What Is Moss Graffiti: How To Make Moss Graffiti

Moss Graffiti
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By Anne Baley

Imagine walking down a city street and, instead of paint tags, you find a spread of creative artwork growing in moss on a wall or building. You’ve found the latest in ecological guerrilla garden art — moss graffiti art. Artists and green taggers create graffiti using moss, which is completely harmless to buildings. These creative artists create a paint-like mixture of moss and other ingredients and paint it on vertical surfaces using stencils or creating art freehand. Learn how to make moss graffiti on your own and you can decorate your home with words of inspiration or your garden wall with plant names and pictures.

Information About Graffiti Using Moss

What is moss graffiti? It’s green and ecological artwork designed to create an emotional response, just like other graffiti, but it doesn’t do any damage to the underlying structures. Making a moss graffiti painting can be much simpler than conventional tagging, since it usually begins with a stencil.

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Make a stencil of your chosen design with stiff poster board. Make it large enough to stand out, but use simplified shapes. When creating art with living plants, the edges of shapes may grow fuzzy, so use large, blocky images.

Mix the moss “paint” in a blender and pour it into a bucket. Hold the stencil up against your chosen wall, or have a helper hold it for you. Use a sponge brush to apply a thick layer of the moss paint to the wall, filling in all the spaces in the stencil. Remove the stencil carefully and allow the moss paint to dry.

Mist the area with clear water and a spray bottle once a week to give the growing plants some moisture. You’ll begin to see greenery in a few weeks, but the complete beauty of your work may not be visible until a month or so has passed.

Moss Graffiti Recipe

In order to create the moss graffiti recipe, you’ll need an ordinary blender. There are a number of different recipes online, but this one creates a nice, thick gel that is easy to apply and that will stick well to both wood and brick surfaces.

Tear up three handfuls of moss and put them in a blender cup. Add 3 cups of water. Top this with 2 tablespoons of water-retention gel, which you can find in gardening stores. Add ½ cup of buttermilk or plain yogurt and place the lid on top.

Mix the ingredients together for two to five minutes, until a thick gel forms. Pour the gel into a bucket and you’re ready to create some green art of your own.

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