This festival season, the one thing I can say I’ve mastered is the colour rangoli. Initially, the thought of decorating the entrance with a colour rangoli didn’t seem to be good, since it would mean a lot of mess with the kids stamping it and spreading the colours inside the house. Then I started using the place just in front of our gate which doesn’t have any footfall. (I would always suggest a place which doesn’t have any footfall but in case you just want it to be in front of the door, leave some space in the entrance and do it a little farther from it. This way, you can enjoy the rangoli for a few days at least.)
There are two ways to do the rangoli:
- Drawing lines (either with or without dots) and filling each area with colour by dropping them using your fingers
- Filling the colours first and drawing the patterns on top of these colours
In the second method, we use a small sieve and fill small areas at a time. I have found the second method to be much better. This is because even as a kid I was never good at drawing! So the very first outcome of a colour rangoli using this method got me inspired.
Here’s my first attempt at a colour rangoli (I drew the lines first and filled the colours by dropping them with my fingers). You can see that the finish isn’t great. But this one took me a little more than 2 hours. So, I felt I have to somehow tweak the process so that it can be done faster. And I knew there was a method using the filter. But I had to try it to really understand how it works.
You can see the result. The colours are bright because I didn’t have to add marble (white) powder to make it droppable and hence the finish is much better. So here’s the process I followed.
- Colour powders
- Marble powder (white)
- Cloth rag
- A sieve (tea filter)
- A chalk piece
Start with a design which is easy. Draw an outline with a chalk. Starting with one small area at a time, fill the colours using the tea filter.
- Pour the colour powder onto the tea filter by holding it above the area you want filled
- Slowly shake the filter over the designated area
Note that any extra powders on it sides can either be cleared with the cloth rag or can be merged with the next colour for a beautiful effect. After filling one portion, draw free hand designs over it using the marble (white) powder. Ensure your hand doesn’t touch the floor while doing this. You can make the rangoli as big as you want. I take 30 to 45 minutes for a decent sized one. Just try and enjoy the “wow” feeling once you finish it.