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A Christmas Alphabetica--a handbound book

Falling in love again.  Has this ever happened to you?  It happens to me occasionally, and when I fall, I fall hard.  Here are just a few of my loves, basically in chronological order:  crayons, minty smelling paste, tempera paint, paper mache, watercolor, acrylic paints--you get the idea, right?

Allow me to introduce you to the newest addition to my arty loves list.

It's a liquid paper mache from Activa--I put it in a squeeze bottle, the kind you find for mustard or ketchup at a restaurant, which was just perfect for squeezing the paper mache into the tiny molds I was using.
This is a silicone mold, intended for use with polymer clay, and it's very detailed.  The Li-Qua-Che popped right out when dry, and picked up every minute detail of the mold.  I also appreciate the fact that you can use a damp finger to "sand" down any overflow areas.

 All painted shiny for some Christmas embellishing . . .

These seemed perfect for a Christmas Alphabetica book I've been filling.  It's basically a Christmas ABC book, with Christmas greetings from around the world thrown in for good measure.

I completely reverted to five-year-old me, and wanted to glue ALL these shiny baubles to the cover--no, really, EVERY single one of them--but big girl me won out in the end.

Inside the book, here is the "G" page--G is for Gabriel, and God Jul, which is Swedish and Norwegian for the Christmas greeting Good Yule.  You can find the book in kit form, along with full instructions on making the handbound book form, HERE at Altered Pages.

Watch all this month for more Christmas creations with Altered Pages and Activa Products.
 Happy Christmas Crafting to you!


  1. Your embellishments turned out beautiful!

  2. Now I want to try this product. Love the details.

  3. Looks interesting! And it just pops right out of the silicone mold? What if you have other kinds of molds? Do you have to use a release agent then?

    1. Depends on the molds, here is the low down from Activa. Great for non-fired ceramic like application. Light weight, resistant to breakage and crazing. Simply stir to ensure evenness after storage – and pour into any porous mold. When the Liquiché level in the mold drops down and the “wall” is as thick as desired – pour excess back into original container. Allow molded portion to dry down until ready to
      separate from the mold, easily. Let dry thoroughly and you are ready to paint – with any paint, marker, dye, stain or varnish. The surface finishing options are endless.

  4. Yep, popped right out of the silicone mold. I also used it with some candy molds, and they were a little larger, so took a little longer to dry--those I had to tap for the release. Those I spritzed with a little water before squirting in the mache. I also used some stone paper molds, those I also spritzed, and they came out quite easily after they were dry. I think the trick may be to allow them to dry completely before trying to remove them.


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