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Friday, October 18, 2013

Malachite for Mark

Faux Malachite how to.
My friend Mark of All Things Ruffnerian liked the background I used in my last photographs. 
Malachite looks great with a little gold (or a lot of gold).  






A not so true rendition of malachite also works. 
You're in charge, you're the painter.




You will need black and green acrylic paint, a wide foam brush and about 3 to 4 torn cardboard pieces, different sizes.






Start with black and add green.





I added a little yellow to my green because I didn't have the right green.





Blend a little.







With cardboard pieces start making circles





Overlapping circles and using different sized cardboard pieces.





Practice a few times.  You can add a paint conditioner (Floetrol) for more "open" time  or spritz with a little water. 
You'll find many examples of malachite on the Internet. 








When painting boxes seal paint with clear acrylic sealer for extra shine.   






Paint should not be too thick.  You want a smooth and even surface.







 Same idea (swirling paint around on paper) produces a fine stack of greeting cards.


Happy painting my dear Friends, and have a great remainder of the week.

Gina



16 comments:

  1. Good Morning, dear Gina, and I hope it is full of sunshine and no frost. You make all your projects look so easy and are a great teacher. Love the pear and the wonderful bowl. Have a lovely weekend, Sieglinde

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    1. Dear Sieglinde, This is really a very easy paint technique. It also has many applications. With Christmas just around the corner you can "beautify" many objects or papers. I use ordinary printing paper and cover them with this technique. Then I cut the paper to size and glue it on, such as on card stock. Let me know how they turn out. ox, Gina

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  2. Dear Gina, Thanks for showing off your malachite technique! It looks like great fun, and you may have actually created (or at least enabled) a monster, because I already have visions of the Malachite Room!!

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    1. Dear Mark, Why am I not surprised. Of course you will want to paint an entire room. Don't forget the gold leaf.

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  3. Dear Gina - this looks like great fun and with very attractive results. Is there no end to your talents?

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    1. Dear Rosemary, Some paint techniques (marbling) require a lot of skill and lots of supplies. Not this. You can even duplicate those lovely papers from Florence. I know that you will think of many possibilities.

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  4. Hello Gina,
    What fun. I have a wooden trinket box , I bought for one of my grandaughters... she will love to do this marbeling on it. I have Americana paints. Thank you for sharing how to do this.
    happy week Gina. val

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    1. Dear Val, You must show us the results. This malachite technique is perfect for young children and adults alike. But be careful, once you get started you can't stop. Have fun. ox, Gina

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  5. Well Mark, you will need to name it the "Gina" room! I too, adore malachite. Wonderful post Gina!

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  6. Dear Theresa, Don't be surprised. Mark might just do it. He's not one to shirk hard work. But an entire room? We might have to go and help him. ox, Gina.

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  7. I love what you've shared here Gina - a little paint, brushes, even cardboard, when in the artist's hand can reveal such beauty.

    Mary X

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    1. Dear Mary, you will be astounded at how easy this paint technique develops. I would love to see what you do with it. I can see many applications for your beautiful photography.

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  8. Love the look of malachite. You make it look as if this is an easy process, but I know this take the skill of talented hands such as yours. Thanks for sharing the steps. It will be fun to try my hand as this.

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    1. Hello Sarah, It really is so easy that you will want to paint every surface available. Try it on a BLAK poster board first. You can keep going over the paint while it is still wet. That way you can get a good feel for the process. I know that you will have good results.

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  9. You make working on the malachite look so easy. I suspect that for me it would be a challenge to get it looking as good as yours.

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  10. Hello Lulu, Believe me when I say that his paint technique is very easy. Give it a try. I think that you will be proud of your work.

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