Workshops

Have you ever wondered how to carve your own stamps? Do you want to hand print your own designs or paper or fabric? Are you curious how repeat patterns work? Do you want to learn a new creative skill? What materials and tools to use for block printing? What makes a pattern tessellate? Do you want to spend a few creative hours block printing with a group of like minded people? Let’s get #simplyblockprinting.

Live Online Workshops

I offer a variety of virtual block printing workshops. Hands on and easy to follow, these workshops will help you get started and make huge progress in your block printing and pattern skills. Leaving the workshops you will be able to make your own custom stamps and print your own projects. Workshops are held via Zoom and are in English unless otherwise (clearly) stated (I occasionally offer workshops in German). I offer different days and start times to accommodate different time zones and make workshops accessible from around the world. 

Intro to Block Printing

live online workshop 

(3 hours)

Get started with block printing from scratch. Walk out of the workshop with your first hand carved stamp and lots of tips and tricks. Learn about materials, tools and everything you need to know to get started along the way.

No prior block printing skills required.

Intro to Repeat Patterns

live online workshop 

(3 hours)

Get started with block printing repeat patterns. Learn about how repeat patterns work and what we need to consider when designing, carving and making block printed repeat patterns. Walk out of the workshop with lots of tips and tricks and your first repeat block. 

Basic block printing skills required.

Repeat Patterns Deep Dive 1

live online workshop series 

(3 sessions, 2 hours each)

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. Show your work and learn not only from me but from the entire group of participants.

Basic block printing skills required.

Repeat Patterns Deep Dive 2

live online workshop series 

(3 sessions, 2 hours each) 

The Deep Dive 2 builds upon what you learned in Deep Dive 1. You will get even more versatile and skilled in your repeat patterns, combining and adding new blocks and making your own tessellating shapes. We also focus more on the curved shaped blocks.

Deep Dive 1 graduates only. 

Block Printed Cards & Gift Wrap

live online workshop

(2.5 hours)

Spend 2.5 hours exploring block printed (Christmas) cards and gift wraps, translating them into hand-carved stamps. Get block printing and delve into the countless arrangement variations possible. Walk out of the workshop inspired to continue carving and block printing.

Basic block printing skills required

Nautical & Sealife Inspired Block Prints

live online workshop

(2.5 hours)

Spend 2.5 hours exploring nautical & sealife inspired designs and translating them into hand-carved blocks. Get block printing and delve into the countless arrangement variations possible. Walk out of the workshop inspired to continue carving and block printing.

Basic block printing skills required

How students describe the workshops

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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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Student work (from the workshops)

Upcoming workshops

Intro to Block Printing

Friday, September 9, 6 pm CEST/Europe – in German/auf Deutsch

Saturday, September 10, 9 am CEST/Europe (5 pm AEST/Australia) – in English

Saturday, September 10, 6 pm CEST/Europe  (12 pm EDT/USA) – in English

 

Intro to Repeat Patterns

Friday, September 30, 6 pm CEST/Europe – in German/auf Deutsch

Sunday, October 2, 6 pm CEST/Europe (12 pm EDT/USA) – in English

 

Repeat Patterns Deep Dive 1

Saturdays, September 17, 24 & October 1, 9 am CEST/Europe (5 pm AEST/Australia) – in English

Saturdays, September 17, 24 & October 1, 7 pm CEST/Europe (1 pm EDT/USA) – in English

 

Repeat Patterns Deep Dive 2

Sundays, September 11, 18 & 25, 9 am CEST/Europe (5 pm AEST/Australia) – in English

Sundays, September 11, 18 & 25, 7 pm CEST/Europe (1 pm EDT/USA) – in English

Thursday, September 15, 22 & 29, 7 pm CEST/Europe – in German/auf Deutsch

 

Block Printed Cards & Gift Wrap

Saturday, October 29, 9 am CEST/Europe (6 pm AEDT/Australia) – in English

Saturday, October 29, 6 pm CEST/Europe (12 pm EDT/USA) – in English

 

Nautical & Sealife Block Prints

currently, no planned workshop dates

 

These are the last workshops of 2022. Join my email list to be notified about further classes in 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 full immersive experience through video and audio
  • Well structured workshop with step by step instructions to easily follow along
  • Live demos (carving and printing)
  • Leave the workshop with a carved block (3 hour workshops) or enjoy voluntary homework to deepen the discussed topics (workshop series)
  • Opportunity to ask questions and show work progress anytime during the workshop
  • Supporting material such as work sheets and templates
  • Upfront information by email such as materials list and additional details about the workshop (Zoom link etc)
  • 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
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 #SimplyBlockprinting – Gift Vouchers for live online block printing workshop are a perfect gift for a creative loved on or a friend

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Are you interested in attending a workshop in German?

Please put your details on the German waitlist and I will be in touch in due time with date suggestions. 

The waitlist helps me gauge interest and offer those workshops that you are interested in!

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Do you want to attend a workshop from Australia, New Zealand or Asia?

Please put your details on the waitlist if you are interested in joining a workshop from Australian, New Zealand or Asian timezones or like European mornings. I will be in touch in due time with date suggestions. 

The waitlist helps me gauge interest and offer those workshops that you are interested in!

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Would you like a custom, one-on-one or a private group workshop?

Do you want to spend a fun afternoon or evening with a group of friends, work colleagues or even a creative bachelorette’s party/hen’s night getting started with block printing? Are you interested in a custom private workshop (focusing on a topic of your choice)? 

Please get in touch with some details and I will be happy to tailor the offer according to your needs.

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Do you want to receive updates when new workshops come out? 

You will receive regular updates when I release new workshop dates for registration, including occasional early bird offers. I also regularly share other exciting news, resources and behind the scenes with my newsletter subscribers.

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 3dottedpenguins.com. 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.