Moss Graffiti

August 30, 2011

I gasped when I saw this writing made of live moss. Isn’t it amazing? I bet it would grow like crazy here in the-garden-that-is-France. I’m tempted to write something and use one of the gorgeous stone barn walls as a backdrop. What would you write?

Directions:
Put in blender: one can of cheap beer (or 1 1/2 cups buttermilk), a few handfuls of moss, one teaspoon of sugar. Paint on wall and mist daily until it grows.

I wonder how long it takes to grow? Wouldn’t it be fun to grow it for an event — maybe the bride and grooms name for a wedding in your backyard. My mind is spinning!

Created by Anna Garforth. More images of the project here. Directions here. Spotted on Pinterest.

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1 Sonja August 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

You find the coolest things!! I would love to do our family name – how fun!

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2 Design Mom September 1, 2011 at 4:49 am

What a great idea, Sonja!

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3 Lauren@BaylorSays... August 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

What?! That is so awesome. Totally going to try this for a big wedding party we are hosting soon. I’ll report back. :)

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4 Ayme August 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm

It doesn’t always grow, but that is a really cool idea. I hadn’t thought of growing moss in such a way before – I just dumped my mixture in the garden. :)

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5 Marina {Yummy Mummy} August 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Wow, that really is stunning! I’m seeing grafiti inspired fashion everywhere lately too. That wall is very fashion forward ;)

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6 Gandhali August 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

seriously… it’s that easy?!

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7 Design Mom September 1, 2011 at 4:50 am

I’ve never actually grown moss. I’m so curious to see if it’s really that easy.

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8 se7en August 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm

This is simply amazing… I wonder if it would work here in the world of impending heat, maybe I should wait till the Autumn… After longing for Spring for so long!!!

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9 Honeybee August 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I’m in love…not sure that my landlords would be okay with me using the idea at our house though…I wonder how east it is to take off?

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10 Lori August 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Beautiful! I would like to add some to the kids fort out back…

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11 Alix Houghton August 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Ahhhhhh LOVE at first sight. How about a cool arbor design as a backdrop for wedding photos or photo booth.

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12 Jess August 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I love this idea! I wish I had a place to do it in my house!

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13 Whitney August 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm

This is incredible!! So dainty and beautiful. I can’t believe it’s so simple. PS – I just made the beet cake you posted about yesterday. It’s in the oven, smelling delicious. :)

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14 Design Mom September 1, 2011 at 4:50 am

Yum! I hope it was delicious.

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15 Sara August 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Gorgeous!!!!

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16 Zoe - SlowMama August 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Wow, that’s so amazing! Thanks for sharing it. Need to think about what I’d write…

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17 Adventures In Babywearing August 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Beautiful!

Steph

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18 kaela d. August 30, 2011 at 11:09 pm

wow!!!!!!!!

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19 Jet August 31, 2011 at 4:44 am

It looks really cool! it probably takes some time to grow. Moss grows slow….

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20 Malia O. August 31, 2011 at 6:11 am

That is amazing, thanks for sharing!

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21 Susan August 31, 2011 at 7:27 am

I think the family name is a great idea. But I would put my favorite true saying, “There’s no place like home.”

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22 Design Mom September 1, 2011 at 4:51 am

So sweet!

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23 No Drama Momma August 31, 2011 at 7:41 am

Oh, I love that! How fantastic! I wish I could give it a try, but I don’t think it will grow on plastic siding. I need a brick wall!

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24 All Unwound August 31, 2011 at 8:00 am

How in the world did she get such nice letters? Must have used stencils.

I wonder if it would grow on stucco and if it would damage the stucco?

I bet it would leave dark stains there if it ever died.

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25 musinglyme August 31, 2011 at 8:39 am

i loved your posts so much! goes to show all we moms are so much alike in the end! yet so different.trying to do what we do with panache.cheers!

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26 Design Mom September 1, 2011 at 4:51 am

Gosh. Thanks for the kind words!

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27 The BabbyMama August 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

Oh, that is BRILLIANT! Not sure where I’d put it, but I SO want to do it!

