Flora beautiful garden
Saturday, July 24, 2010
We are often asked about weathering or ageing ornaments and if there are any tips for the owner of a snow white, crisp new ornament.
For some owners the pristine look will do very well. This would be the case with a new build property or in a garden where everything is brand new. In this example an ancient looking ornament would stand out like a weed in a rose garden. However, many gardens are attached to lovely old properties and the aged look is particularly appreciated in Europe and North America. In this case the pristine look can easily be altered to fit in with the rest of the property.
A simple colour wash will do the trick and 'knock away' the bright newness of the piece. This can be achieved with a very weak solution of black acrylic paint (easily obtainable from an artists supplier) or external house paint. Several applications will make the piece age further and further into the past. More expert treatments include adding a fine layer of powdery cement over the top and then applying the colour wash. This is not recommended for a Chilstone ornament! Left to itself, time will work its magic.
Other tricks are to leave the ornament in a patch of stinging nettles which seems to do the work of ages! Lichen can be attracted to the piece with the application of a layer of natural yogurt. There is nothing so beautiful as a velvetty covering of lichen on a well crafted ornament.
The above picture illustrates the effect of a simple application of a colour wash. Additional washes with enhance the effect. Note also that the artificial ageing technique will not harm the piece and it will still age in the normal way!