Art Journaling Classes (in Mesa, AZ!)

It's been over a year since I last taught in person, and more than that since my last live art journaling class. 

There is such a difference between sharing online and sharing offline -- I can "hide" behind the computer, and usually run away after posting something BIG! But offline, you're really selling yourself and your art, and it can be quite intimidating! 

(But the love and likes and comments I get online often make me stronger & more confident to reach for dreams like teaching in person or getting my art hung in a gallery -- I haven't done that last part yet, but know that your comments and inquiries about paintings have started making me feel like I can do it!)

This new work I've been doing is so rewarding and has me excited to play and experiment every day, and I really want to share what I've discovered so far with all of you

Here's the deets on local, in-person classes I'm teaching this month. And! I'm filming an online version of the color and texture class this week, so if you're interested in that, start saving up now! 

Both classes are at in my shared studio space @ Artspiration Studio, in Mesa, AZ.

Art Journaling w/ color, texture, and shape (click here to register!)
Saturday, May 17th 2-6:30 PM
Teacher: Samie Harding
Cost: $65

Have you always loved texture and color? In this art journaling class, you’ll explore your own palette by discovering which of your favorite colors work well together, create a million layers (roughly), and learn more texture-making techniques than you thought were possible! We’ll be doing collage, stamping, and figure-drawing (or tracing!) in our art journals before diving into a bright sea of color. This is extreme acrylic layering like you’ve never seen before!

We’ll also be creating own own tools, modifying ones you can grab at the dollar store, and playing with those available in the studio. Get ready for a messy day of paint & self-expression!

(All tools welcome except the paintbrush! I know…no paintbrushes? Yep! Anyone can do it, no matter what your experience level may be. You’ll learn a lot about acrylics either way!)

Supply list Needed for Class:

Favorite acrylic paints
ink pads
pencils & markers
glue (gel medium, mod podge, etc)
palette knives (plastic or metal) or spatulas (dollar store)
2-3 catalyst tools (my particular favorites are: Blade No. 1 in size 15 and Blade No. 2 in size 30 )

Stamp Carving (click here to register!)

Thursday, May 29th 6:30-9 PM
Teacher: Samie Harding
Cost: $35

Have you always wanted to make your own stamps but never knew where to begin? In this short introductory class, we’ll learn how to make hand-carved stamps from start to finish, including the basic tools and terminology you’ll need, materials you can carve, & how to draw and transfer your designs! You’ll also learn a bit more about what paints are best for stamping on mixed-media journal pages or canvases. Don’t worry if you don’t have any stamp ideas yet — you’ll be provided with a sheet of original designs to practice with!

The supplies needed for this class can be found in any arts & crafts store or online at

 Supply List

Stamp Carver Handle
#1 and #4 carving blades
(Grab the Speedball Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit to get everything you need in one box!)
Dollar Store erasers
Black ink pad
(Optional: art journal to test print in, ruler for straight lines, additional carving blades, pink or white carving blocks)

Do What Feels Right for YOU

Digital Adventures started today! I thought I'd share the intro video with you just in case you were on the fence, or were still unclear as to what the class is about!

I was talking to Andrea this morning -- check out her Creative Dream Incubator, by the way; it's on my dream list of classes to take & looks like FUN! (in between bouts of panic, as every launch has to have some kind of issue, however small!) about class size vs. value. As in, is it better to have a big class that costs less, or a small class that costs more

As we chatted, I realized I'd rather teach a smaller class of invested students than a large class where I don't have time to get to know everyone. I love small, intimate classes -- they feel much more like parties, and everyone gets to chat and know one another and watch not only their progress during the class, but everyone else's. It's like having a team of cheerleaders. I want to get to know my students, and with Digital Adventures, many of the students are my friends! So I'm super excited to sit down and put together each lesson because it's really just a long-distance Skype call of me sharing what I love. Doesn't that sound like the kind of class you'd want to take?

So I've decided to do a few things:

  • I'm going to limit the size of my live classes so I can give each person individual attention, check in with them, and help tailor the experience to their level.
  • I'll then open up classes as self-study (you get the content, but don't get to join the party!).
  • I'm going to retire some of my old classes and cycle them out as new classes are added.

Is this scary? YES! But Andrea was wise when she said you have to go with what feels right to you. And Wren added that you have to do what you have lasting enthusiasm for

We also touched on changing exchange if the scope of a project changes. When I started Creative Warriors, I intended on it being a low-energy investment each month -- a PDF or blog entries, guided journaling, and support. Now, it includes project videos, a Facebook group (full of chatting, awesome women!), and a monthly 'zine of guidance and inspiration that contributors can get paid for (hopefully!).

It has evolved as the needs of its creator and group became clearer.

I have guest posts lined up, people to interview, and so much joy for the 'zine, I might burst. Check out these messages I've gotten so far:

"The zine is great. I'm delving into it now and wanted to pause for a moment to tell you you've done a great job. I really connected with what you said about living with a Shadow Life. I look forward to the next installment."
"I just finally had a chance to read through the zine [and] it's absolutely WONDERFUL. You can see so much of your heart and soul in this, dear! it's so needed right now too, it gave me such a jump start after two weeks of barely being alive with so much stress and no energy. THANK YOU for putting this out, and i hope beyond hope for you that it works out!  at least the pain means you're alive? yes, THIS. on so many levels."

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to squeeze in a little more art before my business trip (I know! I have another one! To SF!) later this week. Have you SEEN my to-do list? What's sleep again? I was up at 6:30 am this morning! I think I deserve a snack from Sonic, yes? With all the energy I'm putting into this, Art Journal Summer School may be the last live class I do online this year. Especially if I keep getting work from magazines & artists!