Moss graffiti, also called eco-graffiti or green 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. As people become more eco-friendly and environmentally aware, the idea of making living, breathing graffiti has become a more green and creative outlet for graffiti artists. It can also be considered another form of guerrilla gardening.
- 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)
- 2 cups of water (or beer)
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
- Corn syrup (optional)
Gather up as much moss as you can find or buy.
Wash the moss to get as much soil out of the roots as possible.
Break the moss apart into manageable pieces and place in blender.
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.
Use a paintbrush to apply the moss-paint to the surface on which you wish your design to grow.
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.
Moss can also be used as a decorative element indoors.
- Apply your paint in a moist area that receives a moderate amount of sunlight.
- Moss grows best on porous surfaces such as bricks or other stones.
- The best times to plant your graffiti are in the spring or fall, and keeping the moss moist will encourage its growth.
- If for any reason you wish to get rid of the design or parts of the design, spray it with lime juice as this will kill the moss.
- Graffiti art, unless done with a public art permit, is probably not legal in your area. This article does not endorse illegal art, but does suggest that the graffiti can be done in or around your home or with a permit.
- If you’re doing this because it’s the green thing to do, be careful of how you obtain your moss. Please do NOT gather it from public areas. You can buy it from nurseries or online sources who grow it commercially. Not exactly anti-establishment but the right thing to do.
Things You’ll Need
- A paint brush
- A blender
Sources and Citations
- http://heavypetal.ca/archives/2007/04/operation-moss-graffiti/ – Andrea Bellamy. Source of recipe and images.