Rangoli is an ancient art form and has been carrying on for ages. It is made using different colors, diyas and even flowers. There are many ways in which you can make Rangoli. Let’s see some of them in detail:
1) Simple Rangoli: This is the simplest way to make a Rangoli. You can start by choosing the design you want to have for your Rangoli and sketch the same on a piece of black paper that is large enough for the design to fit. Sketch it lightly so that it can be erased in case of mistakes. Once you are happy with the sketched design, outline it with plain white chalk and fill the inner spaces with colored chalks. Finally, you can pin this design on the black paper in the hallway or entrance where everyone can see it.
2) Rangoli for the beginner: You will first have to choose the area where you want the Rangoli to be made. It could be on the black paper or the ground. After this, search patterns and designs online and sketch it lightly. Then outline it with a chalk. After this roll a newspaper, fill it with sand or semolina and cut the narrow end. Use your finger to control the movement of sand in outlining the design. This is the most interesting step. After the outlining is done, fill the design with either colored paint or colored sand/sawdust. Your vibrant Rangoli is ready. Place it where it can be easily seen.
3) Advanced Rangoli: Choose the space on the ground where you want to design the Rangoli. After this, select the design. This could be an inspiration from the nature or your own creativity. Sketch the design on a piece of paper making very clear lines and space for inserting the color. You can use sand/semolina/dried lentils for texture and colors. Try to mix textures and colors to enhance the final look of the design. Outline the design with sand or semolina with your fingers. Fill the design with paint or flower petals or colored sand/sawdust and the Rangoli is ready. You may add clay pot or candles for final touches.
4) Floating Rangoli: This Rangoli is different from the ones stated above. Collect water in a wide basin, OHP sheet, pencil black marker, watercolors, flower petals, glue, scissors and kundan crystals or beads and keep them together. Carve your design on the OHP sheet. Then outline the design and cut it. After this, fill the design with watercolors and then let it dry properly. After this, you can decorate the designs with Kundan and beads. Put the design in the basin and fill water in it carefully.
5) Diya Rangoli: This type of Rangoli design is particularly popular during Diwali time. It is created with a chalk and spaces are left in between where the diyas are placed and then colors and flower petals are filled. Once all is done, the diyas are lit to give the most elegant look.