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Mud Stencils Create Environmentally-Conscious Graffiti

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On October 20, 2009 @ 1:04 pm In Art | 3 Comments

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DIY graffiti [1] doesn’t have to be ugly– it can be thought-provoking, challenging, and perhaps most importantly, temporary. Jesse Graves [2], an artist based in Milwaukee Wisconsin, has harnessed mud [3] as an artistic medium to take his green graffiti [4] to the streets, and he encourages others to do the same.

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Graves’ graffiti, which includes images of bicycles [5], bottles of oil, and cows, uses mud stencils to promote messages of social justice. Why mud? According to Graves, “I use mud or earth because it is a fundamental life-giving substance, logical for my messages.

His process is simple — tape a stencil design behind transparent Mylar, cut the picture out with an X-Acto knife, tape the stencil to a surface, dab mud on the stencil with a sponge, and remove both the tape and the Mylar. It’s so simple, in fact, that budding graffiti artists should have no problem going out and plastering their cities with green messages [6]. So what are you waiting for?

+ Mud Stencils [2]


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URLs in this post:

[1] DIY graffiti: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/11/reverse-graffiti/

[2] Jesse Graves: http://mudstencils.com/

[3] mud: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/11/soil-lamp-is-powered-by-dirt/

[4] green graffiti: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/24/urban-moss-graffiti-by-edina-tokodi/

[5] bicycles: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/05/contortionist-foliding-bike-rolls-up-smaller-than-a-wheel/

[6] green messages: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/23/eco-art-mosstika-gathers-more-moss/

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