Friday, September 14, 2012

Junk Drawer: DIY Zombie Makeup

So that's my first attempt at a putrid zombie wound.  This year will mark the Library's 3rd annual Zombie Fest for teens, and I really wanted to invite a presenter to demonstrate the art of creating the perfect zombie look.  Unfortunately, presenters are expensive, and with my much-appreciated yet tight budget, it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to afford to a professional.  For the last two days I've been watching YouTube videos to try and teach myself.  So not as easy as it looks, especially when you want to do it on a budget and you want to avoid liquid latex less a teen have an allergic reaction (major program goal...avoid hospitals).

What I've learned so far that might be useful for the next librarian attempting to learn a new skill and save some money:
  • Elmers and tacky glue can be used instead of liquid latex
  • Let things dry adequately before moving on to the next step
  • You can use cornstarch and water to create dimension to a wound (DIY Fashion @ about.com)
  • Cheap fake blood can stain
  • Blending is key.  Don't be afraid to use layers of color and mix well
  • Torn pieces of toilet paper on top of the layers of glue can be torn once dried to create the appearance of a wound, just don't use patterned paper
Hopefully I get the hang of it soon and can teach the teens to replicate.  AMC had some great suggestions on their Walking Dead site including dried oatmeal and gelatin.  Curious.

Do you have any suggestions?  Tips?  Tricks?  Please share!

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