If you’d like wall art without the use of paint, or to make a fashionably creative work of green wall art, consider using moss! Believe it or not, you can grow your own moss on a wall—and because you’ll paint it on, you can shape your moss into any design you’d like. From imagery to a stenciled message, or even just a splattered faux-aged look, painting moss is easy!
So how does it work? To grow moss, you’ll have to take existing moss and simply break it up into a paste. You’ll then paint the paste onto the surface you want to cover, and soon the moss will grow!
Tools and Ingredients
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
- Corn syrup
- A handful of moss, of course!
- A blender
- A bucket or container
How to Make Moss Paste
- Wash the moss roots to remove the soil caked on.
- Break up your washed moss, and then put it in a blender.
- Add your other ingredients: the water, buttermilk (or yogurt) and corn syrup for thickening. Note that adding corn syrup is optional.
- Blend your mixture, and then pour in a container for your paste.
- Your paste is done! Dip in a brush and get going!
Some Extra Tips
After painting, spray some water on the “graffiti” to encourage growth of the moss. If you’re going for a specific design, stencils are a great way to get the shape you’re looking for.