I bought some Johnsons Klear Floor Wax the other day as I was told it makes a good varnish for Domino Art. I haven’t actually used it on dominos yet but I have been experimenting with it to create backgrounds!
Johnsons Klear Floor Wax is available to buy in the UK from Supermarkets, its Acrylic based, those of you in the USA will know this as ‘Future Finish Floor Wax’..the 2 products are very much the same.
Apparently it can be used with many different techniques, so I decided to try my hand at backgrounds to see what I could come up with, these are my first results from experimenting!
Now read on for how you too can create these easy backgrounds!
What You Will Need
Newspaper to protect your work surface
Johnsons Klear Floor Wax (or Future Floor Finish)
1 sheet of A4 size Acetate (or any plastic film sheet)
Metallic Acrylic Paints: I used metallic paints by both Plaid and Inscribe.
Cotton Wool Balls
Card Stock in all colours, I used dark colours such as black, plus white. Both gloss and mat card stock work for this technique and both produce different effects. I recommend you use both to compare results.
How To Create
1. Place your sheet of acetate on top of the newspaper to protect your work surface. Pour a dollop of Floor Wax into the centre of the acetate, use a cotton wool ball to spread the floor wax over the entire surface of the acetate sheet. You want a good even coverage of floor wax, but not too much that it is swimming in it.
2. Next squirt metallic acrylic paints directly from the bottle over the acetate, you can make swirls or just squirt dots, it doesn’t matter how you squirt the paint. Squirt different colours all over the acetate so that the surface has random swirls of colours, do not completely cover the surface however, you still want the majority of the surface to be covered with the floor wax.
Use as many or as little colours as you want, I used purple, copper, green, red and blue all together to create a rainbow background.
3. Next using the cotton wool ball, move the acrylic paint around so that it mixes in with the floor wax, this will create a kind of multicoloured ‘oil slick’ with all the colours intermixing with the wax.
4. Take a piece of dark colour card stock and place it into the coloured floor wax, pat the back of the card stock so that the colour is spread evenly over the card, and gently peel and remove the card and set aside to dry
Your background will look something like this:
The scans don’t really portray the backgrounds in their true light, the floor wax gives the paints an almost powdery effect on the background which I think resembles Pearl Ex as it changes colour as you move it in the light.
You can get several backgrounds out of one ‘oil slick’, each time you place the card into it, the colours fade each time to create different colour effects.
To charge up the colours to make more backgrounds add more floor wax and paint and start all over again.
You can make the colours for your backgrounds more intense by adding more paint, and make them more subtle by adding more floor wax, experiment with quantities to see what you can come up with!
If you add mostly floor wax and a tiny bit of paint, I find it creates an almost batik wash effect on both cream and white colour card stock:
Dont throw your cotton wool balls away what you have mixed the paints and wax with, they can be used to ‘sponge’ directly onto card stock to create a kind of ‘clouded’ rainbow effect:
For this technique I find matt card stock produces the most prominent backgrounds. Gloss does work too, but its results are more subtle. You can compare the differences below:
Once you have finished making backgrounds you can now actually use the acetate you have been using to create a background all on its own!!
Crumple up a sheet of white tissue paper, then open it up and pat it down over the acetate to make it stick onto the floor wax, at this point you may need to add a little more floor wax to help stick the tissue paper to the acetate. Once dry you can stamp on the smooth acetate side of the background. The results are as follows:
I hope you have as much fun creating these backgrounds as I did!