MOSS GRAFFITI: RECIPE FOR “LIVING ART”

 

moss graffiti faceSave the planet from toxic paint spray chemicals. Use this environmentally friendly medium for artistic expression. Unique street art brushed with moss on concrete walls, rocks, or brick. 

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.

How to Make Moss Graffiti

Ingredients

  • 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)

Make Moss Graffiti Step 1

1. Collect or buy 3 cups of moss. Rinse, rinse, rinse out the dirt and dry.

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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.

2. Break moss into small pieces by using an old blender

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Wash the moss to get as much soil out of the roots as possible.

3. Add 2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups of plain yogurt.

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4. Add 2 cups of water or 2 cups of beer.

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5. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and blend until the mixture is completely smooth and slightly thick like paint.

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6. Add a little corn syrup, a bit at a time if the mixture is too thin. Mix until it’s no longer runny.

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7. Pour mixture into a bucket and get a paint brush.

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Whizz around but do not liquefy it because the moss cells must stay intact.

8. Paint your design on a wall (and look out for cops just in case).

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9. Moisten your eco-friendly graffiti regularly with a spray bottle filled with water to make sure the moss grows.

 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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10. Revitalize an entire wall.

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11. Or let your imagination just go…

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12. And go…

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13. And go!

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Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Moss-Graffiti

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