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Create images and messages that only appear when wet. Together we can give the world a reason to look forward to rainy days!
Create messages and art that only appear when wet. Together we can give the world a reason to look forward to rainy days!
Create messages and art that only appear when wet. Together we can give the world a reason to look forward to rainy days!
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Rainworks Invisible Spray: Create Rain-Activated Art!

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The Mission: Make the World More Awesome.

Science & Art Coming Together

Rainworks Invisible Spray is a superhydrophobic coating. That means it can make surfaces completely repel water. 

Concrete, wood, and many other surfaces turn dark when they get wet.

By stenciling our superhydrophobic coating onto those surfaces, we've been able to create positive messages and art that only appear when it rains. We call them rainworks. Awesome!

   

What makes Rainworks Invisible Spray special?

Our formula has been developed through rigorous testing, and specifically designed for the purpose of making rainworks. What's that mean?

  • Totally invisible when surface is dry 
    Rainworks Invisible Spray is the only superhydrophobic coating that we have tested that is completely undetectable on a sunny day. You can't see, feel, or smell a difference.
  • Eco-Friendly & Biodegradable
    Once a rainwork is dry, it is completely non-toxic! 
  • Easily Removable 
    Rainworks do not damage the surface they are on, and they can be easily removed using any earth-friendly cleaning product and a little bit of scrubbing.
  • Duration Rainworks generally last 2-4 months (though we have seen them last as long as a year under the right conditions). They are most vivid for the first few weeks, and they gradually grow more subtle over time. 

Coverage

One bottle of Rainworks Invisible Spray can cover up to 15 square feet with 2 coats. (Yes, that means you could cover 30 square feet with 1 coat. You would see the rainwork, but we recommend 2 coats because it lasts much longer.)

The Right Surfaces

Rainworks Invisible Spray works on any absorbent surface, like sidewalk concrete, unsealed wood, stone, cardboard, fabric, and more. If you're not sure if a certain surface will work, just pour some water on it to see if it darkens the surface. The higher the contrast between wet and dry, the better the rainwork will look!

Safety

We believe in being open and up-front about the personal and environmental safety of our product. The spray is a solvent-based formula. Because of the solvent, it is not safe to drink the liquid or inhale the vapor. If the spray gets on your hands, just wash it off. If it is on your hands for too long the most it can do is cause mild skin dryness/irritation. If it gets in your eyes you rinse them thoroughly with water.

Once the formula is sprayed on the ground, the solvent evaporates, leaving only the biodegradable ingredients locked inside the surface, keeping it superhydrophobic, creating the rainwork!

Rainworks, wet or dry, do not make the ground more slippery. There is no change in the texture of the surface whatsoever.

Please note that Rainworks Invisible Spray will not make you invisible.

It began in early 2014 in rainy Seattle, when Peregrine learned what superhydrophobic coatings were. Realizing that using such a coating on a concrete sidewalk could create rain-activated art, he got a grant from the Awesome Foundation to test the idea. Unfortunately, all the available superhydrophobic coatings he could find didn't work well for the idea, because they either wore away too quickly or were visible when dry, which defeated the whole purpose. 

An early test that faded quickly
An early test that faded quickly

Eventually he connected with a materials manufacturer who was able to solve the problem, and we got the perfect formula for rainworks!

That's how it started, and since then we've been creating Rainworks just for fun, to make people's rainy days better! In April 2015, however, a video explaining rainworks went viral. We began receiving countless messages from people all over the world who wanted to create their own. We think that's awesome, and we want to help everyone brighten their rainy days! That's why we've poured ourselves into perfecting this product into something anyone can use, and that's why we're here on Kickstarter, asking for your help.

If we can raise the funds to get distribution up and running, we can get Rainworks Invisible Spray into the hands of artists, makers, teachers, students, and everybody who has a desire to create. Together, we can provide people everywhere a reason to look forward to the rain!

When we first started using this formula, we made a lot of mistakes. We are going to save you all the trouble we went through by producing a set of high-quality tutorials showing you the optimal way to spray, defining the best surfaces, and providing tips and tricks for having the best experience possible making rainworks.

Don't know how to make stencils? No problem. Not only will every bottle of Rainworks Invisible Spray ship with at least one stencil, but we'll also be producing a tutorial showing you how to make elaborate stencils like the ones we've been making for over a year.

The Rainworks Map is a fun component of our vision. Every time we create a rainwork we post its location on the map so rainy-day explorers can go out and find them! We want people all over to be able to find these rainworks that anyone makes. So if you make a rainwork that you want other people to find, send us its precise location and a picture, and as long as it meets our standards (aka does it makes someone's day more awesome?), we'll add it to the official map with you credited as the creator!

Map Restrictions (Remember, the goal is to make someone's day better)

  • We won't post any that are advertisements or promotional (no logos, hashtags, etc. Some exceptions apply. #rainworks is not an exception.)
  • No inappropriate or hurtful content, language, or imagery.

Rewards ship worldwide. Free shipping within the United States!

Here's an estimate of how the money will be spent. If we go beyond our goal, the costs will scale accordingly.

$20,000-$25,000: Creating an industrial quantity of Rainworks Invisible Spray, enough to fulfill all Kickstarter orders and orders beyond the campaign.

$3,000-$6,000: Bottling machine and digital printing equipment.

$3,000-$4,000: Bottle parts and packaging supplies.

$6,000: Shipping out each order (Did we mention the free shipping for supporters within the US?)

