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Tips for Starting Your Own Print Shop on Etsy

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: diving in is not my thing. So, forcing myself to take a leap of faith and start a print shop was no easy task. But, now I have a real, live shop and it had a great first month!

I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve received, and I’m so grateful to everyone who has liked, commented, shared, and purchased prints these past few weeks. My first month of business has flown by, and it’s been a huge learning experience! Here are a few good things about diving in:

Making a Block Print

I Started My Business Before I Was Ready

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” —Mark Twain

My name is Alex, and I overanalyze. Sometimes it’s a good thing. I’m strategic, I’m deliberative, I consider all angles. Give me a problem and I’ll give you fifteen solutions, along with the pros and cons of each. I’m proud of my ability to strategize, but sometimes overthinking can stand in the way of creativity.

Papel Picado

How Growing Up in San Antonio Inspired My Creative Work

Welcome to the Wandering Paper Co. blog! My name is Alex, and I am a graphic designer and illustrator based in Dallas. I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where Mexican heritage and traditions are a huge part of the city’s colorful culture.

It was a fascinating place to grow up: the city held its annual Fiesta celebration every April, we were always prepared for an attack of cascarones at Easter, and in school we honored our ancestors by building ofrendas for el Dia de los Muertos.