Rangoli is an ancient Indian folk art form. It is made to decorate the front doorstep of an Indian home and welcome the guest in.
Step 1: Choosing a space
Make sure that the space you choose is not in the way of pedestarians; the best place is right next to the wall of your home. It is also important to choose a space that has a dark floor with an even texture so that the rangoli stands out and the lines are clean and sharp.
Step 2: Holding the rangoli
Hold the rangoli in a pinch of the thumb and the index finger. To draw a line, slide the thumb forward so that the rangoli sprinkles through. With practise, you will be able to manipulate the thickness of the line.
Step 3: Drawing the grid
The rangoli grid is mad of a pattern of either odd/even numbered dots that form a geometric shape. The hexagon is a popular shape for a grid.
Step 4: Starting the lines
Start joining the dots with lines to form shapes on your grid. Remember, the rangoli must be symmetrical.
You could even fill in powdered colour inside the grid.
Step 5: Finally...
This is how it finally looks!
Step 6: Other rangolis
Here are some examples of rangolis to get you started on thinking about the form. The second example is a non-traditional approach to the grid rangoli because it is non-symmetrical.