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Classes 

Hi! My name is Annie Reiser. I am a certified Zentangle® teacher and botanical illustrator. I offer Zentangle® and other art classes in the Boulder-Longmont-Estes Park-Denver area for groups of all sizes. My lessons are customized to your needs ranging from private, in-home lessons, small art groups, classrooms, to corporate team-building settings, conventions, and conferences. ​To flex with the COVID-19 outbreak, I started offering on-line classes using the Zoom platform. 

If the classes below don't fit your schedule, I will work to find a time that accommodates your needs. Minimum of six students for custom classes. Prices vary according to class type and materials cost.

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My Bitty Book of Comfort Kit - Tangling Through COVID-19

Video Class and Kit

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I would like to commemorate our unique experience of tangling together through COVID-19 with the Denver Botanic Gardens noon Zoom sessions with this project. So many of you let me know how much comfort the Zentangle® drawing method has offered you, and I’m glad that I’ve made “tangling addicts” of many who participated. Most of all, I’m grateful that we could connect as a creative community (globally) during the craziness of this terrible pandemic. Thank you for inspiring me with the works you shared – and just showing up faithfully for our mini Zoom sessions. I think we all found comfort in each other. Thank you for this experience. I will never forget it!

 

This class includes a video lesson with a kit sent to you so you can construct the book when you have finished drawing your content. Your kit includes, 22 Bijou tiles, one decorative paper, four Tangle Tags, handmade leather cover, three instructional files, and one instructional video. The handmade journal cover is lasered on fine, full-grain, Italian leather, treated with atom wax for a supple finish, and burnished edges. You can choose between two colors in the store; beige and brown. Be sure to download your digital files within 30 days, after which they expire. Free shipping. Note - your kit will automatically ship to your billing address unless you instruct us otherwise in an email to Botangle@outlook.com.

Click here to purchase class and kit BROWN

Click here to purchase class and kit BEIGE

Click here to purchase class and kit ROSE PATTERN

Honey Bee Mine Two-part Zentangle® Video Class

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I am offering this Zentangle®-inspired art video class by popular demand. It includes links to the two recordings from the live on-line class. You will see exactly what the online participants saw (except for the "housekeeping" intro) and hear all of their questions and comments. You will also receive a 6-page handout with detailed instructions on "How To Draw Honey Bee Mine."

 

As if set in a glittering amber jewel, this honey bee is waiting for you to give it your your own personality. In this video lesson, you will:

Part I - transfer your “string” or contour drawing using the provided template onto a 7.5x7.5 -inch, 140-lb. hot press watercolor paper or comparable multi-media paper. After we “tangle” the image, one step at a time, (add the patterns) we will shade our inked drawing with graphite pencil and glaze it with water;

Part 2- use watercolor pencils to color over this “underpainting,” layering until we reach the rich saturation pictured here. Finally, we will “add some love” by cleaning up lines, adding highlights and some glitz with gold and pearlescent paints. Please download the files provided upon purchase within 30 days at which time they will expire. Note: This class was inspired by CZT Midori Furuhashi's Beetle Zia class I took. PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THIS PROJECT FOR SALE OR SHOW AS YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK. Thanks!

Under the Sea
Two-part Zentangle® - Inspired Art Video Class
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I am offering this Zentangle®-inspired art video class by popular demand. It includes links to two recordings; one from the live on-line class. You will also receive a 6-page handout with a supplies list and detailed instructions on "How To Draw Under the Sea."

 

This is the second in a series of Zentangle-inspired art I’ve designed, starting with “Honey Bee Mine.” “Under the Sea” features a tiny seahorse, drawn from a specimen that I found on an Italian beach. It is waiting for you to tangle and paint an inviting seahorse home. You will transfer your “string” or contour drawing using a provided template onto a 7.5x7.5 -inch 140-lb. hot press watercolor paper or comparable multi-media paper before our first class.

On the first of this two-part video, we will “tangle” the image, one step at a time, (add the patterns) and shade our inked drawing with graphite pencil. Video number two was taped during the originally offered on-line class with an add on of me finishing the demo piece step by step. This second video shows how to use watercolor pencils to glaze over the “underpainting,” layering until we reach the rich saturation pictured here. Finally, we will “add some love” by cleaning up lines and adding some glitz with copper and pearlescent paints. Please download your template file and a list of supplies (within 30 days of course purchase). Note: This series was inspired by CZT Midori Furuhashi's Beetle Zia class I took. PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THIS PROJECT FOR SALE OR SHOW AS YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK. Thanks!

Bugle Boy
Two-part Zentangle® - Inspired Art Video Class
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I am offering this edited and enhanced video class originally recorded for the Zentangle teachers who attended the Rocky Mountain Zentangle Retreat 2021. It includes links to the two recordings from the live, on-line class. You will see what the online participants saw (except for the "housekeeping" intros) with enhanced closeups and hear all of their questions and comments, including a lively discussion on Colorado wildlife and our favorite art supplies. You will also receive an 8-page handout with detailed instructions on "How To Draw Bugle Boy" a supplies list, a template, tangles list, and links to the two instructional videos. 

