I have the kids do this with watered down acrylic. They paint it on, then rub off with wet paper towels. If you wait too long, the paint dries, so be careful. Once, I had them paint some areas to look like turquoise before we covered the entire area with watery black paint.
I've also had the kids do this with two layers - black, then gold. The cheap stuff from WalMart - we were making small pyramids with hieroglyphics and symbols on the sides (5th grade).
IMHO it beats shoepolish hands down.
From: cen_aca_dp [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2003 9:02 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: shoepolish on bisqueware
We have used black house paint (or acrylic) and a light coat of the Rub 'n
Buff on top to give it a patina. We spray finished tham with a sealer.
I also have a Amaco Buf and Rub sample kit but the colors are too colorful.
I'd like to give them choices to create an "old" ancient look perhaps with
patina effects that I don't think the over or under glazes will create. Has
anybody gone for this effect before, and do you have any suggestions?
>Betsy from PA