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It’s right here. Enter your details below for two quick tutorials on how to build your repeating hex grid & rotating shell shape grid in Illustrator and an accompanying download. 

 

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3 Dotted Penguins Ali printmaker surfacedesigner blockprinting studio

Hi, I'm Ali! I am glad you are here.

I am Ali Baecker, the artist behind 3 Dotted Penguins. I am a printmaker, teacher and surface designer living in Zurich, Switzerland

I use the medium of block printing to explore pattern and surface designs. All my designs come to life through the meditative and slow process of carving blocks by hand and building up prints and patterns by placing inked block after block. My work is inspired by my daydreams about the (far away) sea and my everyday adventures (near and far) and influenced by my engineering background and my love for geometrical shapes.

I am most active on Instagram, but you can also find my newest work on Facebook. I regularly teach classes on block printing and repeat pattern design and sell my handmade goods in my online shop. Join my email list for regular updates and block printing tips & tricks.

And here are some more things I do:

Download my free guides:

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My Favourite Block Printing Supplies

The 3rd edition of this 10-plus-page guide contains all my block printing tools, including various tips and a one-page quick starter guide for beginners. Additionally, I added a (far from complete) list of art supply shops around the world to help you get started. The guide is available in English and German.

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5 fun ways to make stamps with your kids (or for yourself)

This free guide guides you on making stamps from materials you (most likely) already have at home. That way, you can give stamping a try without buying any specialized linocutting equipment.

The guide contains five sample projects which are a great way to spend a fun afternoon being creative and playing with shapes and patterns. Work with materials you already have at home and see where it takes you. The guide is available in English and German.

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Master the Art of Block Printed Repeat Patterns - The Repeat Pattern Deep Dive

Dive deep into the world of block printed repeat patterns. Learn about different designs and standard tessellating shapes, and also improve your block printing skills along the way. Learn how to combine your blocks and how to add new blocks, and make your own tessellating shapes. Show your work and learn not only from me but from the entire group of participants. 

The next cohort (in English and German) starts fall 2024. Join the waitlist to get updates:

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