When I made my black rose last week, I wanted to add a simple dramatic effect to the picture. What I had in mind was a single drop of blood on the flower. "How hard can it be, right?", or so I thought. Just a drop of red acrylic paint would work. Yet when I tried that, the paint looked exactly like what it is.....paint! :-( I was bummed and decided to look for help from my buddy, Mr. YouTube.
The first tutorial that I found was this and while the quality of the video leaves a lot to be desired, the instructions were precisely what I was looking for. The explanation was clear and the steps were super easy to follow. Click HERE if you want to watch the video and for those of you who prefer a written step-by-step, this post is for you.
8 tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp cornstarch
1.5 drops blue food coloring
1 tsp + 1/2 tsp red food coloring
In a measuring cup, add the light corn syrup, cocoa powder, and cornstarch. Stir until well-blended.
Add the blue food coloring, followed by the red. Stir.
Once the colors are blended in with the corn syrup mixture, add another 1/2 tsp of red food coloring to brighten the "blood". (The video calls for 1/2 tsp of red dye but I only used about 2-3 drops).
Stir until everything is well-mixed and looks like blood.
That's it! It's so simple, right? Now you can use it to add bloody effects to anything you want.
Use it to creep your kids out...
or scare the crap out of the Hubby...
...or help your favorite childhood doll take revenge on her rival.
Or use it with your papercrafts.
|see THIS video to make a quilled flower|
Here is an additional tip posted by a reader in the Comments below. Thanks, craftopia!