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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.”
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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