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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

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


A few weeks ago, I attended a workshop put on by Robert Adam and Carol Robertson, a pair of Scottish printmakers with a winning style. Robert and Carol have collaborated to write Screenprinting - the complete water-based system, published by Thames and Hudson, and available from Graphic Chemical & Ink (prod. no. 70740 - $24.95).

Unfortunately, like many books written outside the U.S., they have focused on suppliers in Europe, although a handful of U.S. sources are listed. Despite the fact that Graphic Chemical is one of just two Lascaux distributors in the U.S., they fail to mention us in any of their sourcing information. Oh well, that's just the way it goes - I may feel like the poor step-child, but we'll get over it. Hopefully in the next edition.

The book is actually quite well written. It focuses on both the historical perspective, and the how-to aspect of screen printing using water based materials. From screen preparation to reclaiming the screen Robert and Carol really give a hands on discussion that can benefit every screen printer from the rank amateur to the seasoned professional.

With clear step-by-step instructions and 265 illustrations, most in full color, this book explains and describes all the methods and materials that replace traditional toxic screenprinting systems, covering every stage of the printing process and opening up new areas of creative possibilities.

Robert Adam and Carol Robertson worked at the renowned Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop for nine years. They now have their own studio, Graal Press and teach at the Wimbledon School of Art.

I highly recommend the addition of this book to your printmaking library.


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