Finally! The finished first layer of carving is done. As you can see, the grey part that I did not carve out this round will be solid color. When I print this, the lines will be completely covered by the ink rolled on the linoleum with the brayer.
That is where the permanent marker comes in...
Finished carving of first color layer. YAY!
When I wash off the print ink, I won't wash off the line work so that I can remove the rest of the grey for the second (and in this case, final) color layer. This second to last step to remove the remaining grey after the first series of prints will go much faster (4-5 hours rather than the 16 it took to do the first layer). The only thing that will need to be remembered are the touch up spots where, when carving, things you didn't want carved, little dings and nicks and the like, can be easily fixed with a small flat brush using the ink that was used to print the block.
Now on with the printing!