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Computer generated drawing
MFA# 2000.1004


Inkjet ink on photographic paper
MFA# 2003.646

A type of electronic printing ink. Inkjet printers were commercially developed in the 1960s that use small circular nozzles to spray microscopic droplets of ink onto the paper support. The ink is a Dye dissolved in a water solution. The ink may also contain a Biocide, buffer solution, and Chelating agent (Jarry 1999). The early dyes had poor lightfastness; later dyes are highly varied depending on the brand and type. Some printers may also spray a coating of ultraviolet inhibitor.

Synonyms and Related Terms

electronic printing ink; digigraph; nonimpact printing ink

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Soluble in water.

Resources and Citations

  • N.Jarry, "Electronic Printing: Inkjet" in Media and Techniques of Works of Art on Paper, New York University Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York, 1999.