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Come to a Crafty Tea Party at Etsy Labs

Mar 4, 2010

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

Tumble down the rabbit hole and grab a paint brush, for this week we’re painting tea cups and sipping fine tea for Craft Night at the Etsy Labs! Join us for this tea-themed evening — whether you’re in Brooklyn, or anywhere in the world.

Stop by for our weekly Craft Night in our online classroom, the Virtual Labs, for live online demos. Aya Rosen from LoucheLab will host an online workshop highlighting her ceramic painting techniques at 5 p.m. ET in the Virtual Labs. At 6 p.m. ET, Andy from Adagio will share tips on tea preparation and a bit on the history of tea. (Click here to see what time 5 p.m. ET is in your hometown.)

As ever, you can join Craft Night in person at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn anytime between 4-8 p.m. at 55 Washington Street, Suite 512 in Brooklyn, New York. Craft Night is a time to make things, sharpen your craft skills and connect with fellow crafters… and drink tea!

On Monday, March 8, Aya Rosen will share her techniques for freestyle dishware decoration that centers around taking a generic-looking dish and making it personal, special, creative and fun by using doodling, drawing, painting, stickers and hand-cut stencils to make something special and unique. These tips are also spelled out step-by-step in this week’s How-Tuesday post.

Aya says, “One of my favorite things about working in this manner is that there’s no right and wrong. It’s all about playing around with shapes, colors and my own personal style, and making something that captures my mood at a specific moment.” Our pals from Adagio will also be sharing a sampling of green teas for us to try and an encyclopedic knowledge of tea history and brewing techniques.

If you are attending Craft Night at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, please bring a box or other container for carrying home your work post crafting. We will provide all the supplies for free, including a cup and saucer, though you are welcome to bring along extra dishes to decorate. White or light colored ceramic pieces are recommended, as the color will pop more. Thrift stores are a great place to find old dishware ready for revamping. Also, feel free to bring tea time snacks to share!

About the this week’s teacher, Aya Rosen: My background is in advertising — that was my “adult” work phase — but after moving to New York I got an amazing chance to not have to go back to that and to use my skills for good instead of evil. In the past three and a half years I’ve been making art and crafts, which I sell in my Etsy shop, LoucheLabs, and recently, getting more into photography. I love to just make art all the time, whether it’s a painting, a teapot or a photo. One of my favorite things is changing mediums, but keeping the same themes, color scales and aesthetics.

I live in Brooklyn, NY, with my husband Ned, who’s the most amazing photographer, and our two motorcycles, Jesse and Olga. When I’m not making art, I’m usually asleep, sitting in a local coffee shop or wasting time reading strange science blogs online. You can learn more about me on my website, Etsy Featured Seller interview, and Handmade Portrait video.

If you are attending Craft Night virtually this week and would like to craft along with us, you’ll need to gather the following supplies:

  • A piece of china to paint. It may be any white china, ceramic or porcelain.
  • 1 fine tip Pebeo Porcelaine 150 marker. I used 08 Anthracite Black.
  • A few colors of Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paint. I used 43 Ivory, 18 Sapphire Blue, 20 Turquoise, and just a tiny bit of 05 Coral Red, 01 Citrine Yellow, 10 Tourmaline Red.
  • A paint brush or two, a pallet to mix paint on (I use a plate) and a few cotton swabs to fix mistakes
  • Rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner
  • A standard kitchen oven to bake the piece and set the colors

A photo from last week’s hat-making Craft Night with Desira Pesta.

Upcoming Events at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn:
3/7: Church of Craft meeting
3/15: Applique with Natalie from Alabama Chanin
3/22: Finger Puppets with Kata Golda
3/29: Open Craft Night



Looking for further crafting inspiration? 

Hand-Painted Dishes How-To | Jan Svankmajer’s Alice in Wonderland | How-Tuesday Projects

Will we see you on Monday? Let us know in the comments below.

Dover Tea Cups Pair
Dover Tea Cups Pair
Hillbilly teacup
Hillbilly teacup
Silver Tiny Whimsical Teapot Studs
Silver Tiny Whimsical Teapot Studs
Wheel Thrown Porcelain Blue Coffee cup
Wheel Thrown Porcelain Blue Coffee cup
1987 Yamasson 24k Trimmed Porcelain 15 Piece Tea Service Boxed
1987 Yamasson 24k Trimmed Porcelain 15 Piece Tea Service Boxed
Vintage Retro Yellow Metal Tea Kettle
Vintage Retro Yellow Metal Tea Kettle
Two White on White Happy Couple mugs
Two White on White Happy Couple mugs
Beautiful tea strainer  with curled grip with a fitting bowl
Beautiful tea strainer with curled grip with a fitting bowl
Organic UPLIFT tea 15-20 cups HAPPINESS in a cup
Organic UPLIFT tea 15-20 cups HAPPINESS in a cup


  • Laurasbox

    Laurasbox said 10 years ago

    I would like to be there :)

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 10 years ago

    I love a good tea party!!! Love all the great items here!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring.

