Creativity Corner Vive La Différence

Vive La Différence – Andy Warhol

July 22, 2013

Happy monday. It’s another dose of vive la différence and this one marks the 1st year’s anniversary. I want to thank all my guest bloggers who contributed with such gusto and all you readers for the continuous encouragement of this series. Personally i’m delighted to be able to feature great bloggers and simultaneously take part. I’ve learned a ton of new skills along the way and i hope you enjoyed the fruits of labour and got some inspiration. Thank you all! 

My guest this month is michelle, author of MYcreative. Michelle is a photographer and, amongst other things, offers eat & snap walk-shops

For new readers:

The concept: each month I will invite one blogger. They will create and showcase one image/vignette. There are 20 themes and 20 objects for my guest to choose from. They choose 1 theme and up to 3 objects. I will then create an image/vignette based on their choice. Everyone has free reign on how to create the image. It can be simple photography, a drawing, a collage, a hand-painted image, a styled table top… the choice is yours! The fun part is that you, my readers, will see 2 versions inspired by the same subject matter. There is no right or wrong. There’s just ‘different’.

Michelle chose the theme: Andy Warhol – over to Michelle!

I dived into Tina’s site after meeting her at blognic and loved all the creativity that was being celebrated there.  As you might be able to tell from my own blog’s name (MYcreative) creativity is big for me.  A side of me I only rediscovered a couple years ago.  More recently I have been putting in extra effort in experimenting with my photography. So when Tina asked me to take part in Viva La Différence I couldn’t say no.

I chose a ‘theme’ of Andy Warhol as I had just started a photo challenge on my own blog which looked at reinterpreting an art piece using photography.  For that I went for a more traditional still life but I liked how Andy has a more fun and spontaneous nature.  To me the first thing that comes into my head when you say Andy Warhol are his pop art pieces. I thought the peony – one of the favourites of bloggers but still with a limited shelf life – was a great celebrity replacement (it’s so hard to get those celebrities on short notice!).

I created this by taking an ariel shot of a peony on a white background (two pieces of white paper plonked together) and then using this tutorial to mimic the screen print effect. Except it is even easier because it is just one layer instead of two with a person.

I might create a giant print for my wall … What do you think?

Vive la Différence - Andy Warhol - Michelle Young


I was excited when Michelle chose this theme as I’ve always been a big fan of Andy Warhol and wanted to try my hand at a Warholesque image. The image decision process for me was easy. I had just read my friend Catherine’s post on the 51st Anniversary of Andy Warhol’s 1962 iconic artwork 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans. Sadly the special editions are not available in the UK. I’ve been reliably informed that Catherine bought me a set. Thank you:-) Now all we have to figure out is how to get them to me from Australia! I visited a big Andy Warhol retrospective in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2007 and took a lot of photographs of the large soup cans which decorated the entrance.

Michelle’s tutorial link is perfect and really worth sitting through. I took one of my photos of a soup can and applied the pop colours through many layers in photoshop. In the end I decided to erase the original photograph (bottom layer) and was left with these free-hand and rather loose drawings. Artistic licence et cetera! To be honest, I can’t wait to try a portrait as per Michelle’s tutorial! Looks like such fun!

Vive la Différence - Andy Warhol - Tina Bernstein

I want to thank Michelle for joining the vive la différence series and helping me to celebrate it’s 1st anniversary in such style. Yes, i think your warholesque peony would make a great giant wall piece:-)

When starting out, i could have never envisaged such creativity and enthusiasm from my guest contributors. The ride has been phenomenal, so here’s to another year and, of course, to vive la différence! Fancy joining the party?

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  • Reply Igor July 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    It was my honor and pleasure, my dear! Oh and how cool is the Warhol feature? I love pop art for its funkiness and colours – and these two new designs could go directly into a museum camouflaged as Warhol originals:-)

    • Reply Michelle July 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Igor. We would have to be pretty sneaky. Would love to figure out how to do this in the original screenprinting way!

      • Reply tina July 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm

        I have a friend who screen prints… he uses up to 32 colours. Really brilliant. I think he does it in Greenwich when in London as he lives in Brighton. Could always ask him if we could come along.

        There’s another company who teaches screen printing. Did it in College but would love to do one now as an adult!

    • Reply tina July 23, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Ha! It was a pleasure to feature you…

      Oh Igor, you flatter us way too much. When you have time, check out the tutorial. You’ll love it.
      I think photoshop is required. Some of you run on Photoshop Elements.

