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WHAT is art journaling?

Art journaling is a no-rules, creative practice that requires NO artistic training or experience. Process is the emphasis, not product. It's healing, transformative, cathartic, fun, and satisfying. It frees your heart and your mind. We'll show you how to use paint, collage, rubber stamps and more. We'll guide you to combine journaling with art making to arrive at heart-opening self-awareness!

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

ALL of your materials are included. The studio is OVERFLOWING with amazing art supplies, more than you could possible collect yourself at home. ("It's like Disneyland for the creative spirit!") No need to clear your table off to make space. It's all ready for you to have fun making art and making a mess!

What are you waiting for?



MONDAYS, 6:30-9:30PM


Monday and Wednesday classes are open to all genders.




Unfold Your Creative Spirit Studio

85 La Plaza in Cotati

Just an hour north of the Bay Area, 30 min from Marin and in the heart of Sonoma county.

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SINGLE CLASS: $50 includes all materials

FIRST TIMER? You don't need to bring a thing! Everything is included in the experience, INCLUDING a high quality mixed media sketchbook (retail value $18-20), perfect for starting your art journaling journey! 


RSVP FEES are required and deducted from your class fee.

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Click to see examples of art journal pages by Susie and her students.

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More about art journaling...

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.

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

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!
— maryanne M.


  • Weekly art journaling prompts offered
  • Letting go of your expectations
  • 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...


  • Prepping pages for journaling
  • Getting started
  • Quick and dirty backgrounds
  • Intuitive collage
  • Rubber stamping
  • Spray inks
  • Creative ways to paint
  • Stenciling...and more...


  • Paints
  • Foam and bristle brushes
  • Huge selection of stencils
  • Huge selection of rubber stamps
  • Huge selection of collage materials
  • Colored pencils
  • Vintage manual Corona typewriter
  • Gel pens
  • Sticker letters
  • Inspirational quotes...and more...


Your RSVP is NON-REFUNDABLE. If your plans change up to 2 days ahead of time you may switch your RSVP fee to a future class date.  Your fee is forfeited if you cancel within 2 days (48 hours) of the beginning of class.