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
- 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.