Eco-Graffiti: Using Moss to Create Artwork

A few weeks ago, I saw this really awesome tutorial on how to grow moss on surfaces like cement and brick to make some very unique, green works of art! To me, nothing says nature like moss, and I think it’d be a great way to incorporate some green into one’s life [shameless plug for an earlier post on the benefits of having some green in one’s life].

What You’ll Need

  • A cheap blender that you don’t plan to use for food
  • 3 cups of moss washed so there’s no soil/debris mixed with it
  • 2 cups of plain yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • (1 dollop of corn syrup optional)
  • A bucket
  • A paintbrush

Blend it all up and then transfer the sludge into a bucket.

Then, just grab your paintbrush and apply it to your surface!

If you spray it with water once a week, you should see your art come to life before your eyes!

Don’t you guys think it would be a super fun adventure to just go out and scavenge for the perfect type of moss for your project? I want to do a project (when the weather gets warmer) where I test different species of moss on surfaces like wood, cardboard, cloth, brick, cement, etc. and vary the amount of sunlight, water, and layers of sludge so I can see how they grow and factor that into the creative process. I’d love to see if moss grows well indoors, which could open the possibility of a living, framed masterpiece!

Here at UVA, Beta Bridge is frequently covered with a fresh layer of paint to spread the word about an event or raise awareness for a cause. But what some well-meaning students don’t realize is that if the bridge is painted before a rain, some of the paint gets into the stormwater, which ends up putting harmful toxins in local streams. How cool would it be if environmental clubs used moss graffiti to publicize events? Granted it’s nowhere near as fast buying a can of paint or printing flyers, but I think it’d capture attention by how unique it looks. A word of caution though, just because it’s natural does not make graffiti any less prohibited in many places. Also, while it looks really hipster and beautiful on brick, over time, moss will compromise the integrity of the wall because it can start breaking up the brick as it grows.


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One Comment Add yours

  1. Jie cao says:

    That’s such brilliant idea to better our living environment!

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