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Okay, I'm new here, but any help would be so greatly appreciated :)

I'm making an 8X10-inch paper that will have simply a few words written in (fake) blood. I'm going to mail it to a friend, and it'll then be put into a picture frame and hung up by the friend I give it to. I'm not a blood/makeup expert, so I apologize if anything I ask here is of the obvious nature.

The paper I used was a thicker paper, used for oil paints (ARCHES oil paper). As for the blood, I had Cinema Secrets Blood Gel laying around already that a friend had given me, and I liked the look of it, especially because the letters stay looking "wet" even after it has "dried", so I decided to use that. So I made the sign, I wrote the few words onto the page, and I was happy with the thickness of the letters and how they raised up off the paper a bit even after they had "dried". But that night, I read some stuff online, which was basically saying that any fake blood that has a corn syrup base will never really "fully dry". That worried me because (A) this could get messed up in the shipping process if it's not fully dried, and also (B) If it's framed, on a hot summer day in six months, is it possible that the letters could start melting?

I did test it out by pressing my fingers onto the letters the next day, and sure enough, they did smush down a bit, even though they seemed to be "dry", but I guess it'll never fully dry if what I read online is true.

So here's where my question about MOD PODGE comes in. I was reading about it online, basically that it can give stuff such as artwork a "glossy finish". If I were to make my sign, let it dry, and then paint over the letters (but not the entire paper, just the letters) with a coat or two of Mod Podge Gloss, do you think that would protect the bloody letters and prevent any kind of damage from coming to them based off weather or being pressed against something in shipping? And at the same time, it maybe would give it a "glossy/wet" look.

As far as using non-corn syrup based fake bloods, I played around with making some, but I didn't think any of them looked anywhere near as good as the corn syrup based stuff after they dried.
 

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Not sure on the mod podge but here's what I did.

I took the advice from another HF member and used clear Elmer glue (full bottle), McCormick red food coloring (full bottle) and a few drops of blue or green food coloring. Once I got the color I wanted I simply smeared/painted it on. I used several layers allowing to dry in between. I even added black paint to add some dimension. Then i hit it with varnish to add the wet look (and also assure that the food coloring was sealed so as to prevent any possibility of staining).
 

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Here are some of my projects I created using this technique excluding the sheet (that I painted the splatter using craft paint and water). As for the letters I used the same technique only I used paint instead of food coloring but I think the food coloring version would have worked better).

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I use the 'recipe' that pumpkinpie mentioned. It works great and stays wet looking. It also keeps for several months in a well sealed container. It also washes off of skin easily. :)
 

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