Wendy Hale Davis is an amazing artist (actually she's simply an amazing person) I'm fortunate to have as a friend. (I've actually held many of her journals in my hands and been able to look through them. I think her life and her mind are pretty amazing!) She binds the most wonderful books with leather covers decorated with leather dyes.
A recent series of journals have had painted canvas covers. You can see three of these recent journals in the above image. (You can also see these journals and more images at Wendy's blog.)
Wendy begins a journal by giving it a title. This title is then in someway reflected in the cover artwork. In various posts on her blog you'll find other images of her journals and the wonderful approaches she has employed. Also you'll find glimpses inside various journals she's kept over the years. The journal pages are filled with her wonderful calligraphy and illustrations as you will see in this other post which shows page spreads from Flying Cloud. Her journals are illuminated manuscripts—a joy to look through.
If you missed my earlier post about Wendy's podcast on creativity with Ricë Freeman Zachery now might be a good time to go and listen to that. You can put a voice to the artwork as well. (She has a wonderful voice.)
Wendy lives in Austin, Texas. She teaches bookbinding classes so watch her workshop listings or contact her for more details. You'll learn bookbinding—but by spending time with Wendy you'll also be inspired to think more, see more, and smile a whole lot more.