Living Moss Graffiti
Make Eco-Graffiti on Your Fence
Graffiti or eco-graffiti can change your attitude to this kind of art. Instead of spraying harmful chemicals, graffiti artists use biodegradable ingredients in their works: moss, buttermilk, sugar, yogurt, etc. Besides moss after application to the surface continues to grow and lives obtained and green installations.
For many people, graffiti has much negative associations. It is generally illegal. For the most miserable part of the images are vulgar and tasteless. Moreover, it is defacing city property. Then it is quite expensive and very difficult to remove the consequences of such creativity. In general, young graffiti artists tarnished a bit the reputation as a graffiti paints, in particular, and street art in general. Nevertheless, there are, fortunately, the artists whose personality is reflected precisely in graffiti. However, their work adorn our gray and the same type of urban landscapes.
Eco-graffiti originally appeared as a form of guerrilla gardening in the 1970s. People have found a way to refresh the gray and dusty streets and to be closer to the earth and to nature. It replaces spray paint, paint-markers or other 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.
Choosing the Right Spot
Areas that are exposed to the sun throughout the day are not conducive for moss growth. Moss needs some amount of sunlight in order to survive. Because moss is technically a plant, the area also needs to be moist enough to allow the moss access to sufficient water to grow. A wall inside the house may also be used as long as it satisfies these criteria. If the spot does not receive light from the sun, one or more light bulbs may be used to simulate sunlight.
Try Your Own Graffiti
Would you like to make your own eco- graffiti? Nothing could be easier.
- Two handfuls of moss
- Two cups of buttermilk. Buttermilk, in common “oiler”, a low-fat cream, which is a by -product of churning butter. Buttermilk in skimmed milk and contains not less than 0.5% fat and protein, lactose, vitamins, mineral salts, and lecithin. If you cannot buy buttermilk, you can substitute yogurt or milk, which turned sour by adding lemon or vinegar.
- Two cups of water
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Corn syrup (optional)
- Collect as much moss as you can find or buy.
- Wash the moss so that the land remained in the roots.
- Place the cleaned moss in a blender.
- Add the buttermilk, yogurt, water, beer and sugar.
- Whisk the mixture until smooth. Approximately the same thickness as the paint. Make sure that it has no lumps. If the mixture is too liquid, add corn syrup.
- Use a brush to apply the mixture to the surface where you want your graffiti.
- A week later, you can check the result and do not forget to spray once a week your moss to be better sprouted. Especially if you live in a dry climate. Remember that moss loves the coolness and humidity.
- This should take into account when choosing a place where you are going to put the eco-graffiti.