Photomanipulation: Butterfly on Flowers

I was playing with Photoshop today and photomanipulated this.  It should look like a realistic butterfly perched on a watercolor-ish flower cluster.  What do you think?

The butterfly is a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).  I’m not sure what the flower is, but it’s one of those common landscaping flowers you see in planters and beds all over the place.  I took this photo at a mini-golf course last summer in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.

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Experiment w/ Selling Prints & Such

I’m doing a bit of an experiment.  I have some work that might appeal to people in print, greeting card, or T-shirt form.  But I don’t really want to order a stock of them to sell on Etsy or something like that.  So, I was looking at places where you could upload your work and they’d produce the prints, handle order fulfillment, and you get a portion of the price.  I know I’d end up with a higher cut of things if I handled that myself, but then I’d have to mess with it.  I think adding ALL those products to the account is enough work.

So, I’ve decided to go with Zazzle.com.  I’ve got more than a hundred items up right now, and I’m still adding more.  They offer many different product types with excellent customization features.  Their sellers are offering mostly professional quality work and their backend feels professional and I haven’t noticed it acting buggy.  It’s a name I’ve actually heard of, so hopefully that translates to lots of buyers.  It’s also not too “artsy” which works well for me since my style is mostly cartoons and children’s illustrations.  The look of their stores aren’t that cusomizable, mostly just banners and colors can be changed, but it’s adequate.

I’m working on adding links all over the place between the store and my site.  By the way, the store is here:  http://www.zazzle.com/karenbjones*

So, we’ll see how this experiment goes.