Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Recipe for Relieving a Boring Summer Day

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Ask a parent and you'll hear it: the week before school starts is positively lethal. The children are bored with the pool, the neighbors, the toys, the television. But they're anxious about school, too.

We found an art project we'd never heard of: a recipe for moss graffiti. Looks like graffiti, eventually, but it grows bigger and greener and leaves the world more beautiful.

click to enlarge a bull made from moss graffiti
  • a bull made from moss graffiti

Moss Graffiti Mix

1 or 2 clumps of moss

2 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt

2 cups water or beer

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Corn syrup, optional

Wash the moss well to remove all the dirt from its roots. Combine the moss, buttermilk, water and sugar in a blender and puree. If the mixture seems like it will drip from a paintbrush, add enough corn syrup to thicken it to a paint consistency. Apply it to a brick or other wall. Check back weekly to spray the design with water (when it's hot and dry) or apply more moss paint.

We made a batch and painted a bricko block wall with it. If I were to make it again, I'd use half as much beer. That way, it will be thick enough that we won't have to add corn syrup.

One afternoon down, three to go.

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