Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Something for the weekend...

As Spring seems to be on it's way this weekend we'll be looking at ways of getting our green fingers busy!
We love gardening though as city dwellers we are like many others - without access to a garden -
and so we're always on the look out for alternative ways of getting back in touch with mother earth.  And because we are very much city kids we like to do things a little bit more "urban"!

Moss graffiti is a better alternative to traditional graffiti, though I am a fan I feel that nasty chemicals in paint are not very Eco friendly so that's a big no no for me! Having dabbled in the late 1980's I loved the artistic freedom that came with graffiti. As many artists experiment with new ideas I think this one is definitely one which is open to lots of growth and with any luck it will spread through (boom boom, sorry but it had to be done!) towns and cities adding more greenery, beautiful public wall art and much needed oxygen.

If you'd like to find out how to then follow these easy step by step instructions:
  • One or two clumps (about a small handful) of moss
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
    • You can also substitute with yogurt (vegan yogurt can be used)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • Corn syrup (optional)
1- Gather up as much moss as you can find or buy.

2- Wash the moss to get as much soil out of the roots as possible.

3- Break the moss apart into manageable pieces and place in blender.

4- Add the buttermilk/yogurt, water/beer and sugar. Blend the mixture until completely smooth. You'll want it to have a paint-like texture.

If the mixture is at a consistency where you feel it will drip, add corn syrup until the consistency you desire is reached.

5- Use a paintbrush to apply the moss-paint to the surface on which you wish your design to grow.

6- If possible, check back weekly to either spray the design with water (to encourage moss growth, especially if you live in a dry environment) or apply more moss-paint.

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