This one was a "can you force this to happen" request... a real challenge with paint-pouring, which took a couple tries to get right.
The subject: an ES-335 style beauty with a sunburst spalted-maple to red finish. The request was "mostly black, with some complimentary red/brown coloring in the middle." The owner also requested that the edges be finished in cream so that the pickguard would stand out from the body.
The first attempt was a traditional paint-pour, with colors layered to hopefully create the desired result. The resulting pour looked GREAT, but wasn't what was requested. So I, regretfully, re-poured (as promised to my customers if they don't like the initial result), using a method to create the desired final effect.