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

Thursday, December 17, 2009


When we first came out with inks in cartridges, there were some spiffy caps that insured the the ink in the nozzle didn't dry out too fast. There were two problems with them, however. They didn't fit very well, so they were constantly getting lost, and we had to order huge numbers of them from the manufacturer.

They resolved both problems quite easily - they stopped making the product. While it wasn't a resolution that we would have chosen, it did allow us (or is it "force us"?) to begin a search for a better product. After years of searching and coming up dry, I stumbled across a perfect solution, shown above. Called a Caulk Saver, it can be used to a.) puncture the seal on a fresh cartridge, and b.) plug the end to help insure that the ink doesn't dry out between uses. After the seal is punctured, you can trim this off to better fit the cartridge if you like.

If you are a fan of Graphic Chemical on Facebook (, you will probably have seen this puppy recently. It sells for around $1.00.


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