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07/18/2007 02:27:25 PM · #1
without wishing to give a challenge idea away, can anyone suggest a substance which can be used as a blood substitute for a photo? I think they used chocolate syrup in "Psycho", but I'm looking for something that can be used in colour.
07/18/2007 02:34:06 PM · #2
Costume shops usually sell fake blood.
07/18/2007 02:36:51 PM · #3
If it's smeared, I believe ketchup doesn't work badly. If it's pooled, I think karo syrup with food coloring.
07/18/2007 02:38:51 PM · #4
here is a web site for makeing your own blood

Message edited by author 2007-07-18 14:39:02.
07/18/2007 02:46:24 PM · #5
Just a comment on the use of fake blood. You might find that however creative and well done that it'll score lower.

My 2 cents.
07/18/2007 02:49:42 PM · #6
A real artist would use real blood. Maybe even his/her own. :D
07/18/2007 02:57:02 PM · #7
Originally posted by Mick:

A real artist would use real blood. Maybe even his/her own. :D

HA!

Wasn't there a guy that mixed blood and feces in his paints? Was a huge controversial exhibit in NY if I recall.
07/18/2007 03:02:18 PM · #8
Originally posted by _eug:

Originally posted by Mick:

A real artist would use real blood. Maybe even his/her own. :D

HA!

Wasn't there a guy that mixed blood and feces in his paints? Was a huge controversial exhibit in NY if I recall.


Not to mention I'm sure it smelled like ass.


07/18/2007 03:17:33 PM · #9
The stuff we used for the vampire musical we did in college was made with chocolate syrup, but I don't remember what else was in it. I think corn syrup and food coloring, with cornstarch for thickening. It tasted pretty good. Just remember that real blood is not fire engine red, so you need to mix it with something dark.

Message edited by author 2007-07-18 15:18:55.
07/18/2007 03:23:24 PM · #10
I think the corn syrup-based recipe in the previously-posted link is pretty standard in the film industry.

You could also by some meat, and there will probably be enough blood in the packaging to use for a typical photo ...

Ketchup gets the idea across, but (as mentioned) does not look at all "real" ...

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Message edited by author 2007-07-18 15:27:40.
07/18/2007 03:43:30 PM · #11
I did a photo recently ('The Infected' in my profile) and made up some fake blood for it. The link which was posted earlier was very similar although I missed the water and used Condensed milk instead of flour. It was very tastey! :D Looks really great too I think..

Ceefore
07/18/2007 03:43:31 PM · #12
pomegranate juice works very well, especially dripping from your mouth...yummy.

might try mixing it with cornsyrup to make it thicker.
07/25/2007 10:23:46 AM · #13
If you'll check my Paper Challenge entry, apparently melted red sealing wax makes a very good blood substitute.
07/29/2007 07:14:31 PM · #14
I am one of those Halloween nuts who does a semi-haunted house every year. I personally use the Corn Syrup style. It works best for me.
07/29/2007 07:18:00 PM · #15
For washable blood.
Use thick washing up liquid as the base, red food colouring, a drop of blue food colouring and maybe burnt sugar or coke syrup to darken.
Looks good onstage.

Kev
07/29/2007 09:45:05 PM · #16
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07/29/2007 09:58:43 PM · #17

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I have better pictures from the shoot but this is uploaded already. I used strawberry syrup mixed with chocolate syrup. You got to mess around a bit till you get the color you are lookin for. It turned out really good it tastes awesome as well. And of course it is really cheap to buy....

Message edited by author 2007-07-29 22:00:40.
07/29/2007 10:01:28 PM · #18
Originally posted by kevrobertson:


Looks good onstage.


Which isn't gonna cut it in a photo.
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