Introduction to Block Printing

A course by Ali Baecker | 3 Dotted Penguins , Printmaker and Surface Designer

Printmaker and Surface Designer. Zürich, Switzerland.
Joined April 2022

"Discover the art of block printing with this course. Learn the basics, design your own stamps, and create unique prints. "

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (15)
  • 1466 students

"Discover the art of block printing with this course. Learn the basics, design your own stamps, and create unique prints. "

Discover the fascinating world of block printing with Ali Bäcker. Through her studio, 3 Dotted Penguins, and her Instagram presence, Ali has showcased her artistry in stamp design. Despite her engineering background, Ali found her true calling in the art of printmaking.

You'll delve into the basics and key techniques of block printing, exploring a unique form of expression and creativity. Beginning with a discussion of the essential materials and the limitless possibilities this medium offers, Ali will introduce you to the art of carving stamps and guide you in creating your motifs.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 18 downloads

Introduction to stamp carving
19 minutes, 59 seconds
Basis of the color
20 minutes, 9 seconds
Printing on fabric
17 minutes, 56 seconds
Polishing the cutting blades
11 minutes, 38 seconds
German with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (15)
  • 1466 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 39m)
  • 18 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

You'll apply a pattern of your choice to a fabric bag. This project will allow you to put into practice all the techniques you've learned throughout the course.

Who is this online course for?

This course is perfect for anyone who wants to explore their creative side and learn the art of block printing. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner looking to try something new, this course is designed to unlock your creativity and provide valuable insights into the world of block printing.

Requirements and materials

To participate in this course, you'll need a few basic materials: a stamp-carving rubber, a linoleum cutter, an ink pad or plate for rolling, paper, and a B or HB pencil. This minimal set of tools will allow you to create beautiful, reusable stamps and start your block printing journey.


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Ali Baecker | 3 Dotted Penguins

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Printmaker and Surface Designer

Meet Ali Bäcker, a self-taught printmaker who discovered her passion for block printing after a late-night encounter with a carving video. Her diverse background, combining engineering and a love for creative expression through photography, adds a unique dimension to her work. Ali's designs draw inspiration from nature's colors, lines, textures, and human-made structures, reflecting her fascination with patterns and geometric structures.

As the founder of 3 Dotted Penguins, Ali has built her studio around the art of stamp carving and block printing, offering original block prints, screen-printed textiles, and cards featuring her designs. Her commitment to creating eco-friendly products reflects her dedication to sustainability. Ali is not only an artist but also an enthusiastic teacher, offering online workshops and courses on block printing. She finds great joy in sharing her knowledge and inspiring other creatives to explore the endless possibilities of the art of printmaking. Her journey is one that encourages creativity and explores the meditative and addictive qualities of stamp carving and block printing.


  • U1


    • About me
    • Inspirations
  • U2


    • materials
    • What is stamp printing and what can you do with it?
    • Introduction to stamp carving
    • Techniques for creating a motif
    • Basis of the color
  • U3

    We are developing the project

    • Finding inspiration
    • Sketching and preparing the motifs
    • Transfer the motif to the rubber stamp
    • Carving & test printing
    • Carving & Test Printing (Part 2)
    • Printing on fabric
    • Printing on Fabric (Part 2)
    • Printing on Fabric (Part 3)
  • U4

    My recommendations

    • Cleaning the stamps
    • Polishing the cutting blades
    • Social media
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Block Printing

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Introduction to Block Printing. Craft course by Ali Baecker | 3 Dotted Penguins

Introduction to Block Printing

A course by Ali Baecker | 3 Dotted Penguins
Printmaker and Surface Designer. Zürich, Switzerland.
Joined April 2022
  • 100% positive reviews (15)
  • 1466 students