I am not nearly as happy as I was earlier today before I printed proofs of the new blocks that I carved. As I said, I carved the background much too deeply. I am going to eliminate the background on the fish immediately. I trimmed them up a bit, but at this point I am afraid of doing more harm than good. The chickadee was carved from linoleum; the others from some kind of rubbery stuff that I got from Daniel Smith. Although the linoleum is a bit harder to carve, I seem to have a better success rate with it. I am printing with Daniel Smith oil based water soluble ink. The bottom right shows some wine corks that I carved. I would normally print those with paint but the ink was there.
It is a good thing that being a printmaker is not my goal, because I know my prints are far from perfect. But once I add some stitching, maybe some beads, it will be fine.