"You have to season the box" miss Carol said. Lesson number two was how to make an enamel surface workable with water. By applying thick layers of watercolor and letting them dry slowly the glossy surface of the white enamel wears out to the point were pools of water don't separate. Of course nothing is as easy as 1 2 3.
I'm going to have to keep applying more layers of color, let them dry, wash them off, and repeat the process until water no longer beads up. I don't know how many more times I will be doing this, if at all, but at least the first layer is done and over with.