Posted by: GreenerGreenGrass | March 22, 2012

How to Make Moss Graffiti

Moss GraffitiToday we have another guest post from Maire Hunter. This is a fun one… Can’t wait to try it myself!

Moss graffiti allows anyone with a blender and a paintbrush to marry nature and art. When you paint moss graffiti onto a building or landscape, you create attractive artwork with an eye-catching design that draws attention and adds style to the space. This eco-friendly alternative to spray paint and chemicals helps you cultivate beauty on almost any outdoor surface.

Follow this recipe to make your own moss graffiti:

  • Crumble three handfuls of moss into a blender.
  • Add two cups of lukewarm water or beer (any kind).
  • Add two cups of buttermilk or plain yogurt.
  • Pulse the blender until the mixture combines into a gel.
  • Pour the finished product into a bucket and strap on your shoes.
  • Use a paintbrush to apply the moss gel to your chosen surface. Mist the moss every week and watch your words or designs grow into a masterpiece.

Moss graffiti makes an environmentally friendly advertising tool. Write your company‚Äôs name on the side of a building, a quotation by someone you admire, replicate your logo, company trademark or create a rendition of the CEO. To advertise a new business or promote land for sale, especially if you’re a start-up with a ‘green’ ideology, consider hosting a moss graffiti contest where prizes are awarded to an artist who is especially inventive with your vision statement or overall message.

The versatility of moss makes it ideal medium for nearly any surface. Cover a brick wall, trellis, barren landscape, gazebo, rock pile, tree (or grove of the same), a junked vehicle or nearly anything you can imagine with moss graffiti. Because its application is with a paintbrush, which is available in a wide variety of sizes, you can add as much or as little detail as you like to outdoor landscaping, draw attention to your artistic abilities and even attract Earth-minded clients when you repurpose something already found in nature.

Maire loves to experiment with vegetarian recipes, spend ‘crafternoons’ with friends and take her Scottish Terrier, Pete, for walks.

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  1. Im doing this as part of my senior project but i have a few questions.. Does it grow if exposed to direct sunligt? or is it better to place the mixture in a damp dry wall/ area? and the last question i read other recepies and saw youtube videos and some mention the use of water retention gel

  2. [...] Our own post (by guest blogger Maire Hunter) about how to make moss graffiti [...]

  3. Does it grow in all climates, how to take care of it for winter? I am going to try this soon. Where do you buy the moss to crumble.
    Could go down to my gully and harvest some, but it is so lovely and it blooms.

    • These are great questions! I’m not sure about winter climates, but I suspect it will go dormant like regular moss. I think harvesting it would work well – it would be cool if the graffiti also bloomed!

  4. This is wonderful, thanks for sharing.

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