Silk: Interactive Generative Art
Remember as a child, creating art for art's sake? Just because it was pretty and an expression of yourself. I think sometimes as adults we stop creating because we start to think about our own talent compared to others. Thankfully for all of us, there's a website out there that brings out that care-free artist in all of us again. Silk Interactive Generative Art is a website that's all about creation.
The website itself is very minimalist, letting you focus on the art. There's not much to the controls, even trying to figure them out will create something special. You're given a palette of 7 colors, including gray. You can mix colors by dragging and dropping. This will create something of an after effect; you might have to move your mouse quickly to see the results. Play around with the mirroring and spiraling to create some pretty breathtaking creations.
It's something else to create a thing of beauty then just wipe it away. It reminds me of playing with an Etch-a-Sketch. You'd try so hard to get the tiniest details perfect and sometimes end up shaking it out of frustration anyway. My friends and I have used Silk as a kind of game to create something with a little more permanence. The best way to describe it is a group art project. One person starts and makes something small. Then, using the share feature on the website, that person sends it to someone else and they add something; that pattern continues until we've created something wonderful. Then everyone gets to see the finished product.
Sometimes I like to see how big and beautiful I can make something with just one "brushstroke" or, not letting go of my mouse. I'd say it's created some nice results, wouldn't you? (Do you see the after effect of blue and green?)
Silk is a great website that allows you to take a break from life and create. You can Save or Share your creation or simply wipe it away. There's no rules and no guidelines. Now go create something beautiful.
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