We are a network of artists who explore the creative possibilities of large-scale woodblock printmaking.
Why Be A BIG INKer?
Here are a few good reasons...
Never carved a woodblock? No problem! BIG INK's step-by-step video tutorials will help get you started.
BIG INK assists in the creation of three impressions from each participant's block, one of which is archived in the BIG INK portfolio.
Participants are provided a photographed image of their finished print which is also added to BigInk.org.
No Submission Fee
BIG INK doesn't charge a submission fee and only collect a participation fee from artists accepted into the program.
Size: Images must be at least 24” x 36” in dimension but no larger than the maximum size indicated under each venue’s details. Please keep in mind that size may be limited due to the equipment available at the venue in which we’re printing.
Materials: Artists are responsible for securing his or her own plywood, MDF or Shina for carving in addition to carving tools. The plywood, MDF or Shina must be either 1/2″ or 3/8″ thick. BIG INK provides technical documentation and step-by-step videos to get you started.
Originality: Uniqueness of the design is a major consideration. A drawing, digital graphic, altered photography, collage, sketch, painting of what you intend to carve is acceptable. Images must be solely created by the applicant.
Fees: It is free to submit your proposal; accepted artists pay $295 to participate. This fee covers everything including paper, ink, cleaning supplies, and professional photography.
Painters, sculptors, photographers and any other ambitious souls are welcome to apply. You don’t have to be an expert printmaker. BIG INK has coached accepted participants of all career levels, from emerging to established, through the process.
Commonly Asked Questions
Collaboration: Two artists can collaborate on a single woodblock. Simply list both individual’s details on the application.
Attendance: Artists are responsible for attending the printing day assigned to them. You’re welcome to attend any other scheduled printing days but are not required to do so.
Transport: You may be able to ship your block directly to the venue. Contact us to confirm. At the event BIG INK provides newsprint to wrap the work and mailing tubes are provided for those that are mailing work back home. When shipping your block to the venue also include a return label in the package. This makes shipping your block back home easy.
Accommodations: Artists are responsible for securing his or her own accommodations. We use Airbnb most frequently. The site allows you to input the venue’s address and view the nearest rooms for rent. We recommend booking sooner rather than later to ensure the best availability and price.
Consumables: BIG INK provides everything needed to print you large woodblock including Masa printing paper and Graphic Chemical oil based relief ink. You’re not required to bring anything but your block to the printing event.
Color printing: To keep the work cohesive and simplify the process of printing multiple artist’s work, we don’t permit color printing at events.
Share Your Idea
We’re delighted to review your proposal! Before applying, please read through the current open deadlines above if you haven’t already done so. Note this application system does not save information. If you navigate away from this window while your application is in process, it may be lost. We recommend that you type your proposal in a word document and then copy/paste responses into the application. If you have any questions, or run into problems using our online system, please contact us.