Graphic Chemical & Ink Company is a world leader in the fine art field of printmaking. We manufacture our own time-tested inks for etching, litho and relief printing, as well as sell screen print inks, papers, tools, chemistry, plates and supplies for all of a printmaker's needs

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I have worked for Graphic Chemical & Ink Company since 1968 - with a brief hiatus(almost 4 years) to travel the World courtesy of my uncle. Sadly it turns out it was my Uncle Sam, and I wasn't too thrilled about the places that he chose to send me. My wife and I have run Graphic Chemical for many years, and have enjoyed the travel that comes with the position. We get to meet our customers (and the occasional vendor) from all over the World

Thursday, August 04, 2005


From time to time, a customer question creates one of those "aha" moments. Recently, a new customer wrote in to our Discussion Forum ( with a question about printing on black T-shirts. The color was just being sucked in to the shirt and losing any vibrancy that it might have had.

I know how to handle a situation like that in intaglio, litho or relief printing, but screen printing isn't my strongest suit. So I started looking through my notes, and - shazaam! - there was the answer big as life.

Speedball has introduced a new Opaque Fabric line that is designed to deal with that very problem. For the faint of heart, they have introduced an all inclusive Super Value Opaque Fabric Screen Printing Kit. I'd love to shorten that, but can you imagine the acronym ? The kit contains a 10 x 14" screen frame, three jars of ink in pearlescent colors (Silver, Raspberry, and Blue Topaz), Screen Filler, Drawing Fluid, Photo Emulsion, Sensitizer and Remover, a round brush, and, of course, an instruction booklet.

Each of these items is available separately and additional ink colors include:
Black Pearl, Pearly White, Amethyst, Sherbet, Emerald, Citrine and Gold. If you have any questions about this, please let us know.


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