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Adventures in Arting Podcast: Ali of 3 Dotted Penguins

Today's guest is Ali Baecker of 3 Dotted Penguins.   Ali is one of the talented #CarveDecemberClass teachers.  We discussed how motherhood transformed her creative passion and how she got bitten by the block carving bug!

If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link.  On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here are some facts: (1) Podcasts are convenient. It's a recording that is available to you whenever and wherever you'd like to listen. You can pause, stop, start, fast forward, and rewind. Stream it through Apple Music or any podcast service. (2) Podcasts are great for listening to while making art. They provide intellectual stimulation and create a bit of company (like hanging out with friends) without the visual distraction of the TV. (3) Podcasts can inspire and educate you. I often find myself jotting down notes when I listen to a podcast. There's so much I want to remember.

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Ali of 3dottedpenguins is printmaker, educator and pattern lover based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Ever since she stumbled upon block printing and stamp carving in summer of 2018, printmaking has become her almost daily (or rather nightly) creative practice.

Ali enjoys creating repeat patterns, loves quirky fishes and other maritime designs.

She mostly block prints on paper and likes to use her block printed designs as a basis for screen prints on fabric.

A selection of 3dottedpenguins’ original block prints, screen printed textiles (such as bags and shirts) as well as cards are available for purchase.

Ali regularly teaches block printing online workshops to students around the world, both in English and German.

She is a firm believer in monthlong (and longer) challenges or creative projects as they have helped her establish a sustainable creative practice and regularly push her to try new things or deepen her block printing and pattern design skills.

Some things we discuss on the podcast:

  • being a multi-linguist
  • positive/negative space
  • photography
  • motherhood
  • screenprinting
  • #printinktober
  • creating a cohesive body of work by showing up on a daily basis
  • Pfeil Tools
  • Flexcut Slipstrop for sharpening tools

Links for Ali:


  • Mom: Written in the Skin
  • Julie: Moo Cards (business and postcards) plus stickers -- you can get 25% off your first order if you use THIS LINK.