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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Location: Villa Park, Illinois, United States

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

Saturday, April 21, 2007


Springtime brings the trade show season. Graphic Chemical generally does a couple of major shows this time of year. If you've been reading this blog for a while you know that we've just finished a very successful Southern Graphics Council show in Kansas City, Now we head into Chicago for the National Art Materials Trade Association show. NAMTA is a trade show for art supply stores. Dealers from all over the World will join almost 100 manufacturers of art materials at Chicago's famous Navy Pier Thursday through Saturday of this week.

Printmaking suppliers include Graphic Chemical, Edward C. Lyons, Speedball and several paper distributors. For us it is a great opportunity to visit with dealers, to show them new products, and to share with them what we believe printmakers have found the most interesting with our new catalog and web site. Due to a few problems encountered before last year's show in Boston, we were unable to attend and therefore missed the opportunity to showcase our new Caligo Safe Wash inks; Needless to say that will be rectified atthis year's show. We will be joined at Navy Pier by representatives from Caligo for the run of the show. In addition to our own inks and resists, we will also be showcasing materials from Lascaux, Revere, Charbonnel, Gamblin, Akua-Kolor and Stones Crayons.

While the show is not open to the public, you'll see the results of it at your local art supply stores almost immediately. We, of course, hope you'll continue to shop with us either in person or on our website (


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