You should have your plan worked out before you start cutting. That's rule one, right?
"Measure twice, cut once."
"Haste makes waste."
"Think twice before making a final decision."
To give myself credit, I did have it all worked out before I started cutting. I just came up with a better plan.
"Don't change horses in the middle of the stream."
Anyway, long story, short blog about it:
I decided the only way I could make my print the way I wanted was to use a stencil....didn't really want to do that (stencils have their own issues), so I was hesitant, but started in.
I made lots of drawings, using first watercolor, then (even better) colored pencils. I made all kinds of colored drawings.
And, then I started cutting. And then I came up with a better idea. And I re-cut. And then came up with an even better idea, but I had cut out the wrong part already. Drat!
So, I got out the putty.
I guess I could come up with an even better plan if the putty doesn't work.