Tiffany Zajas | Start to Finish

Hi there! Welcome!! Tiffany is someone I recently started following on instagram and the moment I saw her work I wanted to just soak in all her creative inspiration! She’s adorable, her boys are seriously the cutest and I am so excited to have her on the Illustrated Faith creative and education team!!! Please give Tiffany a warm welcome!
Hello! I’m Tiffany, a wife and mama enjoying life in Nashville, TN with my amazing husband and two little boys. I’m an enthusiast of all things creative, and I also have a heart for encouraging others in their walk with God. When I discovered Bible Journaling, I was thrilled that I could combine these two passions of mine. This truly has revolutionized my quiet times with God and has helped me interact with his word in a way I never have before.
I’m so excited to be here today and to get to share with you a glimpse into how I illustrate a page in my Bible from start to finish. I truly believe that there is no one right way for doing this…really, you just have to try different things and figure out what works best for you! On a typical day, here is what works for me! :)
1. I start out simply by just reading my Bible. Right now, I’m going through the 365 Days of Truth plan by She Reads Truth and it has been amazing. As I’m doing my daily reading, I will highlight or take note of any scriptures that really jump out at me. Once I’m finished with my reading, I’ll go back and choose one of the highlighted passages that truly speaks to me and I’ll start working on that. For this page, I chose John 3:16. Most of us are pretty familiar with this verse, but for some reason when I read it this time it stuck out to me even more. I love how it says “For God SO loved the world…” (emphasis mine) and I believe God wants us to read this scripture in a personal way and know that each of us are truly SO loved. So that’s how I decided on using “You are so loved” for my wording.
2. As I think more on the particular passage I’m working on, often a certain image or combination of colors come to my mind and I’ll use that for the direction of my illustrations for that page. In this case, I thought of a field of brightly colored wildflowers along with a bold script font.
3. Once I know the direction that I want to go, I’ll start sketching out the lettering first so that I know I can fit in all the words that I want to. I always use a pencil first, because you never know when you’ll have to erase and move some things around. (I had to do that a few times here in order to make the lettering not look too cramped). I like having the flexibility of pencil lines before making things permanent with ink.
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4. Next I’ll outline and then fill in the letters with my pen. (Note: sometimes I sketch in my illustration as well before doing this…just depends on what I feel like doing that day. Haha.) Here I used my Sharpie pen in black. I like this pen because it doesn’t bleed through the thin pages of my Bible at all.
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5. To get some inspiration for my wildflowers, I searched “wildflowers” in Google Images and scrolled through to look at lots and lots of images of flowers. Don’t be afraid of looking at photographs, etc. to inspire yourself. (However, if you do completely copy a photo or design, be sure to give credit to your original source). :) Once I was inspired by all the flowery goodness, I sketched in my design using my handy dandy pencil.
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6. When all of my flowers were sketched in, I then used my markers to color them in. Here, I mainly used my Bic Mark-It markers because I really loved these particular colors for this design. However, these do bleed through MAJORLY so I made sure to put a scrap piece of paper under the page I was working on. My favorite markers to use in my Bible (thanks to Shanna for the recommendation) are the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens as they don’t bleed through and are also so vibrant and pigmented. (I just need to get more colors!) :)
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7. Once the base colors are down with my markers, I’ll go in and do some shading and detailing with my colored pencils. You could leave it with just the markers, but I love how the colored pencils add a sense of depth to the design. Here, I used my Derwent Inktense pencils (I also love Faber-Castell’s pencils!).
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8. To finish things off, just erase any leftover pencil marks. Remember to be gentle while you’re erasing, because the pages are fragile. And then, VOILA! You are done!
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This page was a little more involved and time consuming because of how detailed the flowers were, but I had lots of fun with it! I hope that this inspires you to grab your Bible and go create!
A huge thank you to Shanna for inviting me to be a part of the Illustrated Faith Education and Creative Team! And thanks to you for reading! You can follow along on more of what I’m doing in my Journaling Bible on my Instagram or Blog. Come by and say hello! I’d love to hear from you! :)
Thank you so much Tiffany, I love how you break it down step by step. It really makes it so inviting for anyone!
Have a wonderful day!
– Shanna
6 Comments
  1. JULIE HART 2 years ago

    Wow thanks for takging the time to share this with us. I NEVER thought of this passage so vividly before! Bringing life to God’s word is my favorite part of Bible journaling!! ((Can’t wait to add some good pens and fine markers to my art center arsenal))

  2. Janine 2 years ago

    This is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your process. I hadn’t thought to use pencils after marker. Great idea!

  3. Heather Greenwood 2 years ago

    LOVE this sooo much!!!

  4. Sandy Navlyt 2 years ago

    LOVE your Font and beautiful flowers you created along with vibrate choice of colors!!!! Thank you for sharing your tips. Blessings ~

  5. Casie Gutierrez 2 years ago

    Tiffany,
    thank you so much for sharing your process step by step!!! Super helpful for a newbie journaler!
    Casie

  6. Libby 1 year ago

    What bible do you use for this? With the Margin! I love your work! I would love to start doing this!

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