Horticulturist's of the past came up with a brilliant recipe to
encourage the growth of moss to age and add interest to their garden
designs, this recipe can be used as an an environmentally friendly
alternative to spray paint.
The success of the recipe itself can be very hit and miss and is very
much dependent upon choosing exactly the right location and weather
conditions; moss thrives in the damp and can most often be found
growing near to a leaky drainpipe or rain-soaked wall. If you have
difficulty finding the right climate in which to grow your moss, grow
it indoors (where it can be frequently spray-misted with water) and
transplant it outdoors as soon as it has begun to grow. This is what I
have done in the example shown in this instructable.
*Several clumps of moss
*1 pot of natural yoghurt or 12oz buttermilk (experiment to see which
*1/2 teaspoon of sugar
*Plastic pot (with a lid)
nb If growing your moss inside you will also need a seed tray
step 1Find some
can often be found growing in damp areas, between the cracks in paving
stones, on drainpipe covers or, in this example, near to a riverbank.
several clumps of moss
Gather several clumps of
moss in a bag and take them to a place where you can easily wash them
step 3Wash the
Carefully clean the moss of
as much mud as possible.
step 4Add the
some of the moss, the buttermilk (or yoghurt) and sugar into a blender
and start to mix. This must be done in small phases as the moss can
easily get caught in the b…
step 5Paint your
your chosen design onto your chosen location or (if growing indoors) on
top of a flattened layer of compost in a seed tray.
step 6Spray mist
that your moss design is kept moist by spray-misting it with water
regularly. After a few weeks the moss should start to re-contitute and
your design outdoors
growing moss indoors transfer it to a suitable location (where it is
likely to be kept damp) outdoors. Return regularly to the location and
see its progress, spray-mist…
As the moss grows it will begin to spread out and the words themselves
will literally spread themselves, in all their green glory, across the
wall and melt into a field of green.
Moss Graffiti Design
gone above and beyond green-washing to create a truly biodegradable and
all natural graffiti. With “Mossenger” she’s created living, breathing,
and sustainable outdoor art. Fashioned from a common moss that thrives
on brick walls, she took a quote from poet Eleanor Stevens, carved the
moss, and glued it to the wall with a mix of totally biodegradable