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this is just so i can link to this everytime i'm asked about fakebloods.

so;

what kind of blood do you use? artificial, from a store

what store? theatre supply store, you may also try costumes shops or such, but i recommend getting something of good quality, and theatre supply stores sell pro stuff to be used in TV/movies as well. to finns i suggest; H.kuokkasen peruukkiliike it. teatterikujalla rautatieaseman vieressä. hyvä valikoima ja erinomainen palvelu.

what brand? i myself use mostly Kryolan's blood's. the ones i have are
-transparent blood - dark(veinous) and light (arterial)
-special film blood "universal" - dark(veinous) - ok for mouth as it tastes like candy.
-fresh scratch blood effect - very stiff, good for wounds and such
-SP4 (www.movie-magic.de/bk/kr/04014…) very liquid, almost watery, and realistic in that sense. great color too.

see picture;  koti.welho.com/jtapanil/pics/f… it has all of the ones i just listed.

i have also tried Cinema Secrets FX blood, but i'm not too fond of it's blueish tint and thick texture, but it's not 'bad'. it solves with small amounts of water quite well but stains SKIN very fast. however i have managed to get it off from clothes.   
    
how much does it cost? my guess is that it depends on the brand and where u live.

why not real?can i use real? i prefer not real because it smells bad when warm and stains more, also i'm not sure if real blood (like cow's) is healthy to be put in mouth.   it's also illegal to sell in some places like Ontario, Canada, right now. but why not, i've tried it and at least the 'reality' aspect of it is good, it's just fairly thin and thicker tends to look better in photos.

where can i get real blood? from the butcher's or large grocery store's/market's, meat dept, probably frozen. pretty cheap.

what does fake blood taste like? depends on the blood. mine taste bad or candy.

does fake blood wash off from clothes?depends on the blood and material of the clothing. i suggest you try washing any materials right away if you want to get it off. if it's a important to you, ask the store before you buy it, however no company wants to be reliable for ruining clothes so they can't usually quarantee to not stain...  use your common sense and maybe do a test on the inside lining of the fabric before anything else.

why don't you make the blood yourself? know any good recipes? because i am too fuckin lazy. it's also not self evident that self made blood looks real enough.  i think artificial fake bloods are good so it's easy to just buy them, no need to mess around in my kitchen every time i want to take a bloody pic, i rather concentrate in the photos than 'cooking' blood. and so, no i don't have any recipes, nor do i need any. try google or read the comments under this journal if you want to try it yourself.

what if i need big amounts of blood, gets expensive to buy fake huh? i see 3 options,
1. photoshop it, if you have some blood, u can use it as a reference and so forth, takes time to learn i'm sure but costs only time, for reference see my photo 'dead series 3' where a big part of the blood is photoshopped but some is fakeblood.  
2. use real blood, see question earlier
3. if you want 'blood' in bathtub or such, u can use food coloring mixed with water, it'll look real as a liquid, but on skin it's just watery and doesn't have enough color. for reference, in my photo 'you know me as Elisabeth' the model is in a bathtub and i used food coloring on the water.

i'll be adding questions as i encounter them.

thank you for the interest :)

jen
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StrangeAnima Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
For black and white, nothing beats plain old chocolate syrup. In fact, that is one of the main reasons Psycho was shot in black and white instead of color (at the time, fake blood wasn't very realistic in color).
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pepperh2o Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
soysauce+red food coloring

you can eat it too :)
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RedNihao Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for this article :)
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Ryokox Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
I just use acrylic paint :l and lipstick sometimes. gets the job done if you're good.
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Tuulisusi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Kiitosta vinkistä, pitää;pä käydä tarkistamassa tuo kauppa.. :D
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Photographer
;)
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stalker777 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Helpfull indeed =3
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ToraKage-BlackLight Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
:D Thank you for the advice!
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alooper21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
omg, the "real blood" part sounds creapy enough :faint:...
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alooper21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, i meant creepy, sorry... but i'm still :faint:
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MattiMadMatt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
uh there's blood right in your body, no need to buy it ^^
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008   Photographer
im not into that type of stuff... plus it coagulates fast plus i wonder how many photos id take after leaking a liter?
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Grammophon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
hm i make my own fake blood :-D
haha
still good enough for pictures
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008   Photographer
great :) im too lazy to.
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Grammophon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
lol ^^
okay
i think its to expensive^^
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Rubeyz2 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wats the recipe?? can u plz tell me, i wanna no (^_^)
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Grammophon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
Sirup water and red foodcoloring :-)
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Rubeyz2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
awsome thx :D
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Grammophon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
np ^^
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
cooooooooooool! one of my friends will be interested in this!
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AlexandreBoavida Featured By Owner May 6, 2008   Photographer
Thanks for all the info. Now i only have to find a shop that sells it... i think that will be very hard since i live far from some big towns. Anyway, i will try to find and buy it online.

