In this instance I have cut a mask from clear mylar. The opening doesn't have to be perfect, just large enough to allow inking access in the face while keeping stray ink out of places I don't want it. I run the roller over the selected area and remove the mylar to print. I replace it to re-ink the block each time, so using transparent film helps me get it in the right place.
|Puffin linocut: Step 5, spot ink gray in the face.|
After the gray was applied in the face, I carved a wee bit more and then ran a transparent gray over the entire block.
|Puffin linocut: Step 6.|
|Puffin linocut: Step 7|
This print looks really blotchy, but that's a function of strange lighting, I think. I did remember to take a closeup at this stage so you can see all that's happening in our puffin's face. The yellow, orange, and red were all applied through the same mask, I just carved away more area each time... Sort of a reduction within a reduction, if that makes sense. The gray bits were inked using the second mask pictured above.
|Step 7 closeup|