So I recently came across this new form of urban street art and it literally blew me away. What a way to express yourself artistically and actually help the environment. This could even be considered a form of guerilla gardening.
In this article I am going to show you how to make your own ‘Moss Graffiti’ and show you some amazing examples of this eco-friendly new urban art.disclaimer :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.
You don’t have to be artist, you can start with patterns, shapes or words. (If you can’t be bothered to read through everything scroll right to the bottom to see a simple video explaining everything you need to know)
Things you’ll need:
- A paint brush
- A blender
- 2 cups of buttermilk OR plain yogurt
- 2 cups of water OR beer
- 1/2 tsp of suger
- Corn syrup (optional)
1. 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.
2. Wash the moss to get as much soil out of the roots as possible.
3. Break the moss apart.
Break into manageable pieces. Then place the pieces in the blender.
4. Add all of the ingredients
- Add 2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups of plain yogurt.
- Add 2 cups of water or 2 cups of beer.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and blend until the mixture is completely smooth and slightly thick like paint.
- Add a little corn syrup, a bit at a time if the mixture is too thin. Mix until it’s no longer runny.
5. Pour mixture from the blender to a bucket.
Whizz around but do not liquefy it because the moss cells must stay intact.
6. Applying the moss graffiti.
Use a paintbrush to apply the moss-paint to the surface on which you want 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.
Check your moss graffiti regularly. Depending on your climate, sometimes it takes a while to grow your moss.
Now check out some of these wicked designs from some eco-friendly urban artists. Scroll right to the bottom to see some cool videos!