When I create linocut I don't blacken the surface anymore, I will just create my drawing with permanent marker and while I carve I will decide what gets carved and what stays behind.
The lino pattern will have several tasks. They can stand on there own, they will become backgrounds or foregrounds of figurative works and they are going to be part of a huge installations project that I have been working on over the past 6 months. In the next two weeks I am going to print a proof of every lino I have carved in this series. It's going to be interesting. In the past I would proof or print before I started a new linocut, but with this series I have just been carving without seeing what the printed outcome will look like.