Category Archives: alcohol inks projects

Lisa M Grogan Snowcap

Using Ranger Snow Cap with Alcohol Inks

24 Jun , 2016,
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Since I started painting with alcohol inks, following Facebook groups on painting with alcohol inks and using Ranger Snow Cap,  I’ve seen some remarkable artwork! Just when I think I am getting the hang of this wild and wonderful medium, I see such superior works that I just want to give up, but ultimately make me realize I’ve simply got a lot of learning and practicing to do. (oh, the fun we will have!)   And I need to acknowledge, as in any endeavor, we all have different styles and levels, all wonderous unto themselves.   I love the supportive groups, for critiques and uplifting moral support.

The three art groups I have joined focus on alcohol inks and water colors, but we are discovering new substrates, encaustic wax, and ways to make our own inks and alcohol ink mixatives. We get exciting results with variations such as metallic blends and Adirondack Snow Cap, an opaque white ink mixative by Ranger.

Below I am showing the work of some friends as well as my own, to show the potential of this art form.  But I also intend to share how I have made some of my creations in alcohol ink with snow cap.

Maybe you’ve seen some of my earlier works in alcohol inks,  (see more on or AI techniques page and how to make your own alcohol inks)  But I’m just getting started using Ranger Snow Cap, so rather than tell you my experience, as I usually do, let me share some of my experienced friends’ works.

Some AI artist love working on ceramic tile others on a slick synthetic paper called YUPO,  while others still experiment on everything from glass to freezer paper, all seeking that perfectly smooth surface where alcohol inks blend and swirl so fluidly and addictively you’ll wonder if you are in some heavenly dreamscape with Robin Williams.

So the beauty of working with mixatives, like Snow Cap is that they aren’t translucent like the inks, they are richer and thicker, and in the case of Snow Cap, quite opaque, so they are ideal for darker surfaces, such as black tile or dark glossy card stock. But when you dilute them with a blending solution, or mix with straight alcohol or other colors, the effects can be angelic, billowy and radiant.   The tiniest bit of mixative goes a long way in softening colors, adding sheen or light. Enjoy these few examples and descriptions of using Ranger Snow cap with alcohol ink paintings. then have fun trying it on your own.

Artist credits and instructions

Erin Barrett Joslyn – Erin uses a lot of Ranger Snowcap In her applications, and especially likes combining Snow Cap with blue for water or sky. It flows more slowly because  it’s a thicker/heavier ink, so needs more working and some blending for more flow. The light speckles here are not Snowcap – but created by flicking a toothbrush bristles dipped in alcohol at the tile.

 Deb Moynihan Lestenkof   Opaque white flower on black.  Thicker application of Snowcap, blown to spread and soften edges with canned air.

Jody Myers  Translucent White floral on black.  Snow Cap can be tricky to use. I found the key is to use it sparingly with rubbing alcohol and canned air to get a better flow and movement. Don’t over spray with the canned air or you lose the light flowing affect. See more from  Crafty Canucks – Jodi Myers

Paula Knudsen Gilbert  Feathers created using Ranger Show Cap on black. Applicator is simply a folded paper towel. Paula notes that Bounty towels make for unique pattern and finer lines. The white and aqua feather uses just a hint of color with alcohol inks after the Snow Cap dries.

Lisa Meldrum Grogan,  Featured AI artist with her HOLLYHOCKS, tissue like flowers. Soft overlay of white snowcap onto AI background, with each layer lightly blown to create wavy edges, petal after glorious petal.

Andrea Voykin Patton, Dove midflight.  Alcohol ink on a ceramic tile . I mixed alcohol ink blending solution with the snowcap to thin it out. Sky is blended Alcohol ink, as well the the pink tinted clouds.  Snowcap was applied to details of the dove. Facebook A-Patton-Fine-Art

For further Snow Cap and alcohol ink instruction you might like to join me in Orange County, CA.  Follow me on Facebook at @InkinglyYours to learn about alcohol ink classes and workshops.  Also broader art/lifestyle focus at:  @HollyArtistAuthor  Or take the self paced online course by Kellie McQuade Chasse.  NOW on SALE!  Kellie has been using AI for over 5 years and is currently the featured artist at the Portland, Maine airport. See previews and details about Kellie’s classes on You Tube.



Buy yourself some YUPO and some inks, set your imagination on fire.  

buy YUPO paper for smooth wet on wet watercolor or alcohol ink painting.


Winn Wellness Series

Day 5, 6 of a flower a day

26 Apr , 2016,
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Winn Wellness Series

Day 5 contribution to my brother Bruce… committed to #paintingandprayer sending a flower a a day (#afloweraday) til he’s home to stay!  Thanks for your support. see more on our initial post and previous “days”.   Please see our shop for a cause  page for purchase and donation options, as well as required legal disclosures.

2×9″ on Yupo paper. HWillner “Pams Perfect Garden”. In dedication to my dear sister in law,  who’s tirelessly cared for my brother through the many years, hundreds of Drs appts, dozens of hospital stays, home care and beyond.

orig (N/A) digital copies, and complementing  triptychs available.  pls inquire or visit our shop for a cause page.  Where you will find a variety of ways to apply the digital art form mugs to mouse pads, totes to t-shirts or simply on canvas All digital art is sent promptly via email, w/o watermark, personal usage rights only.  *Also see Canvas on Demand (official affiliate ad) on side column.  

Thanks for your support. Donations, purchases and any affiliate earnings help with the wellness fight and family flights, as well as continued art therapy.


