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Handprint heart cutout tutorial

Making and receiving gifts from the heart is one of my favorite ways to incorporate personalization and art into something really special.

This year for Mother’s Day I wanted to make something special for the moms in our lives. I got inspiration on Pinterest and decided to give a try at these hand-print hearts. I made one, loved it and decided to make more and photograph the process to make a tutorial.


Materials Needed:

Heavy duty artists paper (I used watercolor paper)
Painter’s tape
Xacto knife
Washable paint (I used acrylic) in whatever colors you prefer
Paper plates
Black acid-free pen
hands to be painted…I highly encourage having stuff for cleanup handy.

Optional materials:

Blow drier/embossing gun
Fine paint brush
Picture Frame

The basic idea is pretty simple, but it is so much fun for parents and kiddos alike.

  1. Cover your page with painter’s tape.
  2. Pencil or free hand your cut out image and lightly use an Xacto knife to cut only through the painter’s tape.
  3. Peel away the inner portions of the tape to reveal the area you wish to paint on.
  4. Pour out a bit of various colors of paint and paint up kiddo’s hands. (I found that instead of the kids placing their hands in the paint, I spread it on them with a butter knife or spatula that got the parts I needed covered, but didn’t leave big pools of paint on their hands, making a cleaner hand print.)
  5. Have the kids make their handprints. (Optional: use blow drier or embossing gun to dry the paint in between layers so the colors don’t mix.)
  6. Let the whole project dry.
  7. Peel off remaining painter’s tape.
  8. Write favorite quote or poem around the area if you like, which helps reinforce the shape of the painted area.
  9. Frame, enjoy!

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If you try this and enjoy it, I would love to see your art!!!


An Emerald City Birthday

My daughter was about to turn three. Her current obsessions include Wizard of Oz, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Daniel Tiger. So when we asked her what she wanted for her party, she exclaimed she wanted to be “Dorofee with a Emerald City cake.”

It took no time to head to Pinterest for ideas and we threw most of the decorations together ourselves. Below are the results of our Continue reading “An Emerald City Birthday”


Here’s the plan, Stan.

Hello all! I’m Traci, aka Mythical Magpie. As it says on my About Me page, I’m a pagan mom who loves to create and is obsessed with gaming.

I see my tastes quite like a magpie as I gather the things around me that I love and make them my world. I sculpt, sew, crochet, paint, write and draw…much like a Jill of all Trades, I’m definitely not the master of any of the aforementioned listed skills, but I love them and they make me happy!

We’re in the process of migrating from my blogger page over here and I hope to begin a regularly scheduled series of updates.

I plan to have a regular schedule of the four topics:

  • Gaming
  • Crafts
  • Spirituality
  • Family

I will alternate blog and youtube video tutorials and hope you will find at least one topic that keeps you wanting more!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you back here soon!