Here’s a quick checklist of items to bring to the workshop:

  • A fully carved woodblock
  • A tube to carry your prints
  • Work gloves, apron, and comfortable closed-toe footwear
  • Hydration and snacks
  • Your sense of adventure and enthusiasm! 😀

DATES

You must attend one in-person printing day on March 5 or 6, 2024, which we assign before the workshop.

March 5th

March 6th

  • Jennifer Mulkerrin, Northbridge High School, 9 am – 1 pm
  • Jason Cserny, The Learning Center for the Deaf, 9 am – 2 pm, @tlcdeaf
  • Lissa Bollettino, First-Year History Seminar, 9 am – 5 pm, @lissabollettino
  • Sorin Bica, The Mill Contemporary Art, 3 pm – 5 pm
  • Kenzler Joseph, Black Student Union, @frambsu
  • Marc Cote, Color and Design 1
  • Marc Cote, Color and Design 2

ORDER

The preceding list does not constitute a printing order. We print round-robin. One impression from everyone’s woodblock is printed, then we rotate through a second time, and finally, a third. This way, something different is continually being produced for the public.

LOCATION

The Forum at the McCarthy College Center, Framingham State University
93 State Street, Framingham, MA 01702

VENUE INFORMATION (directions, parking, etc.)

Marc Cote, mcote@framingham.edu

WORKSHOP INFORMATION (sourcing materials, carving questions, etc.)

Lyell Castonguay, BIG INK, LLC, contact@bigink.org

PARKING

The McCarthy College Center has a parking lot adjacent to the building.

ATTENDANCE

The workshop starts at 9 AM and concludes at 5 PM. Please arrive 15 minutes early for unloading.

AIRPLANE/SMALL CAR TRAVEL

Cut your wood to fit inside a drawing portfolio before carving. We will put the pieces together on the press. Remember that each cut will create a thin white line in the finished print, so plan your design accordingly.

REVERSE

The final print, created from your woodblock, will be reversed. Carve text and symbols backward.

MINIMUM WOODBLOCK SIZE

24 by 36-inches

MAXIMUM WOODBLOCK SIZE

40 by 96-inches

RECOMMENDED SIZE

24 by 36 inches is recommended if this is your first carving.

LET’S COLLABORATE! 📷

We have an avid Instagram following who’d love to see your progress! Here’s how we can collaborate and show them your work:

  • Open the Instagram app and hit the + to start a new post.
  • Write your post’s caption. Include that you’re preparing for a BIG INK workshop in the description.
  • When you get to the caption step, tap Tag People.
  • Click Invite Collaborator and search for our tag, biginkprints.
  • Follow the prompts to finish and publish the post.

We’ll be automatically notified and can add your post to our profile. You can only add us as collaborators when creating the post, but you can’t retroactively add us to previous ones.

PRINTS

We produce three impressions from your woodblock for you to keep. At the end of the day, we often have extra time to print more. Please inquire if you’d like additional prints.

WOOD

You are responsible for carving MDF, Cherry, or Shina ply 3/8 or 1/2-inch thick. Our Master Class includes instructions on where to source these materials. We cannot print linoleum or a 3/4” thick plate.

CONSUMABLE MATERIALS

We print using black oil-based ink provided by Speedball Art Products onto white Japanese Masa paper supplied by Legion Paper.

ATTIRE

Please bring work gloves, apron, comfortable closed-toe footwear, and tie back long hair. Expect to be on your feet most of the day.

FOOD

We do not provide food. Please bring hydration and snacks. There will be a 30-minute lunch break.

PACKING

We lay each of your woodblock prints on top of each other, roll them up, and place the package inside your tube. BIG INK provides a layer of newsprint to place between each print.

TUBE

Bring one 48-inch long, Scotch brand white mailing tube, available locally at FedEx Office Print & Ship Centers. Please call your local store to confirm availability.

CURING

Clear an open area at home to lay out prints after the workshop. The ink dries to the touch in 24 hours and is fully cured in 48 hours.

SELLING

Have an established price for your woodblock print before coming to the workshop. 50¢ per square inch is a good starting point. We direct sales inquiries to you.

MASTER CLASS ACCESS

Step 1: Navigate to www.bigink.org/my-account/

Step 2: Enter your registered email address and password.  If you can’t remember your password, click “Lost Password?” on the login page to request a reset link.

Step 3: Once logged in, you will see a link to the Student Center at the top of your desktop page or in the navigation menu on your mobile or tablet device.

Thank you for reading. See you soon! 🤘