How to make a fire painting

Have you ever tried to paint a fire? Here’s our mess free fire painting technique.

How to make a fire painting

Click on the arrows below to see the final paintings.

We talked about what fires look like, the colour of the flames and the shape of them. We wanted to use movement to create our paintings, to capture the tendrils of flames, curling around each other.

Using a dark background made the colours of the fire more intense. We picked yellow, red and orange for our flames.

Fire painting learning


This activity was great for learning about colour blending.


We talked about fire safety whilst creating our pictures. We also read ‘Frances the Firefly’ a free downloadable story for children about fire safety.

Gross motor skills

The kids used gross motor skills whilst fire-painting, making big sweeping movements with their hands to recreate the shapes of the flames.


You might be interested in the work of Steven Spazuk, a fire artist. He uses a technique called fumage, using fire, soot and acrylic paint to create pictures. Warning: If showing children this video please reiterate the messages about fire safety.

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  • Josie – Me, Them and the Others Posted March 7, 2019 4:07 pm

    I love this, I think process art is the best kind for children and if you take photos you’ve got something to keep too. #kidsandKreativity

    • Debbie Denyer Posted March 7, 2019 5:23 pm

      Thanks Josie, I agree. Process art is so good for building children’s confidence and allowing them to explore different materials and techniques.

  • Bryony shaw Posted March 14, 2019 1:00 pm

    I’ll have to give this a go this week #kidsandkreativity

    • Debbie Denyer Posted March 14, 2019 5:17 pm

      I’d love to see your photos if you do. Just tag @squidgydoodle on Instagram and Facebook or @SquidgydoodleHQ on twitter.

  • Kerry Posted March 14, 2019 2:32 pm

    I like this idea, and I think the paintings look really effective! Thanks again for linking up to #KidsandKreativity

    • Debbie Denyer Posted March 14, 2019 5:19 pm

      We’re fans of messy art but sometimes it’s good to have a mess free alternative. It’s great for discussing colour mixing.

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