with the white ink would help, but it didn't really do much.
I pulled out my Setacolor transparent paints and have started adding more color to the houses. I still have some more color to add. I am thinking I'd paint all the doors and windows the same color, and use markers and pens to add more details to the trim and roof lines. It's definitely an improvement.