How to Make Moss Paint

Moss is one of those things that I just can’t get enough of. I love the stuff. In my dream home it will have moss growing in between the cobble stones on the pathway which leads into the internal garden… oh, I dream big. I have seen moss graffiti popping up on Pinterest and decided to give it a go today using the Havven logo on a scrap piece of plywood.

I have altered the American recipe that I found as I didn’t have sugar syrup or buttermilk on hand, my recipe is much simpler and should work exactly the same.

How to Make Moss Paint

First you must source your moss, ideally you want to find it around the area you wish to paint, as that tells you that is the correct environment and your moss will grow. I found my moss growing on the edge of the concrete at the entrance of our backyard shed so, with a fork I removed as much as in a zip lock bag.

I then took the bag inside and brushed off as much of the dirt and debris from the back of moss.

How to make moss paint with

In a blender add:

  • 3 clumps (a small handful) of clean moss
  • 1 cup water or beer
  • 1 cup natural yoghurt (can use milk or condensed milk as another alternative)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


Blend until just combined, you want the moss cell structure to be in tact so don’t liquify it. Add more yoghurt if you find it too runny. I ran out and got around this by pouring the mixture into a beetroot straining container.

Paint with your green smoothie what ever your heart desires. I brushed the mixture on using a paint brush a few times till the mixture was fairly consistent on the board.

How to make moss paint with

Works best on porous surfaces like brick, clay, concrete and stones. Keep your moss is a damp place with moderate sunlight, not direct. If need be you can spray your moss mixture with water weekly to give it a leg up. Check back weekly, you should see the first growth in 1-2 weeks.

Don’t want the moss anymore? Spraying lime juice will kill the moss.


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