$1,000-$4,000: Miscellaneous expenses.

$4,000-$5,000: campaign/order processing fees.

Our estimated timeline is as follows:

August 27th: Launch Kickstarter!

September 20th: Kickstarter ends, wait up to two weeks for funds. Begin creation of industrial quantity of Invisible Spray.

Early October: Order machines, bottling/packaging parts, and equipment. Prepare warehouse for bottling line.

Mid-late October: Machines, bottling packaging parts, and equipment arrive. Begin setting up bottling line

Early November: Break for lunch.

Mid-late November: Industrial quantity of Rainworks Invisible Spray arrives at warehouse, team ready to bottle and ship.

Late November-Early December: Start shipping orders in time for the holidays! (Not to mention the rainy season!)

Thanks for your support!

Risks and challenges

In every project that involves creating and shipping a product, there is the potential for unforeseen delays to occur. Complex machinery needs be ordered and set up properly. Packaging needs to be printed, die-cut, and assembled. Too many orders could be difficult to process quickly. That's why we've partnered with Seattle-based company D.A. International, which has over 25 years of experience developing and distributing products efficiently. Their team has launched over 750 products including 6 Kickstarter/Indigogo campaigns. We've joined with them because we believe that if/when bumps in the road are discovered, they have the competence and experience to keep the project moving forward.

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    You rock, thanks for the support! Anybody who donates $5 or more will automatically get access to our Kickstarter updates. We'll also add your name to the 'thank-you' page on our website!

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    Get yourself a super-fashionable rainworks button!
    You'll have the choice between 3 different designs: Proud to be Rainy, I <3 Rain, and the rainworks logo!

    You will also gain access to our Kickstarter updates and your name will be added to the 'thank you' page on our website!

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    TIME TO CREATE!

    1 bottle of Rainworks Invisible Spray + 1 stencil

    Comes with durable pre-printed stencil material: cut out the printed design or use it to make your own!

    Contains enough spray to cover up to 15 square feet.

    You will be one of the first to get access to our in-depth rainworks tutorial videos.

    You will also gain access to our Kickstarter updates and your name will be added to the 'thank you' page on our website!

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    2 bottles of Rainworks Invisible Spray + 2 stencils!

    Comes with pre-printed stencil material: cut out the printed design or use it to make your own! Also comes with pre-cut, ready-to-use stencil: you will get to choose from a variety of designs!

    Each bottle can cover up to 15 square feet. Go crazy!

    First access to our in-depth rainworks tutorial videos.

    You will also automatically receive updates on the Kickstarter's progress, and your name will be added to the 'thank you' page on our website!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    4 bottles of Invisible Spray + 4 stencils!

    Comes with pre-printed stencil material: cut out the printed design or use it to make your own.
    Also comes with 3 more pre-cut stencils: you will get to choose from a variety of designs!

    Each bottle can cover up to 15 square feet.

    Plus, you will get first access to our in-depth rainworks tutorial videos.

    You will also automatically receive updates on the Kickstarter's progress, and your name will be added to the 'thank you' page on our website!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    CUSTOM STENCIL

    7 bottles of Invisible Spray + 4 standard stencils + your idea turned into a stencil!

    At this tier you get to send us your idea, and we will turn it into a professionally designed, durable, laser-cut stencil. You can request a stencil up to 15 square feet in size!
    *please note we will not make blatant advertisements or hurtful messages

    Also comes with the 4 durable smaller stencils: 3 pre-cut, 1 pre-printed.

    Plus, you will get first access to our in-depth rainworks tutorial videos!

    Each bottle covers up to 15 square feet.

    You will also automatically receive updates on the Kickstarter's progress, and your name will be added to the 'thank you' page on our website!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Private Workshop with Peregrine Church + 7 bottles of Invisible Spray + durable precut stencils + 1 giant custom stencil

    Up to 3 people can attend one workshop. Bring your creative friends and your ideas! We'll be making and installing a giant custom rainwork together!

    You must provide your own transportation to Seattle. You will have the option to have the workshop via video chat.

    Also included with this package is pre-printed material to make your own stencils, and all of our durable pre-cut stencils!

    Plus, you will get first-access to our in-depth rainworks tutorial videos!

    You will also gain access to our Kickstarter updates and your name will be added to the 'thank you' page on our website!

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    THE PATRON

    A 12"x12" stepping stone with a special elaborate rainwork created just for you +
    A handwritten thank-you from Peregrine +
    Signed bottle of Rainworks Invisible Spray +
    Any reward above given to anyone you like +
    Peregrine's personal cell number so you can text him rainwork ideas whenever you want.

    For the backer who just wants to see rainworks succeed and spread around the world.

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    RAINWORKS IN YOUR CITY - The Rainworks team will fly to your city, create rain-activated artwork for your neighborhood to enjoy, and host a (super fun) Rainworks Reveal Event for your community!

    Also, 10 bottles of Invisible Spray + All of our precut stencil designs + Material to make your own stencils + First-access to our tutorial videos + Kickstarter Updates + Thank you page + A high five

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    The Rainworks team will fly to your city and host a live-and-in-person workshop on making Rainworks. You can invite as many people as you want!

    We will also decorate your property with custom Rainworks, and host a live Rainworks Reveal Event for your community.

    Also get 10 bottles of Invisible Spray + 5 copies of each of our precut stencil designs + Material to make your own stencils + First-access to our tutorial videos + Kickstarter Updates + Thank you page + High fives for all attendees

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