Water Activated Hidden Art

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Introduction: Water Activated Hidden Art

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Easy and fun art project for paved backyard or walkway. Using a stencil and a water resistant spray coating, you can make designs that will appear when it rains or you wet them.

Step 1: Materials

Stencil

Waterproofing spray sealer

Masking tape

newspaper

Step 2: Set Up Stencil and Mask Surrounding Area

This will make sure you have a crisp image and to accidental over spray that can mark the surrounding area.

Step 3: Spray According to Directions and Let Dry

Step 4: Remove Stencil, Splash Some Water and Enjoy!

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    31 Discussions

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    MooseForest
    MooseForest

    Question 2 years ago

    Do you know how long it stays?

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    pizzidave
    pizzidave

    Answer 2 years ago

    It depends on the product used and the elements it is exposed to. I have some that lasted a couple of years before losing detail.

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    MooseForest
    MooseForest

    Question 2 years ago

    Is it completely invisible while dry?

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    pizzidave
    pizzidave

    Answer 2 years ago

    Yes, I have trouble remembering where they are sometimes.

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    MooseForest
    MooseForest

    2 years ago

    This is really neat! Nice usage of Never Wet! that would be cool at the stairs near a pool or beach!

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    chuckr44
    chuckr44

    2 years ago

    Neat! I just got this stuff at the Dollar Tree and will try it out!

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    Elaina M
    Elaina M

    Question 2 years ago

    Really love this concept. What does the pavement look like when it's dry? Can you see any distinction between where you have used the Waterproofing spray sealer and the raw pavement?

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    pizzidave
    pizzidave

    Answer 2 years ago

    Here you go! I have been doing one design every week, due to my schedule. The star was done three weeks ago, the shell two weeks ago, and the sand dollar this week. You see that the design blends into the surface in couple of weeks and continues to resist water.

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    Elaina M
    Elaina M

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for the pictures! They fade really well and are practically undetectable if you weren't looking for it.

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    pizzidave
    pizzidave

    Answer 2 years ago

    It looks a little faint. It takes about a week for the sun to fade the spray a bit so there is no distinction. It has been rainy, I will post a dry picture when we have a good sunny day.

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    SophiaT22
    SophiaT22

    Question 2 years ago on Step 4

    Would this be visible on a lighter/concrete surface? If not, does anyone have recommendations for darkening rhe pigment without compromising the "invisibility"? Thanks!

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    pizzidave
    pizzidave

    Answer 2 years ago

    Yes it will. The water will darken the concrete to reveal the art.

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    SophiaT22
    SophiaT22

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you!

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    zimitt
    zimitt

    Answer 2 years ago

    I'm pretty sure, it would work on light concrete, as long as it turns darker when it's wet. The image stays the colour it was when dry.

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    SophiaT22
    SophiaT22

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you!

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    MTKapp27
    MTKapp27

    Question 2 years ago

    Is this permanent?

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    chefspenser
    chefspenser

    Answer 2 years ago

    No, eventually with time it will fade or you could excellerate the process probably scrubbing with soap & water.