Susie Stonefield Miller

Nurturing tender hearts.

Guiding shy inner artists out into the light.

Holding space for healing and transformation in creative, connected community.


Art Journaling Studio

for Beginners to Experienced Art Journalists


(always open to newbies and returning students alike)

MONDAYS, 6:30-9:30PM


FRIDAYS, 9:30AM-12:30PM for women only

Art journaling frees your heart and your mind.

Come paint and journal, learn new techniques, and explore the materials. I teach lessons during class on how to use paint, collage, rubber stamps and more; how to loosen up; and how to dig deep into your heart and journal what really is percolating inside you.

Process is the emphasis, not product.

Focus on what feels good to you, not what someone else expects from you.

The art journal, while artistic, is not about creating art, but about personal story, emotions, and process. Using color, texture, line, pattern, marks, collage, images, layers, and words, it is a powerful and joyful tool for uncovering your heart's story, working through what troubles you, and just plain old playful expression.

Techniques I cover:

  • Prepping pages for journaling
  • Getting started
  • Quick and dirty backgrounds
  • Collage
  • Rubber stamping
  • Stenciling...and more...

Journaling lessons I teach:

  • Centering and finding what you want and need to write about
  • Releasing your Inner Critic
  • Hidden writing
  • Creative ways to write on your page
  • Found poetry...and more...

Tea and all the art supplies you need to express yourself and nurture your Inner Artist provided.

Join our group to RSVP for the class you'd like to attend. 

Bring your journal, sketchbook, or an old book. Or buy a new sketchbook in the studio for $18-30.

Here are some sketchbooks I sell in the studio and highly recommend:

 Strathmore Visual Journal          

Canson XL Mixed Media (in either 9x12, 11x14, or 11x17)    

Dylusions Creative Journal



(note: prices are going up on January 1st!)

Your first class is only $10!

Single class fee: $40.

Buy a CLASS DISCOUNT CARD and pay only $35 per class (good for 6 classes)! $150

(You will still need to pay the $10 RSVP fee on Meetup, so you class card covers the rest of the class fee each time.)


"There's something magical about Susie's studio. The amazing array of art supplies out on the counters, people working with so much focus, the soothing music in the background. Can I say that one of the things I love best about it is that I don't have to clear a space in my house to work on my journal? I love coming to Unfold Studio to do my art journaling!" --happy art journaler


(Frequently Asked Questions)

Who is art journaling for? My classes are for beginners on up. I have many many women who come in saying they are NOT artistic and I gently encourage their inner artists to come out into the light. For those who consider themselves artsy, it's heaven too! That's because art journaling is process not product oriented. It is FREEDOM, healing, playtime. It's engrossing!

What happens in class? Basically, when you come for the 3 hour drop-in class I will give you an intro to art journaling, showing you my journals and talking about what art journaling is (a rules free expressive process using art supplies, images, pattern, layers, and words). I give you a tour of the studio and the myriad supplies (paints, rubber stamps, collage extravaganza, stencils, colored pencils, pens, etc. etc. etc.). I teach you how to set up journal pages (to make them sturdy for all the work you'll do on them) and then I set you free to begin your journal.

Do I need to bring anything? You can bring your own sketchbook (I recommend 9x11" or bigger) or buy one for $18-30 in the studio. Everything else is supplied!

What if I don't know how to art journal? Every week I post a journaling prompt (which is optional) and during class I teach and demo techniques and interesting ways to use materials.

Three hours seems like a long time? Can I come late? After teaching this class for a while I've discovered that three hours is the sweet spot. It's just enough time to finish up at least one page, if not more. And it's enough time for sharing. We generally wrap up our work time about 30 minutes before the end of class, clean up, and then have a heart opening sharing time. Sharing is AMAZING in this class. It's really where the community is built and it's such a supportive community!! Everyone really shows up with authenticity, compassion, and inspiration. Sharing your pages is always optional, but most women do feel comfortable enough to do it. (If you come late to class, I suggest you give yourself at least two hours. You may feel a little rushed, but it's enough time to get some work done.)

Can I bring my kids? Sorry, no. Unfold Studio classes are for adults only. It’s a special energy that we create in the studio and the sharing we do is often very personal, often of an adult nature, and we don't want anyone to feel they have to censor themselves due to "young ears."

What do you mean, "it's engrossing"? Art journaling is a healing practice. It's meditative. it's truth-telling. It's visceral. I have to say most of my students really, really feel this. What usually happens is that once you've journaled a couple times you are craving the time to journal some more. During your week something will happen and you'll immediately think, "Oh, I need to journal about that!!"

How much does it cost? Your first class is only $10 (your Meetup RSVP fee). After that it's $40 if you pay by the class or you can get a $5 discount on six classes with a class card for $150. You will still need to pay the $10 RSVP fee each time, this is part of the cost of a class (total of $35 per class). This covers almost all of your materials (everything but the sketchbook!) and time in the studio

Why and why the RSVP FEE? is the online platform I use to find new students (and help them find me!) and manage class attendance and RSVP's. In order to assure you have a seat in the class you want to attend, you need to go to to sign up. Here's a link to my group page. The RSVP fee is $10. If you don't RSVP I'm not able to promise you a seat.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than 48 hours before class I will refund your $10 fee. No refunds within 48 hours of class.

Hope you can make it!

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85 La Plaza

Cotati, CA  94931


Phone: 510-851-2790