  • Reply Catherine July 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I echo Igor, it was my honor and pleasure to get the soup cans for you. Where there’s a will there’s a way..we will get them to you one way or another! I think both the pieces would make amazing giant prints, so colourful! Here’s to another year of VLD Tina, it’s been so inspiring.

    • Reply Michelle July 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks Catherine. I am tempted to make a big one for a wall (or calendar)! Although I might just settle on little postcards for friends. No point in letting it go to waste – right?

    • Reply tina July 23, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you so much Catherine.. can’t wait to see them. Not sure why Campbell didn’t release them here in the UK. I actually called the European Headquarters in Belgium, but no Luck!!

      Thank you for participating. I’ve loved all entires.
      Yay! Roll on VLD year 2 x

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine July 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    You are both so talented! The art is ready for a museum and I bet you both can mislead a few people with these. Congrats again and it was a pleasure to be part of your Vive la Difference column.

    • Reply Michelle July 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Louise. Surprising how easy it was to make once you got the hang of it.

    • Reply tina July 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Aww, thank love. Hahaha. I think you’ve all gone mad! The problem with modern/pop art is that anyone can do it. One wouldn’t say that about a Picasso imitation or a Rembrandt. Computers make a lot of things possible!

      Thank you and I loved having you here.. xx

  • Reply Holly July 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Wow! This is SO cool! Will definitely check out Michelle’s tutorial and Tina, I love the sketchy look of the soup cans. Really brilliant, both of you!

    I can’t believe it’S been one year of VLD. It’s quite meaningful, me being the first contributor and all 😉 What a pleasure!

    Congrats on a great series and here’s to many more!


    • Reply tina July 23, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Do check out the tutorial. It is great.

      Glad you enjoyed it. I know, it all started with you and a conversation, remember???
      And then we had Tweety and his new abode and all the gender comments, remember? Gosh, it seems like a very long time ago!
      So, yes, a year later and we will finally meet.
      Thanks love xx

  • Reply Michelle July 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks Holly. It is a great little tutorial.

  • Reply Parisbreakfast July 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Bravo on your birthday Tina!
    AW is all over Paris with posters for Perrier
    Wonder who did them?
    Was it you?

    • Reply tina July 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Thank you Carol, and why have you not come forward?
      I’ll be emailing you!

      Posters for Perrier? Must check it out!
      Hahaha! Me in disguise:-)

  • Reply Alison Sye July 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Both are great, and seem very appropriate for this sunny weather we’re having. Yours, Tina, reminds me a little of those Antoni and Alison prints.

    • Reply tina July 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you Alison. NOt quite as good as some of the paintings in the …..:-))
      Ha. Maybe subconsciously I was influenced by the previous post. It’s definitely possible.
      ANyway, I take it as a compliment:-)

  • Reply leah of sang the bird July 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Happy VLD anniversary! What an amazing ride it has been. I absolutely love this theme, both you and Michelle are so crazy talented. Much love to you dear xxx

    • Reply tina July 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm

      Aww, thanks honey!!! Really pleased you’ve enjoyed it over the past 12 month and might want to join one day:-)
      I hope you will enjoy the tutorial. Do you have photoshop?
      Well, if Michelle and I weren’t confident before this, we certainly are now after these amazing comments.
      Hope you are well xx

  • Reply Michaela July 25, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I am a huge Warhol fan, so thank you both for this post. I think Warhol is probably the best conceptual artist we’ve ever seen. I’m also a huge fan of his illustrations from the ’50s featuring cats and shoes and things – people don’t always realise that actually he was a brilliant draughtsman

    Michaela xx

    • Reply tina July 25, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Thought you might be. Me too BTW. I totally agree. I also love all the Illustrations.

      The big retrospective I saw in Edinburgh concentrated a lot on his Pop Art but I think one in London had many of his earlier sketches.

      Glad to inspire xx

  • Reply Mary Middleton Design July 25, 2013 at 8:19 am

    How crazy cool are these? You’ve made me beam this morning. All this colour and feel good vibe. Here’s to another year x

    • Reply tina July 25, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Thanks Mary:-)

      Well, it is summer. Everything is colourful and it doesn’t get much more Pop than this. Always happy to make people beam x

    • Reply Michelle July 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Love that we could brighten your day!

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