Moss Def: Graffiti Eco-Style

So you're a graffiti artist that must leave her mark, but hate inhaling toxic fumes and dodging cops in subways? The Ideas Factory has a recipe for you. Gardeners use a mixture of sugar, beer & moss to encourage moss growth, and eco-artists can use it to make several small pieces or one large piece of graffiti:

  • 1 can of beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Several clumps garden moss
You will also need a plastic container (with lid), a blender and a paintbrush.

To begin the recipe, first of all gather together several clumps of moss (moss can usually be found in moist, shady places) and crumble them into a blender. Then add the beer and sugar and blend just long enough to create a smooth, creamy consistency. Now pour the mixture into a plastic container.

Find a suitable damp and shady wall on to which you can apply your moss milkshake. Paint your chosen design onto the wall (either free-hand or using a stencil). If possible try to return to the area over the following weeks to ensure that the mixture is kept moist. Soon the bits of blended moss should begin to recuperate into a whole rooted plant – maintaining your chosen design before eventually colonizing the whole area.

Thanks to P.S.Sethi for the tip.

[by Justin Thomas]