How to Make Moss Graffiti

As people become more eco-friendly and environmentally aware, the idea of making living, breathing graffiti has become an exciting outlet for graffiti artists. Also called eco-graffiti or green graffiti, moss graffiti replaces spray paint, paint-markers or other such toxic chemicals and paints with a paintbrush and a moss "paint" that can grow on its own. It can also be considered another form of guerrilla gardening. Learn more about this simple technique after the jump.

 
 

EditIngredients

  • One or two clumps (about a small handful) of moss
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
    • You can also substitute with yogurt (vegan yogurt can be used) NOTE: not flavored yogurt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • Corn syrup (optional)
 

 

Part1
EditFinding the moss
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    Gather up as much moss as you can find or buy. Where you gather the moss is important. The kind that grows on trees won't necessarily do well on walls.
    • Gather moss from pavement, damp bricks, cement walkway, etc. Moss from the woods doesn't work as well and should be left in the wild. If there is no moss on the walks and walls where you live, the moss milk probably won't work in that climate.
     
 

 

Part2
EditPreparing the moss
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    Wash the moss to get as much soil out of the roots as possible.
     
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    Break the moss apart. Break into manageable pieces. Then place the pieces in the blender.
     
 

 

Part3
EditMaking moss milk
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    Add the buttermilk/yogurt, water/beer and sugar. Blend the mixture until completely smooth. You'll want it to have a paint-like texture.
    • If the mixture is at a consistency where you feel it will drip, add corn syrup until the consistency you desire is reached.
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    • Alternatively, use one cup of ordinary milk to 1 to 2 tablespoons of moss.
     
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    Pour mixture from the blender to a bucket. Whizz around but do not liquefy it because the moss cells must stay intact.
     
 

 

Part4
EditApplying the moss graffiti
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    Use a paintbrush to apply the moss-paint to the surface on which you wish your design to grow.
     
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    If possible, check back weekly to either spray the design with water (to encourage moss growth, especially if you live in a dry environment) or apply more moss-paint.
     
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    Check your moss graffiti regularly. Depending on your climate, sometimes it takes a while to grow your moss.

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