For the past few decades, vandalism has slowly been earning a place in the art world, thanks to the rise of street artists like Banksy and the fact that some cities are even encouraging graffiti as a form of public art. Now, young aspiring artists/vandals who have an environmentalist bent can get in on the zeitgeist, too, thanks to moss graffiti. Moss graffiti is exactly what it sounds like: moss, it turns out, is very easy to grow, and if you use a special concoction, you can turn it into a paint which will eventually grow wherever you paint it. Here’s the recipe:

  • 3 cups of moss (just moss – not whatever it was sticking to before)
  • 2 cups of water or beer
  • 2 cups of plain yogurt (or buttermilk)
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar
  • Corn syrup

Basically, you just need to find the moss, and clean it so it’s just moss.

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Then, put it in a blender with the water, yogurt, and sugar, and blend it until it’s totally smooth.

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It should have a paint-like texture, but if you don’t want it to drip, you can add corn syrup until it reaches your desired consistency.

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Then you can paint it in whatever design you want. It will take a few weeks to grow, so you can check in occasionally to spray the moss with water if it needs it or to apply a second coat.

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And voila! With a little artistry and care, you’ve got amazing green art.

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Welcome to the future, vandals.