Urban Gardens: Growing Moss Art

… dotted by Bekki

“A rolling stone gathers no … ”

I’ve always thought moss was magical.  As a child I imagined it a perfectly plush bed for my dolls, and now as a dignified mature adult I use it as … well … beds for fairy houses I build with my daughter.  Perhaps that is why I am so entranced with the idea of the “growing” genre of eco-art, which has been known to employ my favorite mossy brand of nature’s carpeting.

Photo courtesy of SuperNaturale

I also have a fascination with urban gardening.  One of my favorite parts about Dorchester in the summer, is spying the innovative ways residents transform tiny plots, planters, roofs and concrete jungles, into plush green homages to mother nature.

An Urban Moss Chair

So, Dorchester green-thumbs young and old … why not add some moss to your repertoire?  It turns out there is no magical pixie dust required.  Using a few items from the fridge, one can conjure up a paintable potion and apply it to just about any outdoor surface.  The possibilities are endless!

Moss Art by Anna Garforth

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Ingredients for Moss Paint Recipe

  • One or two clumps (about a small handful) of moss
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
    • You can also substitute with yogurt (vegan yogurt can be used)
  • 2 cups of water (or beer)
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • Corn syrup (optional)
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