After seeing the first blog and video, you might be intimidated by the size of the table as your first pour project. I am going to pull back a little bit and paint two wooden clocks using two different pour methods. A smaller amount of paint and an easier size to handle may give you the experience and confidence in doing a larger piece. The most time consuming thing in this process is always mixing the paint and pouring medium. Mixing the paint should be your "Zen" moment during the process. Slow, smooth, methodical. Like a sloth. Watch the video for hints.
The clocks occupy 100 sq. in. of surface which would predictably need 10 ounces of paint total. To be fair, on these smaller pieces, I mixed a total of 9 ounces and could have gotten by with 7. More is better because it allows you to tilt the piece and move the forming cells and colors where you like.
First things first. I prepare the wood clocks by painting them with a coat of Dixie Belle Driftwood paint. By painting the wood first, the pouring mixture has a texture to grip onto and that has always worked best for me. All of the paints in this pour are Dixie Belle. Their paint is very easy to use and works well in the recipes. They also have a rich color palette available that is modern, classic and beautiful. When using random craft paints, I have gotten mixed results and failures. The reason is the different levels of pigment and viscosity. You want all your colors to be the same thickness or they can slide over or under the other colors when you tilt the surface. Dixie Belle Paint is the answer.
As you see in the picture, the flip cup pour has some really nice big, beautiful cells. One has a tendency to think more silicone equals more and bigger cells. In fact, it seems to be the opposite. Also, I do a simple quick stir after adding in the silicone. Others people stir it in thoroughly. The choice is yours. There are no rules when creating art. Only practice. Don't fall in love with your pour until it dries. It will change, they always do. Keep it level. This is a must.
The "Dirty Pour" as it is known in the painting world will look completely different than a "Flip Cup". I did not use the drop of silicone in each color for this pour and I was surprised to see some tiny cell-like bubbles come onto the surface. I like them. It adds texture to the swirls of color. I poured back and forth from one side to the other. Where and how you pour is up to you. It is unpredictably beautiful. Let your clock dry on a level surface. I usually don't touch them for 48 hours, sometimes longer. After the paint is completely dry, look for any silicone that has come to the surface. It will look shiny and wet. Remove the excess silicone with a dry cloth. Then follow up with a cloth slightly dampened with rubbing alcohol. Gently go over the surface. Now you are ready to seal your piece with Dixie Belle Clear Coat Satin Finish. I apply 3 coats, allowing it to dry after each coat. The results are beautiful. Add a clock movement kit and you are ready to hang.