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

Step 1: Supplies

I needed an Umbrella bank

shades of purple fabric paint

brushes and an iron

Step 2: 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

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

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

    really can watch the purple rain fall

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    I am dying to know how this worked!

    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.

    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? ;-)

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    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!

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

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    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".....

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

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

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