Welcome to 3 Dotted Penguins!

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

I hope you are enjoying the Making Zen Online Retreat. It is such a pleasure being part of it. 

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.

Welcome to 2023: The Repeat Pattern Deep Dive Series is coming back in a new format

Do you want to start 2023 block printing with me? 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. 

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Download my free guides:

3 dotted penguins block printing supplies free mini guide

My Favourite Block Printing Supplies

Fresh off the “press”, the 3rd edition of this multi-page mini guide contains all my block printing tools, including various tips and a one-page quick starter guide for those of you starting out. Additionally I added a (far from complete) list of art supply shops around the world to help you get started.

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3 Dotted Penguins paper ornaments free mini-guide

How to make (block printed) Paper Ornaments

This guide will show you how you can make a paper ornament from only three strips of paper. You can fully design the paper ornament as you like – no matter if you use block printed paper, paper you (or your kids) painted or ready made paper. The guide contains a step by step picture guide with detailed description and comes with templates in two sizes for more variation in your ornaments.

 

These ornaments look beautiful and are easy to assemble. I love the versatility, you can decorate them in any way you like and they are also perfect as a fun family project. 

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

This guide will show you how you can make stamp from materials that you (most likely) already have at home. It contains five sample projects plus a bonus project. It is intended to give you some ideas on how you could spend a fun afternoon getting creative and playing around making stamps and printing cute shapes and patterns. You can give stamping a try without buying any specialized linocutting equipment. Pick whatever you have and see where it takes you.

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