Demonstration by Artist Crystal Nelson Jan. 2, 2019

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You are invited to a demonstration by artist Crystal Nelson on January 2nd, from 6:45 – 9:00 pm, and the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton,  TX..

Crystal’s presentation will focus on a technique for creating colorful abstract backgrounds using acrylic ink, fluid acrylics and liquid watercolor. Images are then “found” and drawn in the puddles and drips. An opaque layer of white paint is applied to the negative space to help define the image. She will then demonstrate how to add detail and pattern using various pens and ink for a unique, colorful imaginative painting experience.

Crystal is a teacher and artist who enjoys experimenting and exploring new techniques and materials. Her love of mark-making and surface design is evident in her bold and graphic mixed media paintings, prints and collage work. Colorful botanicals are currently her image of choice. She often begins her work with no clear image in mind and allows the materials or techniques guide the outcome. The flowers and plants reference the familiar but rely heavily on her imagination.

She has a love of design that still heavily influences her work. She also studied graphic design before returning to school for her BFA in printmaking and painting.

Her work has recently been included in the following exhibits: 125 Mile Exhibit- Honorable Mention (VAST), True to the Colors (GAVA), Wild and Free- 3rd place (VAL) Fresh Ideas -Honorable Mention (VAL), All the Worlds a Stage (Artists Enclave). Her most current work can be seen at A Creative Art Studio and Gallery.

The demonstration is sponsored by the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), and is free for VAST members, and $5 for guests. For more about VAST, see

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