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

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


We aren't too far away - hard as that is to believe - from the Southern Graphics Council conference in Chicago. The show ndates are March 25-29, 2009. The theme of the conference is Global Connections, and the committee is hard at work to put on one of the best conferences that SGC has ever had.
First of all, we're in Chicago, one of the great cities in the World (of course I'm biased). For the record - no cowboys and Indians, no Al Capone, and very few buffalo roaming the plains of the city, although we did have a cougar last Spring. Chicago is world class in every sense of the phrase - world class art & music, world class museums and galleries, world class architecture and world class sports...well that's a little bit of a stretch particularly with Winter sports.
Secondly, we're hosted by Columbia College a great school noted for its arts programs. Columbia is the home of Anchor Graphics, Columbia Book & Paper and some of the finest technology programs anywhere.
And finally, Chicago is just a scant 17 miles from the world headquarters of Graphic Chemical & Ink Company! If there is sufficient interest, we may try to organize a tour of our facilities for a group of attendees. You can always arrange for a private tour while you are in town, but we're hoping to jazz it up a little bit with a bus from the city, snacks and soft drinks etc. We have already begun the cleaning process so that when March rolls around we'll be ready for the onslaught.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Come and visit Graphic Chemical & Ink Company in Lisle, IL for the Learning & Product Expo 2008, July 11-13th. For those of you from out of the area, Lisle is about 25 miles west of downtown Chicago.
We'll be at the Hickory Ridge Mariott along with many other art supply vendors.
Classes and demonstrations are being presented in a variety of areas including printmaking, oils, wayter colors, ceramics and many more. Go to the show website - - for a show preview and registration information. While pre-registration isn't required, the earlier you sign up the better chance you have to get into the classes or demos you want.
Our good friend Teresa Parker is teaching a class on linoleum block printing on Friday, a Collage/Monotype class on Saturday, and classes on both techniques on Sunday. She will be highlighting the Caligo Safe Wash Relief Inks that are handled by Graphic Chemical. These inks, as many of you know, are oil based inks with all of the positive qualities of that medium, with the added bonus of cleaning up with soap and water!
Caligo Inks along with a wide selection of our product line will be available in Graphic's booth at the show. Hope we'll see you there.