Posted on July 11 2017
This new trend in street art is swiftly taking root in many cities. Creative and 100% eco‑friendly, moss graffiti is a great natural alternative to traditional painted graffiti.
Graffiti paint often contains polluting ingredients that can be harmful to the environment and your health. That’s never an issue with moss graffiti! Since it’s all-natural, it causes no harm to the environment.
Here are a couple of our favourite artists working with this green medium:
Anna Garforth is a multidisciplinary designer based in London. Drawing from the different skills she has developed through her studies and as an artist, Anna captures the aesthetics of nature and uses them to transform the world around us. Her work combines three core skills: illustration, design, and craft.
She travels around the world exhibiting her works while working with major brands, creative agencies, and independent clients in locations such as Hong Kong, the UK, and Holland.
«The King’s Cross Picnic»
The architectural firm Squire & Partners worked with Anna Garfouth to create a mossy tapestry for the London Festival of Architecture. The result is gorgeous! Check out the photos of this impressive mural.
Hayli Alyce Payne
Hayli Alyce is a designer based in Savannah in the Southeastern United States. Creative and compassionate, Hayli dedicates her time to communicating with others in the hopes of learning about and better understanding them. Hayli Alyce feels that being a designer means knowing how to be empathetic.
She earned her BFA in 2009 and is currently working towards her MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Although she has taken an interest in all types of art during her studies, her calling is graphic design, which she sees as a form of design that can be applied to everything. After receiving her BFA, she spent two years working at a small web design firm, an experience that allowed her to develop skills to continue working in the field.
«There’s Hope for the Hopeless»
Hayli Alyce’s intention with this piece was to go beyond the commercial messages we often see displayed on city walls. The goal was to connect with people on a deeper level by sending a message of hope to those who are depressed, suicidal, or on the margins of society.
As Hayli Alyce says, “Hope is so important in life. Without it, we will crumble.”
Now it’s your turn:
If you’d like to try experimenting with moss graffiti and environmentally responsible street art, there are some tricks for making your own. We suggest the following steps for the best results.
What you need:
- Around 400 g of moss (washed and without soil)
- 500 g of butter
- 500 g of yogurt (ideally full-fat)
- 470 ml of water or beer
- 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
- A drop of corn syrup (optional)
- A blender, ideally reserved for this purpose
Once you’ve got the ingredients, the rest is easy. Take a paintbrush, and apply the mixture to the wall. The graffiti works best in a mostly shady area so that the moss can stay slightly moist. The first few weeks are the most important, during which it’s recommended that you keep the moss damp by spraying it with water once every couple days.