Introduction: Abstract Pancake Art
Abstract art is a poetic beauty all it's own. It is felt, and not pre-imagined. It expresses a deeper level of one's soul that mere outward reproductions cannot. So why not enjoy abstract art at breakfast to truly start your day off right!?
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ~Aristotle
“The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” ~Kurt Vonnegut
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~Henry Ward Beecher
“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” ~Alberto Giacometti
Step 1: Supplies
Every artist enlists the help of various supplies to aid in creating their masterpiece.
- Pancake mix
- Condiment bottles
- Food coloring
- Mixing bowl
- Frying pan
- Plate (for putting your works of art on)
- Additionally: bowls for making different colors
Step 2: Mix It Up
Make your pancake mix (or recipe) by following the directions. Be sure the mix is runnier to easily squeeze through the bottle tips.
Step 3: Add Life!
Separate your pancake mix into bowls, and fill them with the colors of the rainbow!
Then put the different colors into your condiment bottles. If the bottles aren't see-through, you can label them.
“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways." ~Oscar Wilde
Step 4: Create!
In my artwork above that I titled, Smiling Through the Tears, you can see how beautiful this technique works!
The key to keeping the colors vibrant (and not getting a browned mess) is to have the heat lower. I set mine to halfway between Medium-Low and Medium. This, then, requires you to let your pancake take a little longer to cook. To create a work of art, take your time and don't set a time limit!
1. Draw an outline.
2. Add dimension and free-handed design. Remember, the only colors that will show when it's flipped over are the colors that touch the skillet directly (not when you put colors on top of colors). Think of the black of the skillet as your blank canvas! :)
3. Fill in the rest (right over the top of your design) to give it a smooth finish (and to keep the pancake together, sealing in all your little details).
4. In the last picture, I wanted to show you that with this heat setting, the back of the pancake is as beautifully colored as the front (no browning anywhere).
Step 5: Be Inspired!
For another pancake, I was inspired by Vincent van Gogh's, "Starry Night." Unfortunately, I didn't have enough condiment bottles to do more colors and better details (but maybe it will be my next big project?).
NOTE: If you make any words or anything that you want to be specific in it's placement, you must do a MIRROR image of it when you draw it into your skillet. Otherwise, when you flip it over, it will be backwards.
Step 6: Let's Eat!
When you're done creating, be sure to digest that abstract goodness! And the beautiful thing is, even when you cut up your artwork, it's still just as stunning (and becomes new art) all the way down to the last bite...ENJOY :)
Thanks for visiting...I would love to see your artistic creations below!