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Viscosity: award-winning abstract image generator

Geeks aren't always the best artists, but there are plenty of ways to use technology to get around that and create some stylish graphics. One of the easiest of these is Viscosity, winner of the Best Art award at this year's SXSW. We would have posted this sooner, but we were having too much fun playing with this satisfyingly simple little app.

Your Viscosity image starts out as 9 shaded horizontal stripes, but a few clicks will make it bloom into a multi-colored, semi-transparent, almost sculptural piece of transcendent web-stuff. We put together this attractive blob in Download Squad's color scheme in a matter of minutes. We're sure you can do better than we can, too.

Viscosity has just a few controls. You can slide your brushes from mushy to angular, and change sizes, colors and opacities, but that's about it. It's a basic interface that produces unexpectedly complex results.

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