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1. Tape along the outside of the cross with masking tape.
2. Sketch the floral design inside the cross, carrying some elements over the edge so the fall over the tape. Use simple shapes like circles, ovals, curved lines, and rounded triangles to create the flower design.
3. Fill in the floral pattern with Melon-Choly, Orkid, Poo Bear, and Sour Apple. When those are dry, add accents with a liner brush using Candy Apple Red, Irish Luck, and My Blue Heaven.
4. Remove the tape.
5. Pick a color scheme of 3-5 colors that work well when mixed together. Consult a color wheel if you need to! I chose to use Melon-Choly, My Blue Heaven, and Orkid.
6. Lay the colors on a clean palette and refill your water bowl with clean water. Soak a clean brush in water, load it with paint, and "smoosh" into the background of the tile, making a puddle of color. Working quickly, repeat the loading process with another color and "smoosh" on the outside of the puddle you started with. Repeat this process orking outwards until you've finished the entire background with one "layer". This is not a true layer of paint, but one layer of multiple puddles.
7. Let dry completely and repeat the process one a second layer. Don't worry about making it the same as the first layer-the technique is better when different colors are overlapping with the bottom layer.
8. Outline the cross and the background lines with Tuxedo using a liner brush.
9. Swipe a sponge dipped in tuxedo along the edge of the tile to finish the piece.