Painting With Moss: Tagging Gone Green

Example of moss painting, by Carly Schmitt

A beautiful example of moss painting, by Carly Schmitt

As the warmth approaches us, despite Punxsutawney Phil’s ominous prediction, we’ll inevitably be in search of fun things to do. Well, look no further than moss paint, which I would totally never condone anyone use where someone might make use of spray paint. Although I haven’t given this a go, it appears just as easy to create with as any other paint. Luckily, the internet is full of tutorials to help you make this fascinating organic paint. From what I can gather, this process isn’t very new, but it’s certainly new to me.

Carly Schmitt appears to be using a technique which involves applying moss that has already been grown to the desired medium (which is typically wood or rough concrete), but the result is very similar to painting the mossy mixture on a wall. Toronto-based illustrator Jennifer Ilett has a piece which depicts moss paint being used among traditional paint.

The idea of using a living organism as paint is highly fascinating. It presents a more palatable option to those who don’t care for the harmful chemicals used in spray paint. Moss paint is so harmful indeed it can be used indoors to create some very interesting wall art.

Indoor moss wall in an office space

Indoor moss wall in an office space

Luckily for the less crafty among us, putting this concoction together doesn’t appear to be all that difficult. In closing, I will leave you with this handy infographic on how to make your own moss paint. Do with this information what you will, and try not to let your green thumb land you behind bars!



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