Intro to Block Printing – Making Zen edition

Welcome to the Making Zen Bonus by 3 Dotted Penguins

Ever wanted to try block printing or stamp making and carve your own print blocks or stamps? Do you want to improve your block printing or stamp making skills? In this live online workshop I will walk you through the basics of block printing. You will leave the workshop with your first hand carved stamp, ready to make your own block prints.


Make sure to use your Making Zen discount code at checkout (valid until December 31, 2022).

The workshop recording will be available until March 31, 2023.

#SimplyBlockPrinting - Intro to Block Printing, a live online workshop

We will be spending 3 hours together where I will walk you through the process of block printing on paper. We will be talking about tools and materials, what to consider when making your designs, how to carve and make prints. We will finish this workshop with Q&A session where I will answer your questions that I had not been able to already answer throughout the workshop/demo time. Bring your tools to work alongside on a small project or get inspired for your block printing session afterwards. 

This is an entry-level workshop – no prior knowledge required.


All virtual live block printing workshop are via video call (through the platform Zoom) to best emulate the experience of an in-person workshop. It also gives you the possibility to directly get answers to your questions and I can give you direct feedback if you decide to work along. A recording is available after the workshop.

How students describe Ali's classes

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Student work (from the workshops)

About your instructor

Hi, I’m Ali! I am a self-taught printmaker, surface designer and I am teaching you all about block printing and pattern design in my workshops. 


When I started block printing in summer of 2018 I did not have any previous carving or block printing experience and no understanding how patterns worked. Since then I carved block after block and have made countless prints and patterns. I love pattern play and always get super excited when I find a new way of combining and printing my blocks. Through that and from trial and error I have learned what works and what does not. 


In my workshops I am sharing what I have learned and also want to help you kickstart your block printing and pattern journey through sharing countless tips and tricks. I structure my workshops in a way that they are hands on and easy to follow. 


Over time, I have taught several hundred workshop participants from across the globe, from Switzerland to all over Europe, USA & Canada, South America, Near East, India, Australia and Southern Africa. I love to share my passion and spread the joy of block printing and pattern play with countless tips and tricks in my virtual block printing workshops. 


When I am not working on 3 Dotted Penguins you will find me chasing after my little printmaker, exploring the world (near and far) or ending the day over a good board game.  


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Make sure to use your Making Zen discount code at checkout (valid until December 31, 2022).

The workshop recording will be available until March 31, 2023.

What former workshop participants say

What awaits you in the workshop

  • Hands-on virtual workshop via video platform Zoom
  • Attend the workshop from the comfort of your home with a fully immersive experience through video and audio
  • Well-structured workshop with step-by-step instructions to easily follow along.
  • Make your first hand-carved block and block printed postcard-sized print in the workshop
  • Leave the workshop fully equipped to carve your own stamps and continue making block prints
  • Knowledge on which materials and tools to use and what to look out for
  • Carving exercise
  • How to transfer your design onto the block and how to decide what to carve
  • Live carving and printing demo
  • Opportunity to ask questions and show work progress anytime during the workshop.
  • Upfront information by email such as materials list and additional details about the workshop (Zoom link etc.) and template sheet.
  • An international group of participants (limited to 10 per workshop)
  • Access to the recording of the workshop for 3 months after the end of the workshop
3 Dotted Penguins Virtual block printing workshops

Join from across the globe

I typically offer two workshop start times:

for Europe/Africa/North and South America: 6 pm CET (Central European time/ 6 pm GMT/UK, noon EST/USA, 9 am PST/USA)


for Europe/Africa/Asia and Australia/New Zealand: 9 am CET (Central European time/ 8 am GMT/UK, 4 pm AWST/GMT+8, 7 pm AEDT/Australia)

#SimplyBlockprinting – Intro to Block Printing (in English)

Live online workshop with Ali of 3 Dotted Penguins


The 3-hour live workshop already took place in November – you can access the recording below.


Price: CHF 69 (roughly USD 71 /EUR 71, depending on exchange rate**) – Don’t forget to add your special discount code at checkout.

Make sure to use your Making Zen discount code at checkout (valid until December 31, 2022). The workshop recording will be available until March 31, 2023.


If you have any questions about this workshop, please send me a message

** Effective price is in Swiss Francs (CHF). Prices in other currencies are solely stated for reference and depend on the exchange rate of the day. 

