Make your own moss graffiti

After learning about how cool moss graffiti is, I decided to learn how to do it on my own. So, here is what I have learned and I want to share it here.

Instead of using toxic paints and chemicals to paint graffiti on your outer wall, why not try moss? Moss graffiti is a form of wall painting that uses living moss to create an eco-friendly design.

First, plan your project.

First you need to plan your project. Select a wall to paint on that’s somewhat porous where you have permission to do your graffiti. Surfaces that are painted or sealed can sometimes work, although they’re less than ideal. It’s harder to get the moss to grow on these sealed surfaces, and when it does grow it will often damage the paint.

Second, gather your moss.

Moss comes in a variety of species and types. Moss that grows on ground may not always grow well on stone and walls, so find moss that grows on rocks and stones. Once you about a handful, rinse it under cool water to remove as much of the dirt and mud as you can.

Make your “Moss Milkshake”.

In your blender, combine the moss with two cups of buttermilk or unflavored yogurt. Add 2 cups water and ½ tbsp. white sugar. Blend it until it’s completely smooth. If it’s a little too runny, you may want to add a tablespoon or two of white corn syrup to thicken it up.

Paint the Wall!

Some people will simply use a paintbrush and freehand their design on a wall. If you’re looking for something a bit more formal, you can use stencils, but sometimes it takes several applications of moss milk before it really takes off. Depending on the surface you’re using, you might trace your stencil with a ballpoint pen before you begin applying the moss; that should last through at least two applications of moss milk.

Making it Grow

At least once a week, you’ll want to check on your moss graffiti. Spray it with a water bottle to get it growing well. The first few times, you may want to add an extra layer of moss milk to help it thicken up.

For Best Results

Slugs love moss, so moss graffiti works best on surfaces that aren’t on the ground or near the ground. If the slugs start eating at ground level, they’ll climb up to get to the good stuff! For best results, plant your graffiti in the spring or fall in a moist atmosphere with partial sunlight. If you mess up or need to “erase” something, lemon juice or lime juice can be used to kill moss.

As with any forms of graffiti art, you’ll need to make sure you have permission from the property owner before you begin. If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of moss graffiti, it might be best to purchase moss from a nursery or plant store rather than taking it from its wild, natural environment.

Creating The Perfect Work Environment At Home

If you are like me, then you are a freelance designer who does all of their work at home. Personally, I love it and would not have it any other way. You get a whole different type of freedom when you are doing your own thing from home versus having to go into an office where you have a cubicle out like everyone else.

Of course, as great as being a freelance designer from home might be, it is not always great. There are some challenges that come with working from home that you do not experience when you are working for a company in an office with lots of other employees.

Staying motivated is one of the things that is really difficult for me on some days. I think it is because there are a lot of things at home that are distracting that you do not have in a regular office. For instance, if you have any video games at home then you might be tempted to play those instead of getting your work done.

That is why it is important to set up a dedicated place for you to do your work. And it is important that you only do work in this space. Otherwise, you will really mess up your productivity since your brain will think that you can play instead of work when you are sitting at the work space.

Another thing that you have to deal with at home versus working out of a regular office building is other family members who might interrupt you. This is especially common with children. If there are young kids in the home, then you really have to try to teach them that when you are in your work space that you are not to be bothered. It can be challenging to get this point across to them when they are young, so it takes a little bit of extra work. Know that if you stop to play with them once, it will create a pattern in their brains and really mess with your work time.

Noise from family members at home can also be a problem. You will have to ask them to keep the television volume down as well as any other noises. You may even discover that you need to replace some loud appliances that are used regularly so that you do not get interrupted by every day activities, this includes things like looking for things like quiet coffee grinders and cleaning equipment.

And most importantly, choose a work space that has a door. This is the single best way to block out all the outside noises and distractions so that you can stay focused and get all of your design work done. Plus, it is an easy way to prevent the kids from coming up to you while you are trying to work on a project.

Moss Graffiti Is The Coolest Thing Ever!

I know that I might be a bit behind the times here, but I totally just learned about moss graffiti. Have you heard about or see this sort of thing before? It is pretty much the coolest thing that I have ever seen. Really. It is super rad and it has me wanting to get started on my own right away. Of course, I rent an apartment so I am not really sure on how I will make that happen, but I am so going to figure it out.

Meanwhile, if you are completely new to this awesome new (to me) way to be creative, then let me share some of the sweet photos of it that I have managed to find on the web. I hope that you think it is as cool as I do! Cause it is seriously all that I have been looking at and reading about for a couple of days now. I guess you could say that it is my newest artsy obsession.

Anyways, here’s some of those photos…

cool moss graffiti
cool moss graffiti
zebra moss graffiti
zebra moss graffiti
flower moss graffiti
flower moss graffiti
quote moss graffiti
quote moss graffiti