Want to add some instant age to a garden ornament or plaster piece? If that bright spanking white surface is making your eyes flicker, bring it down by sponging on paint.
Use a neutral taupe color and a very wet sponge. With broad strokes, wipe the object down with watery paint. Don’t evenly coat if you want a varigated look. Next, glaze your base color by mixing a quart of glazing liquid (get it at Home Depot) with several teaspoons of raw umber, burnt umber, or sienna pigment. Use one, or all of them together.
Brush this mixture over your plaster piece and then wipe off with a rag. Voila! Instant patina.
Keep the rest for your next project. It’s great for garden items.