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Paint and decorating a Loteria Cross to put on your wall.
NOTE: The process for this cross could work on a small table, too!
You might be looking at this and wondering ‘what happened here’? I like mixing patterns and colors a lot. I like what happens when many different elements come together and start to make sense. I also really like crosses that have a Mexican flair!

(Photography by Auxy Espinoza)

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© 2019 Mark Montano / Simon & Schuster · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to make a cross. Loteria Cross - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut out your cross from the plywood and sand so it’s a nice smooth finish

  • Step 2

    Divide your cross into sections like you see in the photo. (The sections will each be painted differently)

  • How to make a cross. Loteria Cross - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using your blue tape and some newspaper, cover up the cross except for one section and spray it with a color to make it solid.

  • Step 4

    Wait a few minutes for it to dry and repeat until all of the sections are painted a different color.

  • Step 5

    With your tape and newspaper, section off one of your painted squares and lay the nylon athletic fabric over it like a stencil and spray with a contrasting color.

  • How to make a cross. Loteria Cross - Step 6
    Step 6

    Wait one minute and remove the fabric to reveal your pattern

  • Step 7

    Do this in all the sections except the middle section. In the middle section, use some lace to break up the pattern on the cross and add some interest.

    DON’T WORRY: If you don’t like your color combinations, you can always spray over it and start again!

  • How to make a cross. Loteria Cross - Step 8
    Step 8

    When your cross is dry, you will glue on your loteria cards in each section.

  • Step 9

    With your dark blue paint, do a decorative scallop all the way around the cross and in between the sections that you’ve painted.

  • Step 10

    After this dries, dot the light blue in between the scallops

  • Step 11

    Take your forest green paint and dot around your loteria cards and paint small leaves around the cross.

  • Step 12

    Spray with the Krylon Acrylic Clear Coat to give it a nice protected finish.

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