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28 Design Mom September 1, 2011 at 4:52 am

That’s exactly how I feel. : )

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29 kelleyn August 31, 2011 at 9:08 am

Now that is my kind of graffetti. Hate all the mess that is all over most walls in Europe.

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30 Everton Terrace August 31, 2011 at 9:10 am

I am so inspired by the creativity of people. Incredible. It would not only NOT grow here in Phoenix, it would dry up and blow away. It’s really hot here right now. If I lived in glorious France, or some such other moss growing place, I would put “seek and ye shall find” I think.

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31 amy August 31, 2011 at 10:44 am

boy would that grow in florida. in no time my house would be covered in moss!

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32 Ivy August 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

This is one of the neatest and innovative things I’ve seen! Thank you for sharing :-)

Cheers~Ivy

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33 Susan August 31, 2011 at 11:26 am

Whoa, amazing!!!

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34 Wanderlust August 31, 2011 at 11:48 am

I absolutely love this. Not sure what I’d write but it would either be about truth or love.

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35 Erin August 31, 2011 at 11:51 am

Despite my design aesthetic always leaning towards uber modern, I completely dig moss. I’ve wondered how people get it to grow so perfectly in between patio stones. I really love the idea of a design out of moss. It’s just too cool. Thanks so much for sharing!

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36 Design Mom September 1, 2011 at 4:52 am

I hear you. There’s just something about moss.

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37 Emilee August 31, 2011 at 11:58 am

I think I read, when I was researching this earlier (but I can’t find the source now), that she actually placed cut moss for this particular moss graffiti installation, rather than using the moss-in-a-blender mixture. It made the edges more distinct.

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38 Design Mom September 1, 2011 at 4:53 am

Good to know!

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39 Katie August 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm

So cool! I have to try that!!

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40 Krystle @ ColorTransformedFamily August 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Oh, wow! That looks so cool. I wish I had a brick wall to do that on. Unfortunately the only brick wall I have is the front of my house. Don’t think the neigbors want to look at that. Such a neat idea though. If you do this I would love to see how it turns out.

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41 Karen M August 31, 2011 at 6:38 pm

So cool! I might try this on a slab of old barn wood to see how it goes. I would be afraid of it staining the growing surface otherwise. Love it, though!

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42 Design Mom September 1, 2011 at 4:53 am

Barn wood would be such a smart place for a test. If you try it, I hope you’ll report. : )

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43 Taylor September 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

I simply ADORE this!

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44 Chrissy September 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

Oooh, moss grows on everything around here in the land of kudzu, and we’re about to move to a house with a big backyard retaining wall. I’m going to paint mossy poetry all over it. Thanks again for sharing!!

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45 Katherine September 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Sooo cool! I’ve made moss with buttermilk (didn’t know beer would work too) and put it in flower pots but writing with it makes this amazing – I’m going to have to try it!

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46 ErinLeigh November 21, 2012 at 4:36 am

oooh! can you remember how long it took for the moss to grow? i’m wanting to do this for my wedding and need an idea of how far in advance i need to prepare it.. any words of wisdom would be appreciated!

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47 Brett September 6, 2011 at 7:41 am

Would be a neat way to display the house number/address.

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48 MeSusan September 7, 2011 at 8:06 am

How inspiring! Definitely a stencil. Do smaller version in bistro-type patio or path

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49 HarmonicMama September 14, 2011 at 6:38 am

We have a large brick wall and lots of moss in our garden. I am sooo tempted to try this in the spring. I wonder what happens over winter? Does your “canvas” get wiped clean?

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50 Joyce Butler March 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm

How do you out line York font. Stinsels ?

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51 Diana June 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Wow! Love it! Sure gets ideas running around in my head.

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52 Roberta June 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

What font was used and did she paint or use cut moss? If it was cut moss, what is that technique?

Thank you

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53 Alexandra July 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I find this soooo brilliant. I personally find the graffiti culture interesting, but bringing moss into the factor is wonderful. I want to do this for an event oneday!

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54 Brooke November 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

that’s so awesome but if your in a rented home. is it easy to take off? Or is a stain left on the wall when you leave?

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