How to Paint Fireworks With Acrylic

Updated April 17, 2017

Capturing the magic of a sparkling firework display on paper is remarkably simple and requires only the most basic tools. Even if you are not a confident artist blow painting techniques with acrylic paints will allow you to create spectacular firework bursts. It's so easy even small children can do it. Use neon colours on a black background to give the impression of sparks lighting up a midnight sky.

Place a sheet of black art paper on a flat surface. Pour each colour of neon acrylic paint into a separate saucer. If the paint is very thick dilute with a small amount of water until it is thin enough that it will flow easily.

Dip a brush into the paint and drop a blob onto the paper and immediately use the straw to blow the paint out from the centre of the blob in different direction to create a firework burst effect.

Wash the brush, dip it in another colour of paint, drop onto the paper and use the straw to blow more firework bursts. Repeat with different colours over the page, allowing different trails of colour to overlap in parts.

Leave to dry.


Neon colour acrylics will be strong enough to show up on black paper, but it is important you do not add to much water if you are diluting it as this will weaken the impact of the colour. Try blowing the undiluted paint on scrap paper first to see whether it needs thinning and if it does use no more water than necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Black art paper
  • Acrylic paints in neon shades
  • Saucers
  • Water
  • Brush
  • Straw
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Mary Stewart has been a news and features journalist since 2000. Her work has appeared in U.K. national newspapers and magazines, including "The Times (of London)," "The Sunday Telegraph," "The Mail on Sunday" and "The Guardian". She has a B.A. in journalism from Napier University.