We've all marveled at it: the elaborate masterpieces created on a griddle, the steady hand of the world's best dad making his children different, intricate animals to help them learn about nature. It all looks so complicated and time-consuming, but it turns out...
It's really not that hard after all!
First, find some simple drawings online to mark off what colors you'll need to recreate.
This DIY-er used a back-to-school theme, but you can choose pretty much anything. It's easier to search using "illustration" or "drawing" so more simplified images come up.
Grab some squeeze bottles of varying sizes...
And some food dye before you start.
Next, whip up your favorite pancake mix (or use your own recipe, if you must), adding an extra quarter cup of milk to make it easier to squeeze out of the bottles.
Determine how much of each color you'll need, and label your different bottles accordingly.
These longer metal tips are great for details and outlining; take that into account when allotting your colors.
In a small mixing bowl, match your batter to your desired colors.
Once you get the color your want, simply pour the pancake mix into the corresponding labeled bottle.
Repeat in a clean mixing bowl for each color.
Before you start frying, wipe down your griddle with a little bit of vegetable oil. Don't pour it on — use a paper towel.
Turn your burner on low...
And you're ready to paint!
The big secret is to outline each color block, creating a definite barrier.
It also makes it much easier to stay in the lines!
Continue to build your shape one color block at a time...
Until you have a complete drawing, in this case a pencil!
If you messed up any of the edges, you can use your extra-thin spatula to clean up any boo-boos.
Once all the bubbles have popped...
Gently flip your masterpiece to finish cooking on the other side.
After a minute or two, they're ready to eat!
Use the same steps to make whatever your little heart desires!
If you're going to layer, like the stick figure example, draw the red lines and little man first. Then, if you do the blue lines, followed by the white paper, you'll be all set!
There you have it! You're no longer a spectator in the pancake art game — you're the main event! What will you draw first? I think I'll make some pancake cats, or pancake cakes?! Pancake cupcakes? Pancake pan flutes? Now I'm just getting ahead of myself.