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July 15, 2013

Living Art – Moss Graffiti

Many art forms use living material as inspiration and many could argue that their art is a living form. But can many say their artwork comprises tiny ecosystems within it and is a living, breathing, sustainable outdoor art that that creates beautifully detailed patterns? Artist Anna Garforth has inspired many to follow lead with her clever moss graffiti. Her work is aimed to enrich ‘dilapidated public spaces’. Moss graffiti is an art form that continuously literally grows, as the moss expands the art expands, the concept is quite fascinating and visually appealing.

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Above: Moss Graffiti by Anna Garforth.

Moss graffiti is a fairly new concept and one that apparently isn’t that hard to create yourself. Ever waned to create your own outdoor piece of artwork? Do you have an empty space in your yard or an outdoor wall that could use some moss graffiti? Lets face it some lush green moss graffiti is going to look better than what you and I or the average Joe can do with a spray can! To create your own graffiti moss follow these steps:

Ingredient’s to make moss graffiti:

  • Several handfuls of moss
  • One tub of yoghurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • Blender
  • Plastic pot (with a lid)
  • Water
  • Paint brush


Creating your moss graffiti:

  • You must decide on a wall that you would like your moss graffiti on. With a stencil or freehand transfer the image you would like to cover in moss with chalk or light pencil. Some have used an overhead projector to copy the image they would like to use.
  • Place the moss in a blender. But first try and get as much dirt off the moss as possible. Add the sugar and the yoghurt.
  • Blend the moss to the consistency of a thick shake. This is where you can add some water if it is too thick.
  • Pour the mixture into the plastic pot.
  • With the paintbrush paint the moss onto the wall in the shape or stencil that you want.
  • If there is moss left over, place the lid on the container and keep it in the fridge.

For more on Anna Garforth and her artwork visit her website at: www.annagarforth.co.uk

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