Bringing Imagination to Life with Pancakes and @kevin_blankenship
For more of Kevin’s fantastical pancake art, follow @kevin_blankenship on Instagram.
For Oklahoma writer, producer and cartoonist Kevin Blankenship (@kevin_blankenship), keeping his creativity alive as a working dad came in an unlikely form: pancakes.
Forgoing an inkwell for a bowl of pancake batter, Kevin brings cartoon creations to life on his griddle. As he explains, “Becoming a parent really slows your creative juices if you’re not careful. A full-time job can sap the rest. Although I don’t get to draw as much as I used to, I found a way to incorporate it into Sunday breakfast every week. The results have gotten out of control and taken a life of its own.”
"I have two eager boys who like making pancake requests," he says, "so my feed is peppered with odd, but fun submissions. The three-year-old’s requests are the toughest. If it’s not a tree monster with skeletons hanging from it, it’s a velociraptor with boxing gloves or a monster with a chicken head and octopus arms, bunny ears and big feet. I love the creativity—and he’s a tough critic. Syrup won’t solve any of my mistakes."
Want to try your hand at pancake cartooning like Kevin? He shares some pointers below.
"I use Bisquick in every recipe, milk, one egg, three tablespoons of organic sugar and one tablespoon of vanilla," Kevin explains. "I thin the batter and use condiment bottles for control."
Most importantly, however, Kevin advises, “Let the kids participate. It’s fun that way. Enjoy the mistakes (with syrup) and start simple. I started with Mickey Mouse—It’s just three circles. You don’t have to have an artistic background to do it, just have fun.”
Reminds me of my childhood and early parenting, we did much more simple pancake art…was always in a hurry to eat them :)
Ahhh, experiencing this…
He wants me to be with Him where He is.“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am…..” John 17:24a
That is one good reason to respond to His invitation to have relationship now. That first step of believing He is who He says He is or that daily time of reading His love letter and pouring out my heart to Him. He gave Himself and His words. I can give myself, ‘as I am, not as I should be, because none of us are as we should be.’ (Brennan Manning quote)
He wants me.
I want to let that sink in a little deeper.
Red Bridge, Kyoto, Japan
photo via eliana
So much beauty in Japan.