Again thanks for the info and the inspiration from your great work.
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Anime-Angel-of-Gloom Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
Thankyou, this is very helpful ^^

What would be best though for a crying blood effect? Or would it be best just to photoshop int tears?
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008   Photographer
either one of the fake bloods or photoshop. you better be good with PS tho to make it look good...

go to a store where they sell fake bloods and ask the staff what they recommend.
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Anime-Angel-of-Gloom Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
Thanks for your help, im not too good with PS so ill probably go ask at a store ^^
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liftangel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Really good text :clap:
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SinMisericordia21 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my friend :iconthousand-lies: uses fake blood
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AimeeAllen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Hi jen.. I wanted to ask... If I use fake blood what do i should to consider??... Wasn't to transparent?, too liquid.... ??

or it depends of the pic i wan't to take??...


thx =)...

Aimee
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007   Photographer
the brands are different and have different products so it depends on the picture and all...and its a matter of opinion too sometimes. u have to check them out yourself and decide :)
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AimeeAllen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
thx =D!...

I will try to get the fakeblood... I never saw it here in Argentina... but I will try to find it =)


thanks ^^
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agshx Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Aghh, you're so fuckin cool grrl. Love it :w00t!: :w00t:.
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E-L-W Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
I'm taking up photography in two weeks for college, but I hope to do my own stuff along side.

I was wondering if you had some tips for placing fake blood in a photograph. Such as techniques for various types of wounds and such. If you have the time I would appreciate the tip ^_^
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ConvolutedAngel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! This will definatly help with the movie. We couldnt thank you enough.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007   Photographer
:)
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ConvolutedAngel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Woot! This is gonna be the best movie ever!Yay!I honestly couldnt thank you enough. :dance:
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SerenFae Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
I worked at a haunted trail for a couple of years, and our recipe for blood was plain ol' Hershey's chocolate syrup and lots of red food dye. You can add water to it to change it's consistency a bit, like if you want it thinner, but I always liked putting as little water as possible since the thicker stuff created a better gore effect. It even dries kinda like real blood too. :D
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mychemq Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007
Thank you!
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007   Photographer
:)
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CrZyTuRtLeThEiF Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
lol i cant get past that
"why dont you just make your own blood?" CAUSE IM TOO FUKIN LAZY! lol im crakin up
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Ikanaide Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
thanks for posting this :D
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Milady-Alex Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Thats nice advice on how to get some fake blood. My friend always tells me to mix corn syrup and food coloring instead of thumping my husband on the nose. lol
Luckily I don't do bloody pictures all that often ^.^
I've looked at some of yours- they're really interesting.
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x-missworld-x Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
This is very interesting! thanks, its really helpful :D
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WolfSpiritWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
wow lots of blood blood is cool in photos sadly my parents think not :( sooooooo cant draw or take any photos with blood in them
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archsoul1 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
wow it is so awsome that u did this
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007   Photographer
:)
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frozenpandaman Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007   General Artist
how do you get it to say "me links"?
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xBlackDahliax Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007   Digital Artist
about homemade fake blood recipes, if you want any to give out to people i can give you some (i have like 10 including a choclate flavored batch), thats if you want... i'm to poor to go buy fake blood and no one around here sells it unles its halloween... so I make my own
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007   Photographer
no i don't really need recipies, and if i am asked, i can only recommend what i use, but thanks for asking :)
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xBlackDahliax Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007   Digital Artist
np, besides I might post a journal on them myself if i ever get around to it, the fake blood i use is home made
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unconcioussic Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I think that I prefer when u use fake blood than real one
any way u always make a good job darling :clap:
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SouthernDelight Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
You know clear syrup and food coloring makes good fake blood. And the bathtube water with food coloring, wont that tent the color of your skin?
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