Here in New Mexico there is an art called Bultos. Bultos are Santos carved, usually with cottonwood root or pine wood. They are painted with either homemade gesso or acrylic gesso, homemade natural pigments, acrylic watercolors, or waterbased pigments. Usually sealed with homemade pinon sap varnish, commercial sealers, or beeswax. I "really" wanted to start this type of art. But, my hands have become really bad. They are swollen, something is cutting of circulation, veins are popping out all over & if that was not bad enough, I know have a small bone popping out of the wrist. And, it is not my wrist bone. I can still paint but my hand is constantly in pain. I will be making a Dr. apt. soon. I recently went to a specialist but (of course) nothing came out of it. And this is after I had underwent a lot of tests. Apparently a swollen, numb, veiny hand is the norm!
Anyway, long story short. Thanks to Gritty Janes workshop, I can make my own bulto type art replica.. And here it is. I started out with the Blessed Mother. She is a mixture of the Guadalupe and Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos. That is why her veil is triangular in shape.
The fabric used for her Vail is stiff and everything is hand painted. She is cloth and Paper clay. She has been sanded and painted in acrylic. The flaming heart is removeable. It is also made of fabric, paper clay & acrylic paint. I put the angel at her feet holding the moon.