Today on my way to work I looked at the cloudy sky and decided to paint a "Purple Rain Umbrella"

Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies

I needed an Umbrella bank

shades of purple fabric paint

brushes and an iron

Step 2: Painting

Picture of Painting

I opened the umbrella and painted cloud like images on the inside.

when dry I ironed the panels to heat set the fabric paint. I used a dry setting for nylon.

Step 3: When It Is Finished

Picture of When It Is Finished

The cool thing is the umbrella looks great weather you are under it looking up or outside looking in.


shayloco342 (author)2016-05-04

This is a very nice idea!..Gave me the thought of using color changing fabric

really can watch the purple rain fall

KerryB18 (author)shayloco3422016-05-10

I am dying to know how this worked!

shayloco342 (author)KerryB182016-05-11

Unfortunately finding a source for the Hydrochromic ink is not very easy. The only source of a small quantity I was able to find was a site in the UK for £8.99 for 25ml.(about $13 US) and they do not ship outside of the UK. Also I have learned the idea of a color changing umbrella is already out on the market but I do like the idea of possibly designing and creating your own umbrellas, clothing or what ever but I cannot commit the funds to purchase the amounts dealers sell. Also time is a big factor.. lots of projects so little time.

me too!

Hmmmmmm, try it and please post the results!

rorywquin (author)2016-05-08

Nice - a cover to protect you from rain is an "umbrella" no need for the word "rain". A shade to protect you from sun is a parasol? ;-)

Thanks for the clarification, however, it isn't necessary. I was making a reference to PRINCE.

Ah good one. I'm not much into the lives and deaths of celebrates so missed the reference!

Neepha (author)2016-05-04

Sweet! That would cheer me up on a rainy day.

Susan Cirigliano (author)Neepha2016-05-06


Lisa Arbolino (author)2016-05-03

PERFECT..... Haven't been able to find a purple umbrella... This one fits the bill perfectly and it's so easy to put together that I can actually do it by myself.... Love it and can't wait to use my very unique "Purple Rain Umbrella".....

awesome!!!! I hope you post photos of your umbrella!

xxlauraxx (author)2016-05-03

Great idea! And you look so happy under it. I'm sure you and your umbrella brighten people's day when you walk by.

Thank you!!!!

ediestel (author)2016-05-03



tinaciousz (author)2016-05-03

That turned out so well. I love the watercolor effect and love Prince, too. <3

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Bio: I am an artist living and teaching ART in NYC for over 30 years, and I am a CZT, Certified Zentangle Teacher. I love to ... More »
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