In college I took a lot of classes centered around printing. One of my favorite style of printing is block printing. It’s simple, cheap, and has some really nice looking results. For my block printing I purchased the Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit (not ad linked). The basic idea is that you have a soft block of material where you carve away material that you don’t want to be printed and keep the material that you want.
I started by designing a logo in Inkscape for my beer. I then printed it out onto normal paper. Some use transfer paper, but normal paper works just fine. I then colored the printed areas with a pencil. I then put the logo, pencil side down, on the block and pushed over the whole thing. What this does is transfer the pencil marks to the block in a reversed fashion. You need to do this because the image will come out reversed when printing. I think took a sharpie and traced the outline of what was transferred. It looked like the image below.
Once this is done you need to carve away everything that you do not want printed. The kit linked above comes with three different sizes of cutting tools for different levels of detail. You next need to place ink in a pan and spread it with your roller. The roller will be used to transfer the ink to the block. You should head a sticky sound to know that you have the proper amount of ink on your roller.
You can then roll your ink onto the block. The same sticky sound should be audible and the ink should have the texture of an orange. Some other areas will get ink on them but they will not show up if the paper is pressed properly. Finally you take paper and push it onto the block. A rolling pin or beer bottle helps with even distribution. The results of my work are shown below.