Drawing with chalk is fun, but as soon as a rainy day comes along, all that artwork is washed away. Thankfully, the innovative minds behind Rainworks have solved the problem of rainy-day sidewalk-art blues with an art material that only appears when wet. This means that when the drizzle starts, the magic is revealed!
Rainworks got its start on Kickstarter and has since gained in popularity because well, it’s pretty awesome. It’s a super-hydrophobic coating that can be sprayed from a bottle. Using a stencil allows you to create artwork that, when dry, is invisible. Wet the surface it’s on and voila — your drawing is revealed!
See for yourself:
OK, but how does it work? According to the Rainworks website, super-hydrophobic coating is able to keep surfaces from getting wet. So, when it’s applied to concrete, the concrete underneath doesn’t change colors — until the concrete surface gets wet and whatever pattern or design you created remains a lighter color. The coating works on any surface that changes color when wet including wood, stone and some fabrics. Pretty neat, huh?
The website also states that Rainworks is not harmful to the environment once sprayed, and it can last for up to two to four months. It’s also important to note that should Rainworks end up somewhere it’s not supposed to be—say, on a surface inside the house—it’s easily removable using a cleaning product and some elbow grease!
You can purchase a 2-ounce bottle starter kit for $19 online or splurge for a 16-ounce bottle for $130.
The original intent of this product was “to give people a reason to smile on rainy days,” according to the brand story. And based on the use of #rainworks online, it seems as though the company’s been able to do just that.
This inspiring message was left on a sidewalk in Maryland:
And this message gave the people of Seattle an extra reason to love their city:
This reminded someone how “awesome” they are:
And a message like this made people in Idaho feel beautiful:
Did they succeed in bringing smiles to people on rainy days? We’d say so!