The paintings are casein on Masonite board and glass. Later, Velarde used a variety of techniques and media. These included tempera, watercolor, oils, and natural pigments that she collected and ground herself. Velarde opened doors for other artists, especially Pueblo women. As of 2005, she continues to make crafts in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Casein paint is a water-based paint made from casein, a protein precipitated from milk. Casein is the basis of cheese. It is used to make plastics, adhesives, foods, and paint. Casein paint is used on paper or board for light impasto, underpainting, and wall decoration. It dries quickly with a waterproof surface. It is not used on canvas.