I am looking for a way to aviod having to buy pre-made carving blocks. I just tried a piece using condensed fun foam and found the foam to soak up to much ink. I am now thinking of buying linolium floor tile and gluing it to wood and just doing my carvings from that. Also, I have been using a water base block type ink that gets way to gummy, I am thinking of switching to oils.
Any suggestions for blocks, inks or quik fixes for getting a good solid impression on the paper using cheap methods.