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Moss Graffiti By Anna Garforth: Admire It & Make It

Something about moss has always been intriguing to me. I love the way it looks; the way it feels; how easy it is to pull apart and put back together. I love that it grows in damp, shady spots; that it almost has a mysterious feel to it. So when I found out about this incredible moss graffiti created by UK artist Anna Garforth, I knew I had to share it with you guys. Now, I’m not the hugest graffiti advocate out there, but moss graffiti is something I think I could get down with. Actually, I know I could. Here’s how to make it!

What you need:

Moss mixture

3 handfuls moss
2 cups lukewarm water
2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons water-retention gel (like this one


Spray bottle

What you do:

1. Crumble your moss into a blender.
2. Add in water, buttermilk, and water-retention gel.
3. Pulse the blender until your mixture forms a gel-like substance.
4. Pour the mixture into a bucket and paint it onto a wall outside. Make sure you choose a wall that doesn’t receive much sunlight, as moss grows best in shady areas.
5. Mist your mossed-up wall with water once a week and watch your creation grow!

Moss Graffiti

Moss Graffiti

Moss Graffiti

After seeing how simple it is to do this project, I really want to try it out on my own. My backyard is tiny and shady, so this would be a perfect small space garden idea! I’d love to create inspiring words on the outside wall of my apartment or make some beautiful designs. Have you guys ever made your own moss graffiti? We’d love to hear your tips. :)

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diyearte by L & S -September 11, 2012, 4:36PM

we love it!!!

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Tammy -September 12, 2012, 12:41PM

How cool!! Would love to try this, but is there a way to make the water-retention gel? Or a different thing one can use? Cheers!

Karlee -September 15, 2012, 8:37PM

I love it! Do you think I could put this on some sort of board and mount it on the wall in my entryway? I don’t have any shady outdoor wall space.

Minty -January 29, 2013, 2:58AM

What a delightful idea. Moss is wonderful stuff. Amazing design, too. Inspiring!

Trisa -May 29, 2013, 12:39PM

Does a specific moss work best? I whent to buy some and discovered there are a lot of different kinds.

Gaby -June 11, 2013, 1:54PM

Hello there! What kind of moss do I use? Any kind would work? I have a bunch of Scottish moss.

Lisa -October 21, 2015, 1:03PM

I don’t think this actually works. The graffiti artist you talk about does actually grow moss like a carpet almost, then she cuts out letters and glues them on to walls. This tutorial was tested out in a man vs pin in this video

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