Graffiti And Moss Ruin Buildings, But When You Combine Them? Magical.

Graffiti has a bad reputation. It’s true that graffiti was (and is) sometimes used by gang members to mark their territories. However, it is also just as common for artists to showcase their wonderful talents using graffiti.

Isn’t it odd that people hate on the graffiti, which we can craft to make beautiful, but for some reason it’s encouraged for some buildings to be covered in moss? Moss grows in ugly patterns and, if left to its own devices, can destroy the construction of the house. (WHY, moss?)

Some savvy folks found a happy medium between these controversial styles of home defamation appropriately called “Moss Graffiti”. What is it, you ask? It’s what it sounds like:

Cool right? Now here’s how it works:


  • One or two clumps (about a small handful) of moss.
  • 2 cups of buttermilk or yogurt
  • 2 cups of water or beer
  • 1/2 table spoon of sugar

1) Find moss.

The best moss to use isn’t on the kind you find on trees. Gather moss from the sidewalk, pavement, old bricks or abandoned walls.

2) Prepare the moss.

Wash as much as of the soil out of the roots as possible. Then break up the moss in to manageable pieces into a blender.

3) Making moss milk.

Add the buttermilk/yogurt, water/beer and sugar then blend it all together.

4) Pour into a bucket.

Pour it all into a bucket. Mix up a little but not too much. You don’t want to break apart and kill moss cells.

5) Paint.

Dip a paint brush into the bucket and paint onto your favorite surface.

6) Wait.

Check back weekly and sprinkle some water to encourage growth, other than that the rest of the work is up to nature.

Check out what some other graffiti moss artists are doing with their walls.

Moss Graffiti is a safe, environmentally-friendly to traditional spray paint. The next time you want to pull a Banksy, try using moss.