Van’s life and hand-painted stickers create a successful business for the artist – St George News

Van’s life and hand-painted stickers create a successful business for the artist – St George News

IVINS –Living on the road as a full-time sticker artist wasn’t the first plan for one creator, but he jumped at the chance and grew his business to more than 130 stores nationwide with designs that are sure to catch your eye.

Artist Candice Larson photographed in Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, date unknown |  Photo by Candice Larson, St. George News
Artist Candice Larson photographed in Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, date unknown | Photo by Candice Larson, St. George News

Kandis Larson, artist and owner of Kandis Created, says she has never taken an art class. Although she had no prior painting experience, she has dabbled in many other art forms over the years, such as leather goods and basketry, and even built her own shed. He started painting a decade ago and 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 an artist. Like you were supposed to do landscapes or be a painter, and I was neither of those things.”

She began attending farmer’s markets and art shows, selling her hand-painted designs on cards and other paper goods. One day he decided to turn his pictures into stickers and was shocked by the response. He created more sticker designs starting with 10 designs and continuously adding from there. As the sticker business grew, he eliminated his paper products and applied stickers instead.

Larson said he started posting and selling his stickers outside of weekend markets at several local businesses. As he got his stickers into more stores, he said business owners loved the hand-drawn designs, which set them apart from what they already had in their stores.

Featuring a custom Utah State sticker design painted by Candice Larson, location and date unspecified |  Photo by Candice Larson, St. George News
Featuring a custom Utah State sticker design painted by Candice Larson, location and date unspecified | Photo by Candice Larson, St. George News

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

“Last year, that’s all I did,” Candice said. “I just live in my van and travel. My stickers are now in eight states and many stores. I’ve been very blessed and it’s been very successful so far.”

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

Kandis Created stickers are also currently featured in 18 different Utah stores, from Spanish Fork to St. George. Originally from Spokane, Wash., Larson said he lived in Utah before living in a van and loves the entire state.

“I think Utah is one of the coolest states,” he said. “Being in the desert, I love the desert, but I also love the lakes and the mountains equally.”

As he enjoys life on the road, Larson is currently based in Colorado and continues to travel throughout the western United States. He plans to go to Grand Teton National Park next, and said he goes where the tourists are because they mostly buy his products.

“I’m just going to roll with the sticker,” Larson said. “As long as people are buying stickers, I’m going to do it.”

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

In his experience, Larson said the first two things people need to run a small business are trust and a quality product, and that he offers “the best damn sticker you can have” in terms of quality and design.

Visit to see available stickers Kandis The site has been created. Follow Larson Instagram: to keep up with his adventures along the way.

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