This page is a dedicated to more information about our Call-For-Entry Program.

Participants are responsible for purchasing a 1/2 or 3/8 inch carving substrate. BIG INK recommends using either Cherry Ply, Shina Ply, or MDF. Our master class includes product links.
Participants are responsible for purchasing carving tools. Power Grip is the brand we recommend.  Our master class includes product links.
We print on Masa paper using oil-based block printing ink.  Both are provided by BIG 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 at the top of our application page.
We strive to make the production of a large-scale woodblock accessible.  Our online master class guides participants through the woodblock carving process before the event, imparting knowledge of preferred materials and techniques.
All applications are reviewed by BIG INK’s Co-Directors. Preference will be given to artists that submit a fully rendered abstract or representational design.  This can include a drawing, digital graphic, collage, painting, photograph, or print.  Accepted participants receive a registration email shortly after the call-for-entry deadline.
It is free to submit; accepted applicants pay $300. Participation highlights include:
• Online Master Class Access
• Speedball Art Products Samples
• Hands on instruction during the event
• Three impressions from your woodblock, all of which you get to keep
Accepted applicants receive a welcome letter and Paypal invoice shortly following the deadline.  Participation fees are non-refundable.
We are unable to offer scholarships. Past participants have received funding through local and state grants, The Awesome Foundation, Kickstarter and the Chenven Foundation.
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 an observer.
Participants can change their image after acceptance.  Any updates must be in keeping with the style and character of the original submission.  No submitting a landscape and then carving a portrait of a basketball player.  True story!
Applicants may submit a previously completed image executed in any medium.
BIG INK guarantees three high quality impressions of each participant’s woodblock, all of which the artist keeps.  Woodblocks are printed on archival paper using traditional oil-based ink.  BIG INK directs the operation and maintains a high standard of quality throughout printing.  The resulting prints are professional grade, ready for exhibition and sale.
The woodblock remains property of the artist. Participants are encouraged to create additional impressions of their work after the event. We offer limited edition printing to all past participants.
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 and meals. We recommend Airbnb. Use this link to save $40 on your first booking.
Contact us before shipping your woodblock directly to the event location.  Please include a return label in the package.  We recommend cutting woodblocks half if they are over 6 feet in length. We will abut the pieces together on the press before printing.
Bring your art to a new audience outside the studio.  We work with local media outlets to advertise the event.  Our social accounts highlight the work of participants to an international following.  Participants grant BIG INK unlimited access to use their artwork and likeness for promotional purposes on the web and in print.
All rights associated with images created in our program remain property of their respective creators.

"Being a professional sculptor, carving a woodblock was something that appealed to my sensibilities. BIG INK answered my technical questions quickly and gave me feedback on my image. I'm now taking what I learned as a participant and integrating it back into my 3-D work."

Kerry Furlani