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Achieving the Beauty of Malachite: A DIY Easy Faux Finish with Green Clay Paint

Welcome, DIY enthusiasts and art lovers! Today, I'm excited to share with you a creative journey into replicating the stunning beauty of malachite using simple materials and techniques. Malachite, with its intricate green patterns and mesmerizing swirls, has been cherished for centuries. Now, with the magic of clay paint and a touch of creativity, you can bring this captivating aesthetic into your home. Join me as we explore the steps to craft a faux malachite finish that will leave everyone impressed.


Materials Needed:

- Daydream Apothecary Color, Calm Palm (Celery Color) Clay Paint

- Daydream Apothecary Topcoat, Dream Coat (Clear Low Luster Finish)

- Daydream Apothecary Clay Paint, Forest Rain Dark Green

- Amy Howard at Home Glazed Over (Clear Glazing Medium)

- Piece of Cardboard

- Paintbrushes

- Paper Towels or cloth

- Painter's Tape (optional)

- Patience and Creativity! (mandatory)

Green Layered Malachite Faux Finish
Malachite Faux Finish

Step 1: Prepare Your Surface

Begin by ensuring that your surface is clean, dry, and primed if necessary. Apply a base coat of Calm Palm (Celery Color) Clay Paint evenly across the surface. This soft green hue will serve as the foundation

for our malachite-inspired masterpiece. Allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: Seal the Basecoat

To ensure a smooth surface apply a layer of Dream Coat on top of the Calm Palm and let it dry thoroughly.

Step 3:

Adding Depth and Texture

Once the dream coat is dry, it's time to add depth and texture to our faux malachite finish. Mix Forest Rain Dark Green Chalk Paint with Glazed Over to create a green semi-translucent glaze. Apply this mixture over the dried dream coat using a paintbrush or sponge, just paint it on like you would a basecoat. Super easy, nothing fancy needed.

Step 4: Creating the Faux Malachite Veins

To mimic the intricate veins found in malachite, we'll use a simple yet effective technique. Take a piece of cardboard and cut it into a size that fits the area in which you are working. Using the technique I detailed on the video make shapes resembling a malachite cross-section. Again, allow your creativity to guide you as you vary the size and placement of the shapes.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Once you're satisfied with the pattern and texture of your faux malachite finish, it's time to seal the masterpiece. Apply a coat of Dream Coat Clear Finish over the entire surface using smooth, even strokes. This not only adds a protective layer but also enhances the depth and vibrancy of the colors, bringing your faux malachite to life.


With a blend of patience, creativity, and a few simple materials, you can transform any surface into a breathtaking masterpiece reminiscent of the natural beauty of malachite. Whether you're adorning furniture, accent walls, or decorative objects, this easy DIY faux malachite finish is sure to impress. So go ahead, unleash your inner artist, and let the beauty of malachite inspire your next creative endeavor!

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