Be prepared for mess but these cakes are really fun to make. The first step is to use the Smooth Frosting technique and then chill your cake. I love this recipe HERE for Royal Icing, once I had it whipped up I put 1/2 cup of Icing in 6 different bowl. As I added the color (gel paste) I added a few drops of water at a time until it would drip down from the brush slowly & smoothly, like the actual texture of paint! I covered as much of my counter as I could with plastic and made sure I had something behind my cake that was tall enough to catch the splatter. I practiced a few times with my paint brush (I used a soft flexible one) and then went to town!