Further block printing classes will resume beginning of 2023. Join the email list to get notified.

intro to blockprinting live online workshop with 3dottedpenguins

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have never block printed before or want to refresh the block printing basics, the “Intro to Block Printing” workshop is perfect for you. I will walk you through all the materials and steps needed for block printing. Most other workshops require basic block printing skills but you will be able to attend them right after an “Intro to Block Printing” workshop unless otherwise noted. 

You will find the required skill level with all workshop descriptions.

All workshops are delivered via the online video platform Zoom. I will present the workshop and do live demonstrations which you will be able to follow live via your computer or tablet device. As a workshop participant, you can unmute yourself anytime to ask questions or show your progress when working alongside me. 

Yes, workshops are recorded. You will receive access to the recording within a few days after the workshop. You will have access to the recording for private viewing via the private Workshop Hub for at least 3 months after the end of the workshop. 

When you sign up to a workshop you will receive a payment confirmation right away. Shortly after you will receive an email with all the materials needed for the workshop and further details about the workshop. Before the workshop you will receive the link to join the workshop via Zoom and often also a template/worksheet that will come in helpful during the workshop. A few days after the workshop you will receive access to the recording of your workshop via the private Workshop Hub. 

No. You can attend both, the “Intro to Repeat Patterns” workshop and the “Repeat Patterns Deep Dive 1” workshop series, with basic block printing skills. But you can also attend the “Repeat Patterns Deep Dive 1” after having done the “Intro to Repeat Patterns” workshop. We normally have a nice mix of participants in the Deep Dive 1 with different backgrounds and knowledge. 

The “Intro to Repeat Patterns” is for you if you want to learn the basics of block printed repeat patterns and carve your first repeat pattern in this 3-hour-workshop.

If you want to go more into the depth of repeat patterns, learn about different shapes and also improve your design, carving and block printing skills along the way, the  “Repeat Patterns Deep Dive 1” workshop series (3 sessions, 2 hours each) is perfect for you. You will profit from the community of other printmakers in the workshop and the homework you get to do between the live workshops. 

YES! The beauty of live online workshops is that you can watch and follow along from the comfort of your home, no matter where you are in the world. I set up my workshops in a way that they cover as many timezones as possible. 


I generally offer two time slots for workshops in English:

  • Workshops in the European evenings, geared towards Europe/Africa (evening) and the Americas (daytime). A workshop starting at 6 pm or 7 pm CET (Central European Time) will take place during the afternoon of the US East coast and the morning of the US Pacific coast.
  • Workshops in the European mornings (often starting at 9 am CET, Central European Time) are geared towards Europe/Africa (morning), Asia and Australia/New Zealand (daytime/evenings).


I also offer workshops in German, timing varies. 

You absolutely can attend with a friend. Each workshop ticket is for one person. If you want to attend with a friend or a family member (even from the same room), please buy one ticket for each participant to the workshop, like you would do for an in-person workshop.

Generally you will need basic block printing supplies like lino-carving tools, soft carving material, ink pads or block printing ink and paper. A craft knife, a pencil and tracing paper will also come in handy. 

Shortly after you sign up for the workshop you will receive a detailed list with all materials needed. 

If you have any specific questions about tools or materials before signing up, please check out my free resource guide or send me a message with your specific question. 

All workshops are recorded. If you cannot attend a workshop you booked, you will receive access to the recording within a few days after the workshop (like all other workshop participants).  

You also have the option to name a person who will participate instead of you in the workshop and that way pass on the seat to them. 

Yes, I do offer custom and private workshops. If you want to have a private workshop for a group of friends or work colleagues or for yourself, please get in touch with me with your rough idea. 

The majority of workshops require at least basic block printing skills (except for the “Intro to Block Printing” workshops). If you are new to repeat patterns and want to get a first taste of block printing repeat patterns, the “Intro to Repeat Patterns” workshop is great for you. The “Repeat Patterns Deep Dive 1” series (and consequently also the follow up “Deep Dive 2” series) are perfect if you want to get your pattern skills, carving, design and printing skills to the next level. 

I regularly update the upcoming workshop dates here on Please join my newsletter to be notified about upcoming workshop dates and new workshops. 


If you are looking for European morning workshops, suitable for European, African, Asian and Australian/New Zealand timezones, please join the waitlist. (Please do not join the waitlist if you are looking for European evening workshops, which are suitable for Europe, Africa and the Americas.)


For workshops in German, please join the waitlist for German workshops. 

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