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A new woodcut print..... the process step by step

I’m often asked about my process, as there are so many ways (and indeed no right or wrong way) to print with a wood block. I’ve yet to venture into Japanese mokuhanga which involves inking the block with a brush and watercolour. I carve the wood block then ink it with a roller. The type of print will determine the ink I use. For paper it’s usually cranfield relief ink and for fabric I use gamblin tshirt ink or akua screenprinting ink. 

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The sketch .... 

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Tracing the sketch onto the sanded block. 

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I used a roller to roll the ink onto the block for this 1st proof. I made some changes after this (very minor) 

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And a print onto a fair-trade t-shirts using Akua permaset ink

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A later print in deep blue, on handmade paper