Van life and hand drawn stickers create a successful business for the artist – St George News

Van life and hand drawn stickers create a successful business for the artist – St George News

IVIN –Living the life on the go as a full-time sticker artist wasn’t the original plan for a creator, but he took the opportunity and expanded his business to over 130 stores nationwide, with designs that are sure to appeal to you.

Artist Kandis Larson Poses at Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, date unspecified |  Photo courtesy of Kandis Larson, St. George News
Artist Kandis Larson Poses at Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Kandis Larson, St. George News

Kandis Larson, artist and owner of Kandis Created, said she never attended an art class. Although she had no previous experience in drawing, she has made many other art forms over the years, such as leatherwork and wicker, and she has even built her own cabin. She started drawing ten years ago and she hasn’t stopped since.

“At first, I didn’t think I was an artist,” Larson said. “I thought you had to do certain things to be an artist or draw. As if I had to do landscapes or I had to be a painter, and I was none of those things. “

He began attending farmers markets and art exhibitions, selling his hand-drawn designs on cards and other paper items. One day, she decided to turn her drawings of her into stickers and was shocked by the response. She created multiple sticker designs, starting with 10 designs and continuously adding from there. As the adhesives business grew, she ditched her paper products and went for adhesives.

Larson said he has started launching and selling his stickers to some local businesses outside of weekend markets. When she received her he stickers in multiple stores, she said entrepreneurs loved the hand-drawn designs, which set them apart from anything else they already had in their stores.

Custom Utah sticker design designed by Kandis Larson shown, location and date unspecified |  Photo courtesy of Kandis Larson, St. George News
Custom Utah sticker design designed by Kandis Larson shown, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Kandis Larson, St. George News

When the pandemic hit and his life changed, he decided to hit the road, living full time in his van and selling his stickers to shops across the country.

“Last year, that’s all I did,” Kandis said. “I live alone in my van and travel. My stickers are now in eight states and in many stores. I have been very lucky and so far it has been very successful ”.

Larson said his stickers are currently sold in 130 stores across the country, including Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nebraska and Hawaii. He continues to grow his business as he travels and personally visits each store to talk to entrepreneurs.

Kandis Created stickers are also currently featured in 18 different stores across Utah, from Spanish Fork to St. George. Originally from Spokane, Washington, Larson said she lived all over Utah before van life and loved the entire state.

“I think Utah is one of the most beautiful states there is,” he said. “Being in the desert – I love the desert – but I love lakes and mountains all the same”.

While enjoying life on the road, Larson is currently in Colorado and continues to travel to the western part of the United States. He plans to go to Grand Teton National Park and said he goes where the tourists are as they mainly buy his products.

“I’m just going to roll with the sticker thing,” Larson said. “As long as people buy stickers, that’s what I’ll do.”

Larson said she often gets messages on social media asking her how she got the life she has now. She is happy to tell her story about her and to give others the tips and tricks that have led her to success.

In his experience, Larson said the first two things people need to run a small business are trust and quality products, and that it offers “the best damn adhesive you can get” when it comes to quality and design.

To see the stickers available, visit the Website created by Kandis. Follow Larson’s Instagram to keep up with his on the road adventures.

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