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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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tiffbott Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
Hey just wondering does it hurt if u get fake blood in your eyes!!!???!!
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005   Photographer
i haven't tried. probably.
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The-Missing-Fairy Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2005
If you want to make realistic fake blood, all you have to do it get chocolate milk and add a few table spoons of red food dye (depending on the amount of milk you use) and a couple of drops of blue. It's realistic, even in water, and it doesn't taste bad at all!
;)
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2005   Photographer
great, i hope someone notices your comment and finds it sueful :)
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The-Missing-Fairy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005
Not a problem. The good thing about it is that if you use bought, ready-made milk and add the dye, it looks fresh, but if you make it with Milo, because it clumps a bit, so it looks older and like it has begun to clot.
Thanks for replying, by the way, not a lot of people do. :)
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bloody-ravens Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005   Digital Artist
This was great.. .I'll be heading for the theatre shop right away now ;P
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bloody-ravens Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005   Digital Artist
This wa great.. .I'll be heading for the theatre shop right away now ;P
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Kocsmy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
n1
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ajuk Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
What you mean to say you don't use real blood! :spank:
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Jhas777 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005  Professional General Artist
Very Interesting. I'll try those brands.
Just in chase, my recipe is cherry jelly with betabel juice. It looks amazing when coagulated, but not that good as a fluid cuz it coagulates too fast... and you won't get enough time to take nice pictures.
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laisa-ith Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005
whoa. thanks for the blood info....i'll try it sometime...
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DropOutDruggie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
YOU ARE AMAZING...
k.thats it
byebye :)
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m4zi Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005
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shipchan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2005
what do you use for scabs?
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2005   Photographer
if i understand your question correctly ( i checked my dictionary for scabs), i don't use anything because my models don't have scabs, only fresh wounds etc.
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shipchan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005
hummm I guess I mean like the heart in this ([link]) picture. you know that kind of thing.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005   Photographer
hearts can be bought at the meat dept in the grocery store.
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Allice Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005
BLOOD RECIPE


- Regular red food colouring. (about 2 table spoons)
- Sugar (about 1/4 cup)
- Corn Syrup (keep pouring until it's the constancy you like)
- Soya Sauce (this darkens the blood - makes it look thick when pooled)
* Mix in a glass or non-stainable container
* Whatever amount of sugar you use, make sure you dissolve it 100%
* I found that the red food colouring lost it's "staining" power once it sat for about 20 minutes.
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Allice Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005
Fake blood recipe: - Regular red food colouring. (about 2 table spoons)
- Sugar (about 1/4 cup)
- Corn Syrup (keep pouring until it's the constancy you like)
- Soya Sauce (this darkens the blood - makes it look thick when pooled)
* Mix in a glass or non-stainable container
* Whatever amount of sugar you use, make sure you dissolve it 100%
* I found that the red food colouring lost it's "staining" power once it sat for about 20 minutes.
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johnfields Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005
Try Karo syrup add 3 to 1 red food coloring to blue till it's just right!
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Lexicus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
I was screwin' around trying to find a good recipe for fake blood, and I was able to create something pretty good. Mind you, it's not perfect, but it's safe to use in your mouth and even swallow, plus it has the opacity of real blood.

Okay, the ingredients can be bought at any supermarket, and they're all, in fact, food products, and are relatively inexpensive.
WATER
Corn starch
Corn syrup
Red, yellow, blue food dyes.

It's quite simple. Combine the water, corn starch, and a small amount of corn syrup in a bowl. You don't need too much corn syrup, since actual blood isn't really all that thick. Corn starch is a bit more important, because it does a few things. A: It makes the mixture opaque, like actual blood. B: It gives the mixture a slightly stronger surface tension and cohesion factor, closer to that of real blood.

After you've done that, add a lot of red food dye, and some yellow food dye as well, to give it that bloody, red-orange color (Just like real blood.)
Once that's done, add SMALL amounts of blue, until it's just barely got that dark appearance. If it's veinous blood, then add more blue to make it darker.

This is all after screwing around in my kitchen for a while, trying to figure out a good mixture. Yes, I have no life.

Also, while I haven't tried this, you may want to try adding some borax to the mixture. This might make it unsafe to swallow, but it might incease the cohesion and surface tension of the mixture... I've not messed with this yet, so I'm not quite sure, but... Something to look into. If anyone messes with this, be sure to tell me.

