I was very used to using matte sign painter's acrylics. Recently switched to a different brand of semi-matte acrylics. Am getting used to them while exploring this cloth sculpture genre. It is very engaging. The How-To-Use-a-Sewing-Machine class turned out to be a great experience. A very patient, expert-teacher helped. With this goblin guy, the next step is to find a good backing cloth and then put it together to make a finished pillow-thing.
I just saw a soft sculpture on Etsy that had an extraordinary face done in colored pencil--amazing stuff out there.