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Fake Blood Recipe Reference by RockstarVanity Fake Blood Recipe Reference by RockstarVanity
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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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:iconsamie-seville:
Samie-Seville Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
That is really cool.
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SophiaLee Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Thank you for this!
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   Photographer
You're welcome. I hope it's useful :aww:
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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.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011   Photographer
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 :)
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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!
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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
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner May 22, 2011   Photographer
:hug: Thank you for the awesome comment. It's much appreciated.
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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!
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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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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011   Photographer
That recipe sounds awesome! I've never used juices like that to make fake blood but it sounds rather tasty :aww:
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CrossedScythes Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist
great :D gotta try some of those ;)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Photographer
It's always good to play with new blood recipes :evillaugh:
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FoxClaw100 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
You can make edible blood :la:
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010   Photographer
That's the best kind :D
I'm totally coveting that new energy drink that looks like blood and comes in blood bags :eager:
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FoxClaw100 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
must be, lol XD
there is one like that :omg:? where do they sell it XD? Well, in hot topic they sell some fake (or is it?_ blood in a glass bottle and you can cook it and stuff, LOL XD
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znow-white Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Your Tutorial has been included in my Halloween Article for the Resources & Stock image gallery [link]
Thank you for sharing with the community.:iconpumpkinglomp:
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KosuKovu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL!!! This is great!!!
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009   Photographer
Thanks :hug: I hope you find it useful :)
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KosuKovu Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sure it will be. *snickers and glares at my mom* Oh, it will be.
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Heterodyning Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Just wonderful, thank you!
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ChrissieRed Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ahh soo this is how its done!!
I remember monkey twizzle placing random food stuff in his kitchen to put me off the scent of his blood making lol.

Just spotted Simons comment there, will need to get him to cover me in fake blood sometime just for the heck of it ;)

Cx
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animchan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Awesome. Thanks for the info, really helpful. ^^
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XenoPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
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maybe ill do another shot with horror/macabre ;
thanks for featuring me in the daily deviations :heart:
and thanks for this :)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009   Photographer
You're very welcome :hug:
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Simon-P Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll probably never use it, except I never say never, but hey there is no such thing as too much information :D
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archaeobibliologist Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
Very cool. This gives me ideas... :plotting:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
You have a perfect timing - I remembered from the article the mention of chocolate sauce, which I'm going to need to try on Wednesday - I, apparently, get to make it look like a girl was hit by a drunk driver for the High School ~kellin is at... and I have no idea what they have in terms of makeup! I have all of the makeup set, but I only have a bit of fake blood left (Ben Nye, not bad, but very fake!)

Would you think that, perhaps, putting down some chocolate sauce first, and using the bright red blood strategically could help the effect? I must try it out tomorrow...

Thank you for this :glomp:
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SheGotTheShakes Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
THANKYOU!

I've been looking for fake blood recipes for a fair amount of time now, so thanks for putting this up. :hug:
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
I like to use some fake blood to amplify the effects of all the real blood dripping from me:P

Nice work!:clap:
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ExtremeEnigma Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009   Photographer
I used to use a mixture of corn flour and water (just enough to make it a bit thicker) and then red food dye with a bit of blue in it.
It did however, stain skin a little bit, but not for long, a couple of washes with soap got rid of it.

I've never even thought about chocolate sauce, I'll have to try that!
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Lamprea-R Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Cool. Expect spanish translation soon.
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zeldaconnetion Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Student Writer
:clap:

I've also found dark maple syrup with green and red dyes (it's a very hard mixture to get right, and it will be VERY think, likely to stain everything- at least the dyes I used) is an acceptable cheap substitute especially good on light surfaces (For instance: when spilled inside a fridge it looks like someone stuck a pig through the heart lol!)

Also, for you realism nuts like myself, pay attention to the actual consistency and color [changes] of actual blood, I find a small pinprick of blood typically works well, spread over a test surface (something not likely to change the bloods natural color, or a surface close to what you're going to be working with) and observe the changes, blood in very light doses spread out (a hand print for instance) would be orange-yellow in light doses, beat red to light read in medium and heavy doses. Whereas something like a concentrated single blood drop would be darker, as it is more condensed.
And be sure to remember the policy on use of real blood - It's a no-no in the actual photography and for your sake and mine, be smart about it if you're going to use actual blood for a realism test. However, if you're squeamish and don't want to prick a finger or don't have access to sterilized needles (ALWAYS STERILIZE) you can use animal blood (typically available from local butchers, pigs blood could work- never used it myself) and again, DeviantART policy tells us use of animal blood IS allowed for the actual photography stage (at least last time I checked), in case you don't want to get all messy with making the fake stuff.

:salute: Just my contribution.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009   Photographer
You should turn that comment into a tutorial. Not that I'm trying to pressurise people into writing cool tutorials... ;P
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zeldaconnetion Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Student Writer
hahaha. No of course not, because that would be too ethical. :paranoid:

Not much else to add that would turn it into a tutorial, except perhaps pretty pictures and further explanation. On second thought, hrrrrmmm.


lol cheers.
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AngelRedFlame Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this! It's very helpful. :)
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Xerces Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
handy =D nice idea, hun!
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sinagtala Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
we use milk chocolate once ^_^ red liqiud food color with some few drops of green ^_^ looks good especialy with some sticky marmallows sticking to the skin...(I never tried eating marshmallow after that).
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DraculeaRiccy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional
using chocolate as fake blood! haha, that's awesome...and tasty :D
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Hi-Gloss Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
Awesome, thank you for this!
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SaraMiller Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
mmm, this reminds me of the food dye we used- yum yum!! ;) xxx
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009   Photographer
That stuff looked awesome but tasted so evil! I'm still impressed that you managed not to throw up.
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SaraMiller Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
I kinda liked it!! I'm a strange child...!! xxx
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:iconakuiblis:
akuiblis Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
i use food dye,milk,n sugar to make it :D
maybe it help lil bit :D
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009   Photographer
I've never tried using milk before. If you ever feel like making a tutorial for your own blood recipe, please send me a link so I can collect it in my Horror Photography Tutorials collection :)
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akuiblis Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
ow..okay..hihi..maybe i'll try to make tutorial or something :D
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:iconfiggs:
Figgs Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
Very interesting. I prefer to add a touch of pink to intensify things...
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009   Photographer
Yep, me too. I suggested adding a little pink and a drop of blue for depth :)
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