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This tutorial will explain how to create a basic gash using liquid latex.

Here are the materials you will need:

- Brushes
- Toilet paper or tissues
- Q-tips
- Scissors
- Liquid latex (clear, white, or flesh colored)
- Foundation (to match your skin)
- Face paint (colors of your choice)
- Fake blood (I prefer blood paste, also known as coagulated blood)
 
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Step 1: Adding the tissue and latex

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Before you begin, it is always important to know what you want your wound to look like. Have that idea in mind the entire time. I find that if I start an application without a clue of what I'm trying to accomplish, I don't create anything worth noticing.

First, grab your liquid latex and a q-tip. Spread a thin layer of the latex across your skin on the area where you plan to have your gash. Place a piece of tissue over that latex, while it's still wet, and seal the edges off with more latex.

Now you just build up layers of tissue and latex until you get the shape and thickness you want. This was just a quick example, so my shape isn't all that fantastic. Try not to go overboard with how much you plan to leave on the edges, it's harder than you'd think to cover all that up.

Note: Spreading the latex on in several, thin layers makes drying time a lot faster than putting on one thick layer.

Once you have built up to your last layer, make sure you have covered the entire top piece in latex. I do this because once we cut it open, it will have more of a fleshy look, rather than look like torn paper.

Before you move on to the next step (cutting), make sure your latex is completely dry. Using a hair dryer for a minute or so can speed up drying time if necessary.

Step 2: Cutting/Adding more latex

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Once everything is nice and dry, take a pair of scissors and carefully cut a small hole in the latex.

You can continue to cut the rest of your gash, or you can rip it. Cut in any direction/area you want.

After you have made your opening, lay down some more latex and tissue, just to add some texture in the empty spaces. Make sure it is completely dry before painting.

Step 3: Makeup

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Now the fun part!

First, I use my foundation (I recommend cream or cake- liquid just doesn't cut it) to cover up and blend the edges in. Then I get ready to make it gory.

The best way to add depth to your wounds is to use different shades of paints.

I like to add small bits of black in the areas that are supposed to be deeper, and lighter red in the raised areas.
Another helpful product is blood paste (or coagulated blood). It is a very thick (jam-like) fake blood, that helps add a lot of depth to your wounds.

This part is really up to you. It's your image- you create it!

In case you are curious, here are the products I used in this tutorial:

- Face paint ( light/dark red, black): Came in a pack of about 30 colors for $10 at Walmart.
- Fake blood: Got a pint of it at Amazon for about $11
- Blood paste: 1oz jar from Amazon for $4
- Foundation: Maybelline dream matte mousse, Rite-Aid for about $10
- Liquid latex: Mehron (Soft Beige) 9oz  for $14 from Amazon

Also, a great place I have just ordered from is Eddie's Trick Shop! I suggest you check them out if you're wanting to stock up on some supplies. http://www.eddiestrickshop.com/