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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.

Original Drawing - Male 03 & 4
Original Drawing - Male 03 & 4
LoucheLab
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Original Drawing - Male 07
Original Drawing - Male 07
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Original Drawing - Male 09
Original Drawing - Male 09
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Original Drawing - Male 06
Original Drawing - Male 06
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Original Drawing - Male 08
Original Drawing - Male 08
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Original Drawing - Male 05
Original Drawing - Male 05
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Original Drawing - Male 02
Original Drawing - Male 02
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Original Drawing - Male 01
Original Drawing - Male 01
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The Night is Purer than the day - Original Tattoo Art
The Night is Purer than the day - Original Tattoo Art
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Freedom & Fury - Original painting
Freedom & Fury - Original painting
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No place like home  - Original painting
No place like home - Original painting
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Filth and Beauty  - Original painting
Filth and Beauty - Original painting
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Here & Now - Original painting
Here & Now - Original painting
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My biggest fear is my biggest desire - Original painting
My biggest fear is my biggest desire - Original painting
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Dover Tea Cups Pair
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Hillbilly teacup
Hillbilly teacup
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Silver Tiny Whimsical Teapot Studs
Silver Tiny Whimsical Teapot Studs
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Wheel Thrown Porcelain Blue Coffee cup
Wheel Thrown Porcelain Blue Coffee cup
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1987 Yamasson 24k Trimmed Porcelain 15 Piece Tea Service Boxed
1987 Yamasson 24k Trimmed Porcelain 15 Piece Tea Service Boxed
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Vintage Retro Yellow Metal Tea Kettle
Vintage Retro Yellow Metal Tea Kettle
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Two White on White Happy Couple mugs
Two White on White Happy Couple mugs
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Beautiful tea strainer  with curled grip with a fitting bowl
Beautiful tea strainer with curled grip with a fitting bowl
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Organic UPLIFT tea 15-20 cups HAPPINESS in a cup
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