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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.  https://www.facebook.com/debscreativepaws

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. http://lisa-grogan.pixels.com/index.html

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!  www.kelliechassefineart.com  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.