Step One ...

The first stage in the printing of this design is the beta-ban. Can you see the light toned strip running around the edge of the sheet? That is the original tone of the paper - the 'colour' you see in the centre of the paper was printed by this step. The block is simply a flat rectangular shape, and the impression is taken with paste and very slightly tinted water.

There are a number of benefits from this:

You should also be able to see, down in the lower right corner, a stain left by the nail polish that I applied to the paper at that point. The registration on this print will be critical in subsequent stages, and without this reinforcement, the soft corner of the moist paper would become damaged during the long printing process, making registration very difficult.