How To: Paint Moss Designs in Your Garden

Artist Helen Nodding's experiment

The burgeoning art of moss graffiti has made the rounds of the blogosphere in the past (including here on AT), but in honor of DIY month, we wanted to pass on a recipe for trying it out at home. Eco-friendly or no, it still seems strange to paint on other people’s walls, but we love the idea of using this to artistic effect in our own garden. Turns out the instructions for making the “paint” that grows into moss are relatively simple...

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According to Supernaturale, London artist Helen Nodding, inspired by the perseverance of nature reclaiming its space, came up with this method for painting and writing on walls with live moss.

You'll need a can of beer, half a teaspoon of sugar, and several crumbled-up clumps of garden moss (cleaned of dirt and rocks). The recipe entails blending these ingredients in a blender until they achieve a smooth, creamy consistency. This is your "paint"; you can paint your design directly onto a damp and shady wall. During the following weeks, try and keep the area moist if you can (misting it if necessary), and your design will form. Eventually the plant will colonize the whole area, and your design will disappear.

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This seems like a great project for kids, or just for those looking to get a little creative in the garden. Visit Helen Nodding's web site to see more of her projects, including more details of her moss graffiti adventures.

(Via Supernaturale)