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

Monday, July 07, 2008


Some time ago, I wrote, with regret, about the demise of Aiko's Paper in Chicago. Well, it has come to pass that they have shut their doors, and it is a loss to the paper purchasing world. The folks at Aiko's were very generous in helping Graphic Chemical to fill the void left by their closing. They shared with us a tremendous amount of information regarding papers that were popular with their customers, who their suppliers were, and much more.

Last month a contingent from Graphic traveled to an oriental paper summit. No it wasn't in Japan - if it had been I'd have found a way to attend. This one was held in Toronto, and our crew told me they found it not only interesting but highly invigorating. They are really psyched up to make us a major player in papers for relief printing techniques.

To that end, I did a quick count on how many papers have been added to our supply list in the past 2-3 months, and I was staggered to see that the number was 110 new papers. The interesting part of this is that they aren't done yet by a long shot.

Packaging papers is an art form in and of itself, and thin papers such as most of these is significantly more difficult. Our paper specialist, Pete, was really impressed with the training that he received relative to handling and packaging.

I've asked the boss - Susan - to do a guest piece here with more information about the specific papers, characteristics and strengths. She, as I expected gave me that look. You know the one that means, yeah, right! Eventually I'll get her to at least give me the information, but in the meantime, look at our web site for information, or call us, we're happy to talk to you about these new products.


Blogger Tibi said...

The number of papers that GC&I offers is quite impressive. I was wondering, though, if it would be possible to offer some (good quality) photos of the papers available for purchase on your website. Some papers are quite common, but others are not, and it would be hard to decide on trying them out without any visual indication on how they look.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Sharri said...

Thanks to all of you for taking up the slack. I was devastated upon learning that Aiko's was to be no longer. Now I am a happy camper again --

9:14 AM  
Anonymous David Miller said...

I am learning more and more about this wonderful art form from my friend, Michael Bynum, who is an award-winning print artist. Glad to find you blog.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Art2 said...

I'm glad to hear about your paper choices and I'll be checking out the web site.

9:01 AM  

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