Sidewalk Rain Art
Rain paint is a temporary paint that remains invisible until wet, when the originally painted design re-appears until the concrete dries again. It is a great way to instantly brighten up rainy days, add public art to your neighborhood and bond with your neighbors over a fun, artistic project.
Materials the city of Clearwater will provide: Rain paint, a wire bristle brush, and three pre-made stencils designed by Zulu Painter of St. Petersburg (designs below).
Materials the participant must provide: Painter’s tape.
Here are the steps to installing rain art in your own neighborhood:
- Contact our Neighborhood Services to request your supplies, including the date you would like to pick up and return the materials to the city of Clearwater’s Planning and Development Department, located at 100 S. Myrtle Ave. Rain paint may only be checked out by residents and resident groups, not businesses or schools. Pick up and drop off must be on a weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Supplies may be checked out for up to one week. Only one bottle of rain paint may be checked out per group. Groups larger than 5 may inquire about additional availability. Note: If supplies are already reserved during your requested period, the city’s neighborhoods coordinator will work with you to find a different check out period. All participants must fill out waivers prior to checking out supplies.
- When selecting locations for your rain art, look for concrete (not asphalt) that is clean, without cracks and in an area with good foot traffic. Remember, if a tree or awning is above the sidewalk you’re painting, your artwork may not be visible in the rain. Note: Rain art should not be installed on or near corners or curb ramps as it poses a safety concern. We welcome your rain art on public sidewalks but if you plan to paint any private property, get permission from the owner first.
- Decide on a few designs for your rain art. You may use the city of Clearwater’s stencils (images below) or you may make your own. Information on designing your own stencils as well as free, downloadable stencil designs can be found here. Note: Rain paint may not be used to depict pornography, profanity or advertisements. Groups who violate these guidelines will be responsible for the removal of their rain art and will not be permitted to check out materials in the future.
- Install your art on a sunny day so the paint dries effectively and quickly. It takes 24 hours for rain paint to settle into concrete so be sure to paint at a time when rain is unlikely.
The cleaner the surface of the sidewalk, the longer your design will last and the more vivid it will appear. Be sure to use a brush or broom on the concrete surface before painting it.
Make sure your stencil does not shift while rain paint is being applied by using weights or painter’s tape to hold your stencil in place.
Apply a very thin misting of rain paint from six inches above your target area. Wait five minutes and then apply a second, even thinner misting of paint. When too much paint is applied, it pools up and spreads underneath the stencil design, causing your work to look messy or even illegible. Do not wet your rain paint to reveal until 24 hours after the paint has been applied. Please, watch this tutorial to see the process in action!
Before lifting up your stencil, take a picture in each location your group paints.
Rain paint is temporary, lasting only 2-4 months. However, if your installation needs to be removed before it naturally fades, scrub the area with a wire brush, water, and an eco-friendly cleaning product to remove. For a list of eco-friendly products, visit this website.
Return the stencils and remaining paint on your pre-selected date to the city of Clearwater’s Planning and Development Department, located at 100 S. Myrtle Ave between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you've designed your own stencils, please consider donating them back to the program so that other groups can use them.
Submit photos of the stencils in each location your group painted to Neighborhood Services.
Consider adding your rain art to the global Rainworks map so that other residents can view your art.
Rain Art in the News
Rain art has been featured in several local news stories. Check out the coverage in the links below: