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Make beautiful faux malachite obelisks from cardboard and newspaper!
Learn how to paint faux malachite on these beautiful recycled obelisks! Watch the short video tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFgdqiBPbvs

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  • How to make a model or sculpture. Faux Malachite Obelisks - Step 1
    Step 1

    Newspaper
    Cardboard
    Americana Acrylics in Evergreen, Sea Breeze, White and Holly Green
    Americana Glazing Medium
    Ruler
    White glue
    Masking tape
    Minwax Polycrylic
    Craft knife
    Paintbrush

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Faux Malachite Obelisks - Step 2
    Step 2

    Print out and use to create your pattern
    Each square is 1/2" by 1/2"
    Enlarge and make them any size

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Faux Malachite Obelisks - Step 3
    Step 3

    Trace the obelisk pattern 4 times, side by side
    *Clean up your lines with a ruler
    Cut out the entire shape and score so it can be folded
    Trace the base pattern, cut and score
    Tape all pieces together with masking tape

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Faux Malachite Obelisks - Step 4
    Step 4

    Water down some white glue to use as a decoupage medium
    Cover the cardboard obelisk in at least one layer of newspaper
    When dry, paint the entire obelisk in Sea Breeze and White Acrylic
    *The paint doesn't have to be perfect, it can vary from light to dark
    *Make sure to paint all surfaces
    Cut jagged edges on a 2" x 2" piece of cardboard
    Mix equal parts of Evergreen and Glazing Medium
    Paint one surface of the obelisk and immediately scrape the surface
    with the jagged cardboard to create the malachite effect
    *Try circles and scallops and overlap the patterns

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Faux Malachite Obelisks - Step 5
    Step 5

    When all surfaces are dry, coat with at least two coats of Minwax Polycrylic

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Faux Malachite Obelisks - Step 6
    Step 6

    If you want, edge the base with a metallic paint marker by
    running it along the edges

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