Day 6 – “Wild Roses” 2×9″ alcohol ink.  Ask about matching triptychs. orig and hi res digital copies available.  HWillner 2016

Day 6 Wild Roses alcohol inks 2x9 HWillner 2016

dark daisy aka Dark Daysey - never give up

DARK DAYSey – Never Give Up

22 Apr , 2016,
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(re) Titled “DARK DAYSey – Never Give Up”

Day 3 ‪#‎afloweraday‬ ‪#‎paintingandprayer‬ 3rd in what I hope to be short series until my brother Bruce is out of the hospital.

I was trying a new (reuse) surface, which absorbs more then the YUPO, but still gives freedom flow .. while my original plan was thwarted by the Alc Ink’s own will, and I was very discouraged.. it got muddy and turned into a large dark blob, but I didn’t give up as I am learning in Alcohol Ink painting, mistakes can be undone and challenges overcome with determination and new vision.  As I, and my family manage grief, pain and fear, my colors and mood are not so cheery.. but end result was worthy.  After much reworking and layering this little ugly duckling rose to the occasion, and came out quite nice, I think.  It carries a simple message that even in dark days we cannot give up. We have not given up, can not and will not, even though the Drs have more than once, only to be surprised at his renewed strength, aided by natural supplements I recommended,  juicing and love of his his sweet wife and immuno therapy. Bruce has overcome all odds before and we must all believe he will again. Prayers, shares and support appreciated for Bruce Winn

Should you see any in the series you like please and want to buy the originals, let me know. The first 3 alcohol ink paintings are now available for sale in digital format to help support the family on both continents. Please visit our temporary shop for a cause page.  

More items for sale will soon be offered for fundraising, unique eclectic bracelets, one of kind UPcycled pendants, AI painted pendants adorned with real Peruvian silver and more art… always more art.  Thank for your support, and return visits and shares as we build out the site.

UPDATE > We have approximately 25 images in the Winn Wellness Series now, most of them still for sale. Will post a gallery as soon as I catch my breath. I was able to get home to spend time with the family during my brother last days. Grateful for those who helped get me home and help with lodging,food and gas via with purchases and donations.  Thanks for your continued support of my art and creative writing… I know it would make him proud.  

Day1 "Wellness Whimsy". a flower a day until the cancer goes away.

A Flower a Day – Life Saving Mission

20 Apr , 2016,
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“Day One Wellness Whimsy” for Bruce Day1 "Wellness Whimsy". a flower a day until the cancer goes away.

I’M ON A MISSION and you can help.
My brother has been fighting for many months, and now again with all his might, to overcome the many issues left behind from being over-radiated in his cancer treatment.  He has been in the hospital as many months on as and off in the last year and half na endured more than one person should bear, but hes miraculously As I write this its been 2 more weeks now in cedar Sinai, and 3 more unexpected surgeries, with mixed results, and complications. He is not out of the woods yet.
Being a half a world away, I feel terrible that I cannot help the family more more and to hold his sweet hand. I will paint flowers and send them digitally to my brother every day until he gets out of the hospital. Its pittance, I know, but I hope several things may come of it >

1. The bright colors will make him smile, albeit it briefly, between lucidity and sedation.
2. I dedicate them to him, which will tell him I am thinking about him and praying for him everyday.
3. it will make him proud of me, and he will see our dear, creative father’s hand in my works as well.
4. These little paintings, handcrafts, gifts and poems I’m creating may be the means for me to earn a ticket back to see him and the rest of my family, soon… and with the grace of God, maybe more.
If you see one you like the or want one of my items, as I post, please let me know ASAP, and consider a donation in kind.
I will turn these works and more into prints and pendants, and other wares, and will soon post them on a new ETSY shop, and probably Smug Mug, for the world to enjoy as well.
Thank you for your visit, and for your kindness to support a budding artist -also a melanoma survivor – and a recovering hero, my big brother.

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. – Luther Burbank


Day 2  newly named “Untamed Sweetness

blue pinks purples in Alcohol ink painting 6×9 on Yupo paper. HWillner

1st 3 images are now for sale as personal use digitals on our shop for a cause page, you’ll find resources to enjoy them on mugs, mousepads, canvas prints to glossies, t-shirts to totes! again thank you for your support.

alcohol ink "untamed sweetness" by Holly Willner. Pleas inquire for hi res digital art or originals for sale to fund the Winn family

petalandprisms slider3 beads and scrapping

Introducing Petals and Prisms

5 Mar , 2016,
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Introducing Petals and Prisms, the ideal site for for all things creative, and feminine.  Our collection is focused in both organic and oppositely otherwise, born out of a love for leafy things and flowers and organic materials,  conversely we love all that glitters, including jewelry, wearables and decor.

Here you will find art inspirations, craft projects and patterns, creative resources, handmade gifts and art apparel ready for purchase.  We genuinely hope you like our artists’ style and boundless creativity and appreciate the giving nature of sharing, teaching and offering items of beauty to the world.

While we’ve made 1000s of projects, paintings and pages over the many years in professional crafting, graphic design, published stamping and photo styling, visual display and teaching, we will have and handful of focus mediums. (HA!  “Focus”… like that’s a real thing for a crazy, crafty, creative!).

We will be covering:

  • papercrafting: stamping, embossing, die cuts and more
  • budget and earth friendly, recycle projects
  • acrylic painting
  • alcohol inks
  • creative and critical thinking
  • letter arts and color theory
  • budget friendly jewelry design: resin projects, found objects, beading,
  • making your own crystals, prisms
  • kid crafts projects

Thanks for your visit. Welcome.