As luck would have it, however, all that carving didn't really have any bearing on what was printed next.
The area around the pelican's eye will be yellow, but it's a tiny shape... barely 1/8" wide and 1/4" long in an image that's 18 x18 inches overall. To ink up the entire block for that tiny shape would be a ridiculous waste of time and ink, so instead I decided to apply ink directly to the prints via pochoir, or stenciling.
|Applying ink via pochoir, or stenciling|
Here I have cut the shape out of a piece of clear acetate. The black lines are marked on the acetate stencil to help me place it correctly. Ink is pounced directly on to the prints with a small stiff brush.
|Pelican linocut, Step 3|
I cut a second shape and applied orange in the same manner:
|Pelican linocut, Step 4|
Next, I carved some very small bits out of the face and then printed a yellow-orange. The shapes to be printed were much larger, so this time I used my acetate sheet as an inking mask instead of a stencil. I placed the mask over the block rather than over the print and rolled ink across it. Then I ran the block through the press as usual.
|Pelican linocut, Step 5|