What brand of ink should I use, Comparing Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks to Jacquard Piñata Alcohol Inks

Which brand of alcohol ink is best you ask?  Here is a quick comparison of Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks to Jacquard Piñata Alcohol Inks

I love to play with alcohol inks, and over the next few months I will share some tips, tricks and project using alcohol inks. But one question I get all the time is how do I know which brand is best jacquards Piñata ink or rangers Adirondack ink?

Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink vrs Jacquard Piñata Alcohol Ink

Well to this I say it really is a personal matter. I tend to make my decision based the individual I want to do. The major differences between the brands seem to be in the color pallet, and viscosity (or the fluidness) of the inks. Depending on your project you may want to use the brand that moves faster or slower.

Here is a quick break down with more to come…

Jacquard Piñata comes in 19 colors they are very shinny rich and vibrant, and can be quite bold. Jacquard Piñata ink tends to be a bit thicker and spread less and slower this often allows for less blending and the results can have more of a layered look and may allow for more control of color.

Jacquard Pianta Ink chart

Where as  Ranger’s Adirondack ink comes in over 55 colors they tend to be a very calm rich earthy tones. Ranger is also nice enough to produce 3 packs that offer color pallets that work well together. Ranger Adirondack ink tend to be more fluid and tend to spread more drop to drop this often allows for more blending of colors and more muted effects.

Adirondack ink chart

Adirondack 3 packs of coordinating colorsAdirondack

Adirondack 3 packs of coordinating colorsAdirondack


Hold tight and be on the look out for more ,                                                        comping up tips, tricks and projects using Alcohol inks 

And of course you can find these fun products and more at Linda’s Art Spot.

4 responses to “What brand of ink should I use, Comparing Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks to Jacquard Piñata Alcohol Inks

  1. Margaret Geraci

    Linda – I need your help! I have been unsuccessfully attempting to get a somewhat smooth coverage of Ranger (brown shades) alcohol inks on a gourd I have been painting. When finished with the gourd (after allowing it to try for 4 days), & just before I was going to make some last touch ups, I noticed black paint smudges on the other side of it. I took the smudges off with mineral spirits (black paint smudges are oil paint) which unfortunately took off the alcohol ink underneath the smudges. When mineral spirit section dried, I tried reapplying the alcohol ink “uniformly” with a round cotton pad which seemed to only make streaks, or as I used alcohol ink blender solution to try to get the streaks out; however, everything, EVERYTHING seemed to only push the actual ink completely off of the gourd. I had to either put up with the streaks or put up with an area that barely had any alcohol ink left on it due to my agonizing efforts to match the already blended alcohol ink sections of the gourd. It seemed NOTHING was causing the ink to “blend.” I have a feeling I should not have put the alcohol ink directly onto a sanded/cleaned gourd, and that I should have sprayed a sealer on the gourd first (like Krylon acrylic crystal clear), and then when that would have completely dried, THEN and only then begun applying any type of medium (incl. alcohol inks) onto the gourd. Maybe the sealer would have helped with an even looking dyed/painted coverage of the gourd. Would you please give me your expert advice as soon as you get a moment? Thank you so much! Margaret

    • Well Margaret this is out of my wheelhouse but I have opened this up maybe one of my followers will know how to help. In the mean time I will reach out to the manufacturer to see what they would suggest.

  2. Mary Brautigam

    Hi Linda,
    I’m having a problem with the adirondack alcohol ink. It tends to peel and also if you rub your hand over it after it dries. The ink lifts off some. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. Can you help?

    Thanks. MaryB

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