Well it's done. I'm not loving it and prefer the original sketch version. My daughter and I both agree that it needs more oomph but we are not sure what.
I may revisit it in a few months once I am more proficient at thread painting and beading.
What I do know for sure is I used the wrong weight of stabiliser.
The good part was I used my New Home sewing machine for the first time in years which was fun. Turns out that one of the parts was in backwards and that was why it would not sew properly. Now it's doing great.