rain works are positive messages and art that appear when it rains to make your gray day a little brighter

How it started:

In 2013, 20-year-old Peregrine Church learned about super-hydrophobic coatings and pursued that knowledge to find an innovative approach to use the material in a powerful way. With help from many along the way, Peregrine was finally able to create a spray that you couldn’t smell, feel or see. In 2014, Peregrine hit the streets of Seattle with a goal “to give people a reason to smile on rainy days.” His art went viral, and in March 2016, his product was launched. Since the launch, rain messages have been popping up at schools, communities and major cities all over the nation to spread a little cheer on the darkest of days!

How to make it:

The first step in making a great rain works design is to create a stencil. Gather a piece of cardboard, a sharpie, and an exacto-knife or scissors. Draw an image of your choosing on the piece of cardboard. It is a good idea to keep it simple because this will make it easier to cut out. Next, grab you exacto-knife and cut out your stencil. Remember that the part you cut out is the image. Once your stencil is finished, find a clean section of concrete and tape it down. Finally, grab a bottle of Rain Works “Invisible Spray” from Rainworks.com ($19.00) and spray away!

Rain works at paly:

Last year, the Social Justice Pathway’s cohort one tried it out for themselves on Paly’s campus to inspire students and spread positive messages. Senior Molly Weitzman, a member of the Pathway, shared her rain works experience on Paly campus. “We chose to do Rain Works on the Paly campus because we thought that on a rainy day, when spirits may be low, it would give people a ray of light, a sentiment that could make them look at the day with a little more happiness.”