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Fake Blood Recipe Reference by RockstarVanity Fake Blood Recipe Reference by RockstarVanity
You asked for more horror tutorials - you got 'em!

Who is this tutorial for?
This tutorial is meant to be a starting point for experimentation with the use of fake blood in photography, aimed at people who would like to have a go at making their own fake blood from ingredients that can be easily and cheaply obtained from most supermarkets and grocery stores. While store-bought blood is mentioned, this recipe reference focuses on home-made blood rather than professional-level theatrical or special effects make-up. Go stalk `Battledress and ~Guirnou for that stuff, cause they're awesome and considerably more knowledgeable than me.

Be careful. Srsly.
I shouldn't need to say this, but I'm going to just in case. Whatever you do, don't go pouring crazy substances into your eyes (been there, done that, suffered greatly) or dousing your face or body with anything that isn't supposed to go on skin. Obviously I can't guarantee that you won't be allergic to any or all the substances referred to in this tutorial, so please be careful and if in doubt, do a patch test 48 hours before applying larger amounts of any concoction to your skin.

Got a recipe I haven't mentioned here?
If you make your fake blood using ingredients or methods I haven't mentioned here and you'd like to submit a tutorial about it to dA, please send me a link so I can add your recipe to my Horror Tutorials collection and Horror Resource Guide.

Illustrative images
All illustrative images are from my own gallery. If you want to see more than a little tiny square of each of them, here are the relevant links (in order, from top to bottom):

:bulletblack: The End of the Night 1
:bulletblack: Exodus 7:19
:bulletblack: Vicious Little Whispers
:bulletblack: Grace (shown in colour and monochrome)
:bulletblack: Executionress
:bulletblack: Delicious

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Samie-Seville Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
That is really cool.
SophiaLee Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Thank you for this!
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
You're welcome. I hope it's useful :aww:
Kishaniyami Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm.....I was actually thinking of using ketchup mixed with a bit of water and some food coloring to make it a darker shade. I have a few pictures in my gallery of how it looked. It looked pretty decent but I must say, it smelled bad and tasted worse. Looked very cool anyway. Now I just need to find a cheap alternative that doesn't stink up your nose for three days after.
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Your recipe looks really good. I agree with you about the taste though - corn syrup is a nice alternative to ketchup as a base, and it tastes yummy :)
Kishaniyami Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll have to try corn syrup next time. If I don't have to deal with the smell of ketchup for three days I'm fine! Thanks!
Daddygrim Featured By Owner May 17, 2011   Writer
Thanks!! I can't find the razorblade kiss tutorial, and the barbwire. Keep posting! Artist's like you inspire me
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
:hug: Thank you for the awesome comment. It's much appreciated.
pullingcandy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured in the news article Project Educate: Resources. Thank you for sharing!
basti80 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
nice to read how you do it. Never used your methods
I like to cook the fake blood. I got it frrom a LARP website.
Its a mixture of 3 different juices(beetroot, cherry, orange), cocoa for a more realistic color and starch to make it more viscous. The starch also avert that the color will stay on clothes (however be careful with white wear)

happy cooking :)
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