A fiscal and in-kind sponsor of BIG INK since 2019.

Speedball’s mission is to serve as the trusted brand of choice and a catalyst for inspiration, community, and accessibility for artists all over the world.  Our partnership with BIG INK has served as an integral part of consistently prioritizing that vision in its efforts to bring enhanced awareness and education for large-scale woodblock printmaking.  We are honored to be able to play a small role in making the opportunity to participate in BIG INK’s curriculum and events a reality for a greater number of talented and passionate printmakers.


The Speedball Art Products Alumni Scholarship encourages artists who’ve previously participated in a BIG INK event to reapply. BIG INK draws at random and, if selected, the workshop participation fee is covered by Speedball. Each scholarship recipient agrees to donate one of their large-scale woodblock prints to Speedball and the work is put on display at the company’s headquarters in North Carolina. Two scholarships are awarded per event and recipients are featured below.


Call-for-entry event participants receive a samples kit to kick start their print journey. Speedball ships the supplies, in a nicely branded box, to each artist shortly following acceptance.

Contents include:
• Oil-based ink
• Arnhem paper samples
• Rubber brayer
• Columbia Forest Products Purebond Cherry Plywood sample
• McClain’s Printmaking Shina Plywood sample


BIG INK is made possible in part by contributions from individuals and organizations that share our passion for print. Reach out if you are interested in learning about sponsorship.