Introduction: How to Make Moss Graffiti

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.


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)
2 cups of water
1/2 tsp. sugar
Corn syrup (optional)

Step 1:

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Gather up as much moss as you can find or buy.

Step 2:

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

Step 3:

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Break the moss apart into manageable pieces and place in blender.

Step 4:

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Add the buttermilk/yogurt, water/beer and sugar.
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.

Step 5:

Use a paintbrush to apply the moss-paint to the surface on which you wish your design to grow.

Step 6:

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.


Hossein Khorrami . Iran

Comments

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The_HandyMan made it!(author)2013-04-16

How long does it take to grow one layer??

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hosseinkh made it!(author)2013-04-26

a week For Start budding
take to grow one layer
  If the. Environment (Dark or Shadow. - wet - cool - and ...)
2-3 weeks

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KickapooOtoe made it!(author)2014-10-27

These guys say it doesnt work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMfwen84Wmo

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NecrochildK made it!(author)2017-02-16

For one, he did the process in a flawed manner at a number of points. It's doable, you just won't get nearly the results depicted in most of the pin's or DIY's images. Those take a different method.

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Komadin made it!(author)2015-10-27

I haven't tried this yet myself. (soon I will) But notice in the youtube video that they didn't separate the dirt from the moss which I'm pretty sure is one of the main reasons the end product came out the way it did.

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Noodlepie1002 made it!(author)2016-12-08

Could you make a moss wall inside your house?

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CeGarra made it!(author)2016-04-27

Hey so I was wondering how one would go about planting moss in ones hair. This is the closest I was able to find to compare how to go about it.

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MaxxK1 made it!(author)2016-03-09

some of you might be having location problems. Rule #1 with moss. It grows where it likes to grow. They grow by spores broadcast by the wind. They land everywhere but only grow where the conditions are right. So don't try apply this method on walls, stones or trees in an area where you see no moss at all growing. Find an area where you already see some moss growing on the ground or wall. It can be just a small amount of moss which proves the location is probably ok for more moss.

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SantoshS4 made it!(author)2015-08-03

I used Indian Curd, 2 cups of Beer, 1/2 tsp. sugar and 2 handful moss. I am from Indian and it very hot here. I did the same as instructed but its now at all working. Even next day it was dry, i use water for keep it wet but it never grew. Kindly help me out where i am wrong now its totally dead and after 4 weeks there is no sign of moss.

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tammy+schultz made it!(author)2014-10-22

how long does the mixture last in a closed container? or do u have to use it all immediately?

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jramli made it!(author)2014-05-07

how thick should i lather the concoction ?

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Fred+Nava made it!(author)2014-03-05

Hello Guys I decided to try this technique but I’m getting mould (2 days after applying to the surface). Please is it normal?. Thanks! Best regards, Fred. Brazil.

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The_HandyMan made it!(author)2013-04-16

How long does it take to grow one layer??

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hammy123 made it!(author)2013-12-31

a week For Start budding
take to grow one layer
If the. Environment (Dark or Shadow. - wet - cool - and ...)
2-3 weeks

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hosseinkh made it!(author)2013-07-17

you can testing in mixing part beer or vanila if you want realy... I dont testing ifyou can test and get me answer tnx

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Hobo613 made it!(author)2013-07-03

So when does the beer part come in...?

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sepehr1819 made it!(author)2013-07-03

very good!!

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cattibalistic made it!(author)2013-06-01

Can you use vanilla yogurt, or should it be plain?

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Anime+and+The+Beatles made it!(author)2013-03-04

this is amazing! since i have mostly grass and some trees in my yard i have wanted to make a japanese moss/tea garden and this is truly awesome.
we have lots of ducks and geese so a stream might get gunked up and messy (they get lots of poo and dirt in the ponds already) so a moss stream with a small bridge would be so cute with some holly or chrysanthemums growing by it! thank you so much!

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nox1468 made it!(author)2013-02-13

this is great! im definately trying this!

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hosseinkh made it!(author)2013-02-10

it's for you . if You want to look for the living wall

Take a picture if you Design a wall

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blkhawk made it!(author)2013-01-28

I never knew that I could use moss to create art! Very smart, eco-friendly and original Instructable. Great work!

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