Votary-Made Retablos

Some votaries follow the traditional retablo format—a painted scene over a textual narrative—in homemade offerings of varying styles and qualities, but more common are free-form votive artworks created in paint, pencils, markers, pastels, and crayons. Most of these offerings include a written narrative or message of gratitude. Occasionally images are computer generated or made by techniques like woodburning, embossing, and crochet.