For the Neon lovers out there.

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I have a friend who loves neon. It’s like she grew up in the eighties and nineties or something (to clarify, she’s a year younger than I am. I also grew up in the eighties and nineties). So when I found this on MakeKind I knew who was getting one for Christmas.

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So I began my search for a white umbrella, because she also loves all things white. But in the City that Fun Forgot (Ottawa’s nickname), you simply can’t find a plain white umbrella. And to order one online was to pay more in shipping than the umbrella cost to purchase. No sane person does that. So then I thought, why not a clear umbrella, with silver trim (because she also likes silver)? That I could find. And they’re much safer for trundling around in because you can see where you’re going.

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Then I grabbed some neon paint. I used the Martha Stewart multi-surface paint in four neon colours, because it is weather resistant after it cures (it’s the same stuff that we used on the wooden spoons and it’s held up to multiple washings). And then I set up my work surface. I threw a drop cloth across my dining table and over the chairs, creating a little lip I hoped would keep flying paint contained.

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Then I grabbed my brushes and got started. Use a nice stiff paint brush to get good flickage.

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I’d originally planned to do the little splots that you can see in the MakeKind version of the umbrella, but on a clear surface with the background invading they weren’t as obvious, so I went a bit more bold and started throwing streaks at the umbrella for more visual impact.

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You have to be very careful when you do this. I managed to get only one blob of paint on the wall. The dropcloth, however, was liberally speckled. You might also want to wear an apron, as there’s a bit of back-splash.

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I made sure to rotate the umbrella so all the streaks weren’t going in the same direction. This was quite a lot of fun.

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I let the umbrella dry, opened, for 24 hours to ensure the paint wouldn’t transfer somewhere I didn’t want it to go.

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Now it’s in my secret hiding place, waiting for Christmas!

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

23 thoughts on “For the Neon lovers out there.”

  1. You have a creative mind and I really love the splatter design. It was brave of you to do that indoors.

    Be Free,
    Dana Guidera

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    1. I was thinking the exact thing about doing this project indoors. I plan to send the link to my creative love of neon daughter but with the warning: YOU BETTER NOT DO IT INDOORS, πŸ˜‹unless it’s in the garage.

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