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 10 years ago

    Inspired by the blog earlier this week I purchased some white cups at my local thrift store! Sadly I will be working on this craft project on my own in Seattle but maybe I can talk my hubby into joining me :-)

  • KOALACaddie

    KOALACaddie said 10 years ago

    Aya's work is exquisite. Her birds made me hold my breath for fear of startling them!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 10 years ago

    so 'mad hatter'isque..could really take these places!!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 10 years ago

    Very pretty. I love tea and tea cups!

  • eribooo

    eribooo said 10 years ago

    Oooh fancy. Very inspiring!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 10 years ago

    always love your ideas for craft night.

  • whiletheyplay

    whiletheyplay said 10 years ago

    ooh! these would all look ADORABLE whilst wearing my spring mitts: :)

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 10 years ago

    Gosh I wish I could come! I'm still working on getting my own supplies to test my hand at the How-Tuesday tutorial of painting my own porcelain. Have fun!

  • littlebrownbird

    littlebrownbird said 10 years ago

    What a fun idea for craft night! Love the tea cup idea!

  • FrostedTreats

    FrostedTreats said 10 years ago

    Ohhh! I wish I could come!! Oddly enough, I will be working that evening at a tea shop ;) Have fun!

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 10 years ago

    Count me in. I can't miss this workshop. I love tea!

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination said 10 years ago

    I love tea, green please. This looks like so much fun!

  • pinkdandyshop

    pinkdandyshop said 10 years ago

    Very nice! I love this project!!

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 10 years ago

    smashing idea. have fun y'all!

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 10 years ago

    Love the yellow tea pot. And tea time is my favorite time of the day!

  • wolfandwillow

    wolfandwillow said 10 years ago

    OOh, my friend and I will be there with bells on... wonder what time that is in Australia? I better check it out x

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 10 years ago

    I would love to be there in person but I won't be able to :( Maybe next time! I love the picks :)

  • SiuTing1108

    SiuTing1108 said 10 years ago


  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 10 years ago

    What a lovely project!! The tea cups are really special.

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 10 years ago

    Ooo what fun that will be! Lovely tea inspired finds here :)

  • impulseART

    impulseART said 10 years ago

    I love cups!! So I love this article and all the cute cups in it!

  • heatbria

    heatbria said 10 years ago

    I absolutely love tea. It has quickly become my new obsession. My most favorite tea is by Harney and Sons called Hot Cinnamon Spice. Wondering what's your favorite?

  • LoveAppleBoutique

    LoveAppleBoutique said 10 years ago

    I cant wait to go....I love tea cups....gonna check out the local trift store for more cups and saucers to bring along.

  • InspiringColors

    InspiringColors said 10 years ago

    looks good!

  • InspiringColors

    InspiringColors said 10 years ago

    looks good!

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 10 years ago

    Sounds fun! Awesome tea themed finds!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 10 years ago

    Collections of gorgeous dragon and floral designs oriental tea sets were my delight as a teen, The peaceful, tranqual artwork portrayed on the tea sets is divine, thanks for this uplifting article

  • LilianEveDesigns

    LilianEveDesigns said 10 years ago

    Oh my goodness...I LOVE all of it. I'd take one of each if I could:)! Love the teal and yellow combo for spring;)!

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    nuritdesign said 10 years ago


  • good4you

    good4you said 10 years ago

    I love tea too!

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 10 years ago

    Love the items! Tea cups are so collectable and those are soooooo cute!

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 10 years ago

    One of my favorite things! I just love this & everything about it :)

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous work and really skillfully crafted!

  • yevgenia

    yevgenia said 10 years ago

    Oh, this is fun!!! I finally spotted an Etsy Lab night that's up my alley, i'm totally going to be there!

  • seaofbees

    seaofbees said 10 years ago

    i wish i lived in brooklyn.. the bird cup is absolutely adorable! love it!

  • BethBoudin

    BethBoudin said 10 years ago

    I simply love this!!!! Thank you so much for posting this! So interesting.

  • PicturesqueBrooklyn

    PicturesqueBrooklyn said 10 years ago

    This was my favorite craft night so far!! So much fun and I LOVE my tea cup! Im excited to make more in my spare time! Thanks Julie and Aya!!

  • MeltiesNmore

    MeltiesNmore said 10 years ago

    The craft night online was wonderful, but I did get a phone call in the middle? Can any one tell me the name of the paint markers she used, again?

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 10 years ago

    Such great items! I love that yellow teapot!

  • juliemorissette

    juliemorissette said 10 years ago

    it was Porcelaine 150 markers from Pebeo

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 10 years ago

    Ah! I just scored a clear glass vintage suspendu type teacup-next time I'll keep my eye open for a thrift store china piece!

  • GrannyGrant

    GrannyGrant said 10 years ago

    Love, love, love your pretty things! GrannyGrant

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