A block of wood is engraved with a design. At this stage I often blacken the wood with ink or chalk pastel, so that when the wood is cut the grooves show up. Ink is rolled over the surface, and where the roller meets the flat uncut surface, the ink sticks; it is thick and does not spread into the cuts. The block can then be printed. This can be done by placing paper over the block and rubbing with a spoon, or with a press.