Find answers to commonly asked questions here.
Participants are responsible for purchasing a 1/2 or 3/8 inch carving substrate. BIG INK recommends using either Cherry Ply, Shina Ply, PVC sheeting, or MDF. Our instructional videos include links to recommended suppliers.
Participants are responsible for purchasing carving tools. Power Grip is the brand we recommend.
Ink & Paper
We print on Japanese Masa paper using Speedball Oil-Based Block Printing Ink.
Participants carve a woodblock at least 24 by 36 inches but no larger than 40 by 96 inches in dimension. We sometimes work with venues that have an oversized press on-site. Please confirm the maximum size on our apply page.
All applications are reviewed internally, and a decision is provided shortly after each call’s deadline. Accepted participants receive a registration email.
It is free to submit an application; accepted applicants pay $300. This includes access to BIG INK’s video tutorials, technical assistance during the event, and photography of the finished work.
Payment & Refunds
Accepted participants receive a Paypal invoice during registration. Participation fees are non-refundable.
Participants are responsible for bringing a fully carved woodblock on their assigned printing day. They are welcome, but not required, to attend any other printing days as a guest.
Participants can change their image after being accepted. Updated images must be in keeping with the style and subject of the original submission.
Applicants may submit a previously completed image executed in any medium.
BIG INK guarantees three high quality impressions of each participant’s woodblock, one of which the artists places in BIG INK’s collection.
We are happy to print an additional impression of a participant’s woodblock during the event if time allows. The rate we charge depends on the length of the woodblock. This rate includes the use of our Masa paper.
The woodblock remains property of the artist. Participants are encouraged to create an edition of their work after the event. We offer edition services to all past BIG INK participants. Please contact us for more information.
Because we work with many artists at one time we standardize for efficiency. Therefore color printing is not permitted.
BIG INK provides newsprint to wrap finished prints. Participants who are flying are responsible for packing their prints for the return trip. Fedex Office Print & Ship Centers sell 48 inch heavy duty mailing tubes. Participants are encouraged to call the Fedex location nearest to the event and confirm availability.
Participants are responsible for their own lodging. We recommend Airbnb. Use this link to save $40 on your first booking.
Participants may ship their block directly to the venue. Contact BIG INK directly to confirm. Please include a return label in the package.
We recommend cutting woodblocks over 6 feet in half to facilitate transport. We will abut the pieces together on the press before printing.
All rights associated with images created in our program remain property of their respective creators.
Participants grant BIG INK unlimited access to use their artwork and likeness for promotional purposes on the web and in print.