My First Moss Graffiti

Making Moss Graffiti

After days of preparation (researching on moss graffiti, collecting necessary ingredients and tools, thinking up a cool graffiti design, etc), I have finally made my first few moss graffiti with some moss slurry.

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Thru some research, I have learned that while certain moss can grow only on soil, some others can grow only on hard surfaces. Since I am making moss graffiti on wood, it is wise to get moss from a hard surface as well. In this case, I have chosen the moss that grows on a slanted wall outside my apartment complex (I actually didn’t notice that there is moss growing on the slant until now… :P).

Making Moss Graffiti Making Moss Graffiti

For more or less, I followed the moss slurry recipe posted in Heavy Petal (thanks to the Modern Gardener for giving me the moss slurry recipe link). I used plain yogurt and beer instead of buttermilk and water. And I used less than 2 cups of each for a thick mixture, so to have the mixture stay on the wood in a shape that I have especially designed for my graffiti.

Making Moss Graffiti Making Moss Graffiti

As an experience, I have made 3 moss graffiti with 3 types of moss mixture. For the first one, I just put a thick layer of the moss slurry on top of the wood. For the second one, I added a layer of ceramic clay on the wood before putting the moss slurry. For the third one, I put a thick layer of moss slurry that was made with moss that grows in soil.

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I dipped a few of my miniaturize furniture into the leftover moss slurry. Then, I poured all the rest into a container.

Making Moss Graffiti

I have placed my moss graffiti in a shady area on my balcony.

So, let’s see what will happen! Can’t wait! :D

8 comments to My First Moss Graffiti

  • Sandy this is so crafty as well. I wonder if this kind of art can be realised here in hot and humid weather. One day I will try. I like your tree shape graffiti. You drew it yourself? Good job!

  • Hi,

    I’m working on my first moss painting right now. I was wondering if one of the three methods you tried out worked better than the others:

    “I have made 3 moss graffiti with 3 types of moss mixture. For the first one, I just put a thick layer of the moss slurry on top of the wood. For the second one, I added a layer of ceramic clay on the wood before putting the moss slurry. For the third one, I put a thick layer of moss slurry that was made with moss that grows in soil.”

    Looking forward to hearing from you!
    Katherine

    • Sandy Sandy

      Katherine,

      Sorry to tell, but I couldn’t grow my moss graffiti as I wanted. I believe that the problem was not the moss slurry, but the constant moist necessary for the moss to propagate and grow properly. To keep my moss graffiti moist, I had kept spraying water on them several times everyday. Yet, the wood boards kept drying up very quickly (especially since it’s in July, right in the very hot summer).
      I definitely want to try to do this again, but only when I figure out a way to keep more moist on the moss graffiti (and yes, when the summer is gone :) ). I hope you have better luck than I did. And it would be wonderful if I could get an update from you later on your moss graffiti ;)

      Cheers!

  • Jerry Whidby

    I have read that some people mix, into the slurry, the absorbent material in diapers. This method provides stored moisture for the moss.

  • Leo Orell

    Realmente buena opción la de anteponer arcilla, he leído que algunos llegan a agregar algodón o telas absorbentes para que que el musgo logre una buena sujeción, el gel absorbente de los pañales resulta bueno aunque si vas a pintar un área grande es muy caro… :S me gusto mucho u articulo espero que sigas así :D

  • Skylar R

    What were the three types of moss you used, do you know what the names for them were? I’m really interested in doing this for a project.

  • Kauline

    Hi! I know this was some time ago, but were you ever able to make the moss paint work? I’m on attempt 3 and really want it to work out!!! I think I’m going to try beer this time instead of buttermilk and it’s going on a wooden board but staying inside. Any tips would be GREATLY appreciated!

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