I find this part of the process quite therapeutic. This stage involves cutting away all the parts of the lino cut that you don't want to load with paint and print.
Rather than have the ink pot on its own, I decided to give it a background and foreground. These parts of the print I wanted to be quite angular as the ink pot is round.
There is a fantastic artist that lives locally who produces the most wonderful prints using lino and wood. Check out her website here http://www.juliamanning.co.uk/. Something to aspire to.