We have another fabulous artist to introduce you to! This week we got to chat with Mayra Lizarrage of Mayra Makes It. If you don’t know Mayra yet you are in for a real treat! Mayra is a crafter at heart and loves creating. Her passion for her art and her community is palpable and contagious. We loved getting to know her better and know you will too!

Mayra joined our artist community a couple of years ago and it has been so great to watch her art and her business grow. Mayra is one of the most genuine, loving, and positive people we know. The love that she has for her family, followers, and art is obvious and heart felt. Anytime you catch Mayra doing a Live you are sure to walk away feeling loved and encouraged. 

Even when things are tough, Mayra chooses positivity and growth. She focuses on the people and things that she is grateful for and tries to leave the rest behind. Mayra’s art is beautiful and so is her soul. She radiates joy and kindness. We have so enjoyed following her and learning from her example! 

Ask an Artist: Featuring Mayra Lizarraga

We asked Mayra to tell us a little bit about her family…

My family is precious. I have two sons, David (16)  and Chris (12), they are the sweetest boys on the planet. My husband and I are high school sweethearts. He is my biggest supporter, I could not do all of this without him. He is in the military so we move every 3 years, we currently live on Eglin AFB in Florida and we are loving every moment of the emerald waters, and soft white sandy beaches. 

And her business…

I make epoxy tumblers, I am a crafter at heart so I also make DIY home decor,  wreaths , ornaments etc.. I have a patreon group called Baddiee University where I try to help the members a little bit more in depth with anything they may need extra help with. There are exclusive tumbler tutorials there. And I teach more in depth about social media content, and tips that have helped me grow my social media as well as my business. 

We have a lot of fun challenges in there that allow us to step out of our comfort zone to help grow our businesses. I also love filming YouTube videos and connecting with my sweet audience.

On top of all of that I run an online women’s boutique. I carry cute clothes for the everyday woman who wants to look cute without having to be super dressed up on a regular basis. I am super passionate about all of it, I pour my heart and soul into everything I do. 

I launched merch in June and since then it has consistently been selling out, so I decided to launch a crafter clothing line as well as Baddie apparel. I have a website mayramakesit.com. That is my online clothing store where you can find the crafter clothing line, as well as every day cute graphic tees, sweaters,  and of course my merch. 

It is my dream to have a storefront one day. Where my followers can come take in person classes from me, and leave with cute clothes as well.  An all inclusive store where you can get help with your tumbler making skills, or complex designs, but also shop around for some cute clothes afterwards. I am going to work hard every single day until that dream is a reality. 

Where she would go if she could go anywhere in the world, and why…

If I could go anywhere in the world it would definitely be Europe. I would love to visit the house of Anne Frank in Germany, and Paris, France.

I love to travel, I am not a world traveler, but with my husband being in the military we have been able to visit some really beautiful places. There is so much beauty to explore, I would want to visit a lot of places in Europe. 

Where she sees herself in 5 years…

In 5 years, I see myself owning a successful storefront where I can sell craft supplies, do tumbler making lessons, and sell cute clothes.  Graphic tee shirts specifically. I would love to have a  warehouse where we are able to produce and distress our own shirts in high volumes, so that we can have complete creative freedom over all of our items.

I know that is a big dream, but I believe in manifesting and working every single day to make your dreams come true. I didn’t always believe in myself, but I do now… thanks to the support of my amazing love and support from my followers.

 

One of her strengths and one weakness…

A strength of mine is that I am very dedicated and persistent. I get knocked down a lot, but every single time I get back up.  A weakness of mine is that I am extremely sensitive, and tend to be an overthinker. I allow negative people and situations to consume my thoughts sometimes and it affects my mental health. I need to learn to accept the things that I can not control and just keep moving forward. 

How she got started with resin…

I wanted to make myself a cute cup (I had no idea what I was doing lol) So I watched YouTube tutorials and dove right in. I immediately fell in love with the entire process of tumbler making. I started in March of 2020 so am less than 2 years in.  

How she balances all the aspects of her business and still finds time for family/friends

Honestly , I am not sure that I have found the perfect balance. In the spirit of being completely honest, I am always exhausted and overwhelmed. I sometimes feel like I am failing at everything because I am stretched so thin. But we love exploring so we love going out to eat as a family and we snorkel all the time. It’s one of our favorite things to do. So honestly, everyday I wake up and just do my best. 

Her favorite project…

My favorite project has probably been Tumbler Talk. Its a concept I came up with for my YouTube during the summer. I knew I wanted my YouTube channel to have so much diversity and not just be about tutorials, so I started a “tumbler talk show”. I do episodes on my YouTube channel where I video chat with other creators that I admire, and interview them. 

I also have done tumbler talk lives on my Instagram. Recently I teamed up with Ivette the owner and creator behind Maestra Creations and we do episodes of tumbler talk together. It has been so much fun.  Tumblr Talk is definitely my favorite project. 

And her least favorite…

Honestly, there isn’t one. I am a crafter at heart and I only make things I am excited and passionate about. I can’t remember a single time I didn’t love a project. 

Her favorite CCDIY product…

My favorite CCDIY project is a tie between Fast Set and Quick Coat. Because I am always on a time crunch for my tutorials and tumblers I survive on Fast Set, lol. I also LOVE Quick Coat, I use it for everything. 

Her must have tool for resin art…

My must have tool for resin art is a little spray bottle with 99% alcohol because it pops all the bubbles on my cups. I also have to add a respirator. 

What tip would she give to beginner resin artists… 

I would never compare yourself to someone else. You could be comparing your beginning with their middle. Do not be afraid to make mistakes, that is how we learn and get better. Beautiful things can come from mistakes.  They are JUST cups, crafting is supposed to be fun ❤

The Wrap Up…

We couldn’t agree more, crafting is supposed to be fun! And Mayra definitely brings fun to the table. We hope you enjoyed learning about Mayra as much as we did! If you want to see more of her art and hang out with her online you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. On her YouTube channel you will find tumbler tutorials and episodes of Tumbler Talk. And, of course, find all those fabulous clothing gems on her website!

You can also join her Patreon group Baddiee University which will help you grow as an artist as well as a business owner. We want to give a big thank you to Mayra for all she does for our artist families and we can’t wait to see what is next for her!

 

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