 

As if set in a glittering amber jewel, this bugling elk is waiting for you to give it your your own personality. In this video lesson, you will:

Part 1- transfer your “string” or contour drawing using the provided template onto a 7.5x7.5 -inch 140-lb. hot press watercolor paper or comparable multi-media paper. After we “tangle” the image, one step at a time, (add the patterns) we will shade our inked drawing with graphite pencil and glaze it with water. 

 

Part 2- use watercolor pencils to color over this “underpainting,” layering until we reach the rich saturation pictured here. Finally, we will “add some love” by cleaning up lines, adding highlights and some glitz with metallic gold paint. Please download the files provided upon purchase within 30 days, at which time the link will expire. Once downloaded, the videos will never expire. Note: This class was inspired by CZT Midori Furuhashi's Beetle Zia class I took.

PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THIS PROJECT FOR SALE OR SHOW AS YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK. Thanks!

ONLINE Admirable Acorns Zentangle® - Inspired Art Class
Oct 9, 1-4pm MDT

Includes a kit

SOLD OUT - CLOSED

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The mighty oak – it’s considered sacred by many cultures and is a common symbol of strength and endurance. What a perfect image for the past year. Join Annie Reiser, a certified Zentangle® teacher and art instructor at the Denver Botanic Gardens, to create a small framable art piece celebrating the mighty oak. As a small child Annie was always drawn to the plentiful acorns in the neighborhood park across the street from her house. The promise of mighty oaks hidden within something so small fascinated her. She loved gathering acorns to make all sorts of crafty things and, as an adult, she still loves them. One of her favorite Botangle© designs features these admirable acorns. (A Botangle© is a botanical drawing made with Zentangle® patterns, of which there are literally thousands!)

Annie has selected patterns that are well suited for botangling and will teach you how to draw them at the beginning of class. Though the patterns look complicated, they’re easy to learn one step at a time. Copy her composition or create your own by choosing the patterns you particularly like to use and deciding where to place them. The magic of your design emerges as you shade the patterns and then enhance them by layering colors for a richer and deeper look. Though this class is aimed at those already familiar with the Zentangle® method of drawing, Annie always welcomes enthusiastic new students!

This online class will be recorded and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class.

PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THIS PROJECT FOR SALE OR SHOW AS YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK. Thanks!

ONLINE Needle-Felted Fairy Tale Mushrooms Class
Oct 24, 1-3:30pm MDT

Includes a kit (Sold Out)

SOLD OUT - CLOSED

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During the holidays, local artist, Annie Reiser, creates colorful displays throughout her house with all shapes and sizes of these magical red mushrooms spotted with white. Ubiquitous in children’s fairy tales and associated with gnomes and other imaginary creatures, the mushrooms are called Amanita muscaria and do in fact exist. They’re one of the oldest hallucinogens known to humans, hence their association with magic, and are used in cultures around the world. Annie’s fanciful mushrooms are needle felted from sheep’s wool roving in red and white but can easily be varied in size and color if you want to make more.

Your finished mushrooms can be added to arrangements of pinecones and greens for a spot of color, piled into a rustic basket, gifted as party favors, or made into ornaments with a loop of gold thread. For a particularly striking display, “plant” them in a bed of moss on a wooden base and cover them with a glass cloche. They may not be magical, but they certainly are charming!

This online class will be recorded and made available to class

Video of what you will learn

Tangled Gemstone Blossom - IN-PERSON CLASS   
November 20, 1-4:00pm MDT

$36 10% Discount for Art Center Members

Class Limited to 10 students

Sold Out

This festive Zentangled ® blossom begins with a pre-strung Zendala to guide our tangles and form a perfect flower. Use this pretty pattern for the holidays as a card or gift tag. We will not only learn a few new tangle patterns, but also “recipes” on how to draw two different types of gemstones. Though this looks complicated, it’s easy taken one step at a time!

Enchanted Tangled Forest - IN-PERSON CLASS   
December 4, 1-3:30pm MDT

$35 10% Discount for Art Center Members

Class Limited to 10 students

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Get into the holiday spirit as you learn the beautiful and versatile tangle from Zentangle® called Opus that can even be turned into a tree! I’ve made these Christmas trees look like a forest of sugar-iced gingerbread cookies with red cinnamon candies. We will concentrate on learning to shade on a tan-toned tile and use a technique to embellish the tree branches with mini red gems. This project was inspired by a tutorial I saw from Barbara Langston, CZT.

Tangled Power Words - IN-PERSON CLASS   
January 8, 1-3:30pm MDT

$35 10% Discount for Art Center Members

Class Limited to 10 students

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Power words “pack a punch,” trigger emotions, and are used by marketers and writers because of their intrinsic connection to our humanity.   

 

What better way to start the new year than by putting to paper your own power word that positively reinforces new year’s resolutions and goals; breathe, create, joy, inspire, love, dream, trust, praise, build, lead, gratitude, mindfulness, etc.

 

Your hand-penned word will be embellished with beautiful ribbon-like Zentangle® patterns and painted with a wet-in-wet watercolor wash. Make your piece into a card, frame it, or just set it somewhere visible as a reminder to yourself of who you strive to be. Note: This class was inspired by one I took through the Rocky Mountain Zentangle Retreat, taught by CZT Deb Prewitt.