Alex | 20 | Cosplayer
Welcome to the cosplay blog of moriartyisking.
I'm a college student who cosplays in my free time. Brace yourself for a lot of WIP pictures on this blog!
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For fabric it depends on what look you want to go for. For my punk!Moriarty last year I used two or three different colors of red acrylic paint (just the basic bottles that they sell at Walmart or the craft store for less than a dollar). I just mixed those up a bit, took the jacket outside and dabbed the paint onto the parts I wanted fully covered. Then I used my hands mostly to just splatter paint all over the place.
I liked how this jacket turned out, but the blood obviously doesn’t look that much like real blood because it mostly sits on top of the fabric. Also, it was really stiff because acrylic dries hard. Fabric paint would have been more flexible.
For Moran I wanted the blood to look more realistic, so I used three shades of red again and a shade of brown. Then I mixed them with a lot of water to make it runnier. As soon as it hit the fabric it soaked in and looks a little more realistic, though the colors are still bright.
For both I tried to vary the shades of red so the splatters differed a bit, and for both I had the piece on some sort of form so it wasn’t laying flat when I splattered.
And a general thing I found out was that trying to splatter in the same general area/line a few times makes the blood splatter look more natural and not just splattered on there randomly. For the punk!Moriarty jacket specifically I painted the big spots first and then tried to make all of the splatter coming from those general areas.
As for getting it on hands, I would probably just use more of the acrylic paint! I still have splatters all over myself, and once it’s dry it doesn’t really come off of skin unless you rub it pretty well. You might be able to set it with hairspray if you really wanted to seal it in.