I took a class on screen printing at the School of Visual Arts in NYC because I was always interested in graphic design and poster art. After the class, I didn't have room to do it at home or studio access, and happened upon relief printing using linoleum blocks while I was browsing around an art supply store. I just tried it out and liked it immediately.
My process starts out by sketching and refining an idea, sometimes on the computer. After I have the sketch made, I reverse it then use low tech carbon or sorel paper to transfer the design to my block. I carve the block or blocks using standard linoleum cutting tools you can get at any art store, then I test print and refine further. Once I am done, I mix inks then print using the Vandercook. Before I got the press, I was very hesitant to print very large or anything that required registration, because I never felt that I could get consistent results. The press has given me confidence to do larger works with more detailed registration of two and three color editions.
I usually devote evenings after work to art. I try to have a nice dinner after work and then work on printmaking rather than sitting in front of the TV. I also spend a lot of time on the weekends with it.
Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things. I am trying to challenge myself more to this -- although there will be failures, you can learn so much more in the process.