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Bonfire Night is the time of year I miss the most, now that I no longer live in the UK. I grew up on a farm and every year we would have family and friends over to drink hot tomato soup around a big bonfire. All wrapped up in our big coats and scarves.
We’d then “ohhh” and “ahhh” over fireworks bursting colorfully through the dark night sky. And not forgetting of course writing our names though the air using sparklers, which was my favourite bit!
Living over in Ireland, my kids miss out on Bonfire Night itself. But I wasn’t going to let them miss out on another Bonfire Night tradition I remember from school, making Fireworks pictures. I remember dipping coloured chalk into sugary water and then drawing sparkly fireworks out onto black paper. Do you remember doing these kinds of pictures? What other ways did you make fireworks pictures at school?
What is Suminagashi?
A friend introduced me to the wonderful world of Suminagashi recently. As she was telling me about it, I thought it would be an ideal way to create some Fireworks pictures.
“Suminagashi (墨 流 し) or “floating ink” is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful. It originated in Japan as early as the 12th century.”
Affiliate link We used a set of Marbling Inks similar to these ones is our activity.
How to make Suminagnashi Firework pictures
- Squeeze a few drops of ink over the water.
- Pour some water into a large dish or onto a deep tray.
- Use a paintbrush to gently swirl the inks though the water.
- Gently place a sheet of paper over the water and then carefully lift it out to print the pattern.
- Leave to dry
23 thoughts on “Suminagashi Fireworks”
That looks like great fun 🙂
Thanks. It s a great activity for holding kids attention as well as every picture is different.
Love this, we are doing fireworks pictures this weekend too, love the paint in water one.
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Thanks! Fireworks are great fun aren't they!
wow i love this, will defo try this…looks like great fun! #LetKidsBeKids
Thanks. Hope you enjoy it.
I remember doing pictures like that as a child, I'd forgotten all about them. Lovely way of making pretty fireworks.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids
Great marbling – sorry if you've had multiple comments from us but having problems with computer. We love marbling paints, especially fluorescent ones which make great Easter cards. From http://www.wickedworldoflucas.co.uk and http://www.kidglloves.com
We'd love to see you there http://www.kidglloves.com/mini-creations-wednesday-5th-november-2014/ #letkidsbekids
Thanks for the invite!
Ooh I love this, I remember doing this kind of marbling in school but could never have told you that that was the proper name for it! I wouldn;t have thought of doing it for fireworks pictures but they look really fab! I loved making fireworks pictures as a kid, there was generally a lot of glitter glue involved if I remember right! 🙂 xx #mmwbh
How interesting! I think we would enjoy this, and it would be a great ad-on to learning about Japan!
It would be perfect include in an activity about Japan!
We didnt have bonfire nights in my country but I remember doing this project. Suminagashi is one of my fave art activity to watch in Youtube! Paper marbling is such nice project! #mmwbh
It's great isn't it. I feel we have been missing out as we've only just discovered it.
Oh that looks fab! We tried to do the food colouring in milk exploding thingey the other day, totally didn't work 😉
gosh, I haven't used marbling inks for a long time. These look fab
Thanks Sarah. I'm so pleased that we discovered them.
Oh this looks like so much fun and what a great firework effect! Thanks for linking up with #MMWBH x
Grace says – Thanks so much for linking up this AWESOME #minicreations. Welcome to the GL Gang. We hope to see you soon ##
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