How To Make Moss Graffiti

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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpg Since seeing Anna Garforth's use of moss as graffiti we've been keen to try this at home. Turns out it's a very simple process and we had the perfect wall in the backyard so we gave it a go. Cheap, easy and interesting garden decorations, we'd recommend this to anyone who has the space.

What You Need

Materials:
Moss
Blender
Sugar
Butter Milk
Water
Container
Paint Brush

Instructions

1. Decide on an image and transfer onto the wall in chalk. You could use a stencil or draw freehand. We use an overhead projector and are using the monogram we designed for our wedding.

2. Collect a handful of moss. Once you start looking for it you'll see it everywhere! We found ours under some big shady trees near our house.

3. Wash as much of the dirt and plant matter off the underside of moss as possible.

4. Place the moss into the blender.

5. Add a table spoon or two of sugar and 1/2 cup of butter milk.

6. Blend to the consistency of a thickshake. Add some water if your mixture is too thick.

7. Pour mixture into a container with a lid.

8. Using a paint brush, paint on the moss mixture onto the wall in the shape of your image.

9. Keep the additional moss mixture in the fridge. We've been reapplying the moss mixture every second day and on the alternative day spritzing the area with water.

Additional Notes: After a week we're already starting to see the moss establish itself on the wall. We expect it will be about a month until it's fully established. We'll keep you posted on the progress. Also, try and choose a wall that isn't exposed to long periods of direct sunlight.


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(Images: Image 1 Anna Garforth, images 2-10 Jenny Butler)