-Alex
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brokendancer Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2005  Student Photographer
so dose anybody know of a place to download blood brushes for photoshop?..ive looked all over..cant seem to find any...any advice anybody?
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ladyface Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005
have you looked in the resources menu on here - i am sure there are some
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rusco Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2004  Student
kero brand syrup and a thing of red food coloring makes excellent fake blood. Might be cheaper then the store stuff. (you can see it in action in the old B movie evil dead)
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lost-forever Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004
absolutely amazing photography i haven't seen someone use fake blood that looked so amazing is it hard to get out of your hair and face and such? oh and did you actually stab your tongue with a needle?
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004   Photographer
it's just colored liquid, sure it comes off.

did you read the description of that phot you're asking about?

jen
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lost-forever Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004
no not quite yet i love blood though probably not as much as you :P
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WoundedEffigy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004
just wanted to help....

i used to work at a haunted house and since we used so much blood they taught us how to make our own if we didnt want to buy it....

what you need:
Karo Syrup (corn syrup)
Chocolate Syrup
Red Food Color

you basically just have to eyeball it for the amounts,
but i can give you a guesstimate
(everything was very crude at the house....
we didnt care enought to measure)

for about 1 cup of Karo
add approx. 1 teaspoon of both
chocolate and food color
-adjust to your liking

the chocolate is for darkness
it also makes it yummy!

the downside is that its sticky
and it might stain skin if there isnt any makeup underneath it
(that i wouldnt know because 1. i rarely used it (i had the $ to buy my own)
and 2. i always had makeup on under my blood)
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Monster-Girl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004
A tiny bit of water wouldn't hurt either.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004   Photographer
isn't this the 2nd time your giving me this advice? i don't know if you read from my journal but i want to use artificial fake bloods instead of home made ones. i hope someone finds your recipe useful tho :)

jen
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WoundedEffigy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2004
i read your journal... and this was more for whoever was asking you about blood... i never use the recipe because i too favor theatrical... only after i posted this did i realize that someone else gave you nearly the same recipe... sorry for bothering you

much love and vicious kisses,
Roz
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caddman Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004  Professional General Artist
Jen...:hug:...Just wanted to say you are the greatest and so kind to share with all your thoughts, views and your awesome art...:)

Skot
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eurasianrose86 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
you're so nice and helpful..always sharing things...i really appreciate you! :hug:
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C-D Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
great info =3
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xWolfyx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004   Filmographer
hehe...
A pro at blood.
Intresting...

::Anton
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ezaf8 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
thanks for the FAQ.. i have tryed blood (fake).. but havent used profesional blood (theatre/movie) i then fix up on photoshop.. now i can try the better stuff.. cheers
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unknownsoldier Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
have you ever tried making your own? its really not too hard. all you need is some karo syrup (i think thats how its spelled) which is kind of like corn syrup and you can probably get at the grocery store, and some red, yellow and caramel food coloring to get it to the right color. ive never used store bought blood before, so i cant say if its better than homemade.

fake intestines are easy too: take a condom, fill it with peanut butter and jelly, tie it, and shake it up. it should look just like real if you cover it with blood and shoot it from the right angle so you cant see the ends of the condoms.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004   Photographer
i think i stated in my journal that i personally like artificial fake bloods and do not need recipes. hopefully someone will find yours useful tho, it's a matter of opinion really.

i hope someone will need and find your intestines recipe useful as well.

jen
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unknownsoldier Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
oh sorry
i didnt have time to read all of the journal...i just caught the part about artificial vs. homemade
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FinchyGurl99 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
Thanks! :D
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electricfuneral Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
Damn...that was quite usefull. I was goingto buy animal blood, but seeing that it is now illegal in canada..il have to continue mixing vaseline,cocoa powder, and food coloring together :( Only good for caogulated wounds..damn.
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redbox Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
Wow do I ever feel stupid seeing as I was the one who asked you the question today that finally pushed you to your limit. Sorry. It was very helpful though, and I thank you for it. The crap I was using was $4 fakeblood from Zellers, bought for the purpose of a haloween costume. I did not know that real blood was illegal in Canada, and I live in Canada! Thankyou for the advice though! My school project can finally have its finishing touches.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004   Photographer
no.... i was pushed over my limits long ago, i just updated the journal today, some minor things, but i messet up with the checkbox that said 'don't note watchers' and so it showed up in your watch. i like to this journal almost daily, very useful :nod:

jen
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redbox Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
well, i feel better now that it wasn't just me that bugged you about fakeblood. thanks again.

nadia
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TheTrieckel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
ooo..awesome:nod:
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disintegrator Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
thank u for the informations ;)
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hotpeskychick Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004  Student Artist
hnmmmm....this will help out for something im gonna do at school:D
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pankakan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
ohh very good FAQ ! Thx!
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justblue Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004   Writer
Thanks Jen. Now if I want a gruesome image I wou't have to flirt with karmic or legal jepordy (knowing my luck I would end up bleeding profusely as well and get it all over my cameras. It would be much easier if I was a reproductively viable female, as then I would have a built in supply with a handy swab applicater at arm's reach. Am I getting gruesome enough yet? lol :favlove: :bonk: :boo:
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theghostofwazup Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005
Yeah, that's plenty gruesome. For shame... I just ate :( :puke:
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