This tutorial teaches you how to easily draw a funny jar of jam on paper. You can watch the video, or follow the step-by-step images below.
- A blank sheet of paper
- Crayons in the following colors: cyan, white, blue, pale orange, light green and yellow.
- Pencils in the following colors: cyan, pink, purple, orange and yellow.
- A black-colored liner
Cartoon Jar of Jam Drawing Tutorial Video
Click on the play button below to watch the video. You can always pause the video should it be too fast for you.
Step-By-Step Images and Drawing Instructions
To celebrate the wonders of jam, read on to learn how to create your very own drawing. You can click on the images to make them larger.
Begin by drawing a small, oval shape in the top left corner of the page with a cyan-colored crayon, around an inch (2.5 cm) from the edge, and half an inch (1.3 cm) from the top. Then, draw another smaller loop right inside the first one, using the same cyan-colored crayon.
Carefully fill in the center of this oval shape with a white-colored crayon.
Move to the right hand side of the oval, and draw a long semi-circle shape with a blue-colored crayon, stretching out from the edge of your oval. Bring this up and across so that it is long and thin, and fill in the shape with the blue-colored crayon, a little darker than the filled oval.
Underneath the new shape, draw a long, thin sausage-like shape with a pale orange crayon, and shade this in very gently.
Switch to a cyan-colored pencil. From the bottom of the sausage shape, add a wiggly “frill”, heading downwards from the sausage shape, and joining it at either end.
Add a little shading to the right hand side of the frill, and gradually thicken the wiggly line at the bottom, moving to a thinner line as you head to the left.
Carefully add more shading, this time to the left hand side, using a light green crayon. Leave a small, long and thin sliver unshaded, in the top right hand corner of the shape.
Next, switch to a pink-colored pencil, move to the bottom of the frill shape, and move your pencil downwards, drawing a line which ends around an inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom of the page. Then, curve slightly to a 90 degree angle, and draw a horizontal line the length of the top shape. At the end of this, turn 90 degrees, and join the line to the bottom of the frill – you now have the outline of your jar! Make this line thick and solid.
Add a set of eyes, and a happy smiling mouth to the top of the jar using a black liner. Fill in the eyes almost completely, leaving a few pinpricks of empty space to highlight the light.
Switch to a purple-colored pencil. From the top right hand corner of the jar, draw a line diagonally downwards, making sure it curves to follow the line of the jar. It should increase slightly in width as you move downwards, with the bottom of the line ending just short of halfway across the bottom of the jar. Fill this with a rich purple shade.
Add a few markings; a splodge beneath the right eye, and an “F” shape around the left eye, with a small circle underneath. Fill these shapes with the pink-colored pencil.
Gently add purple shading to the rest of the jar space, using the purple-colored pencil.
Add a few random purple circles with the purple pencil – these are the delicious berries which make the jam!
Move to the right hand side of the shape, level with the blue frill. Using an orange-colored pencil, draw a long, horizontal line which is curved at either end.
Draw two straight lines, down from the curves at the top, and join these with a horizontal line at the bottom. This is the outline of your toast!
Give your toast some personality by adding a circular eye, a sideways triangle for a “wink” and a wriggly mouth, using the black liner.
Add a purple, wriggly shape to the middle of the toast, using the pink-colored pencil and a pink-colored crayon…
And fill in the rest of the shape with a bright yellow pencil.
Add a darker yellow color at the right hand side of the toast to give it some shade, using a yellow-colored crayon.
And voila! You have created your very own jar of jam, along with the essential toast. Now, if you have worked up an appetite, why not take a break and head off to enjoy the real thing – you’ve earned it!
Interesting Facts About the Jam
The humble jam. Seemingly merely an easy way to increase the taste of your toast, this is actually a preserve with a long and rich history. Its origins lie in the depths of the Crusades, where warriors waging war in the Middle East discovered the delicious substance, and immediately returned it to Europe, where the humble jam fast became a royal favorite, finding a new fan in Louis XIV.
Since then, it has become a solid breakfast staple, and incredible popular amongst nations across the world – the Brits became so obsessed with the stuff that it had to be rationed in World War Two, when the Women’s Institute were given around £1400 to purchase sugar, in order to make jam, and keep the country fed. Not bad for a simple sweet treat!