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

Sunday, September 26, 2010


I saw this on Facebook and thought that I'd share it with you. There are some vague similarities to the way that printmaking inks are manufactured. The biggest difference would lie in the scale. The closest thing to what you'll see here, as far our inks go, would be the 514 Etching Bone Black. Most inks manufactured by Graphic Chemical & Ink would be in batch sizes of 100 lbs or less, although the 514 Bone Black is made in a 300+ pound batch. Testing is somewhat similar although the equipment we use isn't as high tech, but the results are the same. These are commercial inks (you can tell by the driers added), but it gives you a sense of what goes into ink making.

Ink Demo from Vepo on Vimeo.