I want to paint blood-splat­tered walls. Do you have any tips?

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Cormac Maguire, US

Damian replies

The key as­pects to con­sider when paint­ing blood are its translu­cency, hue and tex­ture. Ini­tially, fresh blood will be runny, translu­cent and shiny. As it dries out on a sur­face it be­comes more opaque, more con­gealed and more matt in na­ture. Its colour changes from red to a deeper, darker yel­low-brown.

I find that paint­ing blood on its own layer with the blend­ing mode set to Mul­ti­ply is a great way to sim­u­late blood’s translu­cent qual­i­ties. Layer ef­fects give the blood the il­lu­sion of be­ing 3D. In the ar­eas I want to rep­re­sent as be­ing older, I paint in a layer set to Nor­mal blend­ing mode and use a darker, yel­lower hue. I then put both of th­ese lay­ers in a group and at­tach a layer mask to the group. Paint­ing in the mask, I can dif­fer­en­ti­ate the tex­ture, mak­ing it more spotty and runny in wet ar­eas, and more craggy in dry ones.

Make sure the blood is fluid and bright where it’s wet, and craggy

and dark where it’s dry­ing. Put your Wet blood on a Mul­ti­ply layer with an In­ner Glow layer ef­fect, then set the In­ner Glow’s blend mode to Mul­ti­ply. Set the colour to red.

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