Rangoli & Paintings Traditional Indian Art
What is Rangoli?
Rangoli is an Indian traditional art of floor painting. It is done on any auspicious day like religious festivals, marriage or any ceremony. Rangoli is invitation to Laxmi – Goddess of wealth. It is traditionally done near entrance by house wives using powder of rice, turmeric, stone powder, artificial colours, natural colours etc. It is also done using grains and cereals, flowers and many other natural material.
Symbols used in Rangoli has its own significance and characteristic. When this different symbols come together a magical, spell bounding art piece is created. It is important to understand the secret of rangoli art. When different symbols come together it does not belittle the importance and beauty of the other symbol but every symbol enhances the beauty of one another. The beauty created as a result of togetherness of various symbols just steals the heart of not just the creator but also the beholder. Every symbol is bound to one another as if there is eternal bond between each of them.
Rangoli gives us a divine message. Every person has good quality. When every person’s good quality come together a beautiful family is created. When beautiful families come together a beautiful community is created, different beautiful community gives rise to beautiful nation and this type of nation creates a beautiful, blissful world. Whole world is one big family.
Let us hold each others hand like the symbols in Rangoli and come together enhancing each others quality to create beautiful, blissful world like the Rangoli.
Tips and Tricks to draw Rangoli
While drawing circles, tie thread to a chalk. Then hold the free end of thread with left hand’s index finger tip and draw a circle holding the chalk in right hand.
Use a Sieve/Strainer to fill colors. This makes the color filing very fast.
To make a matrix of dots, mark equidistant points on a paper. Then with a incense/agarbatti stick make holes on that particular point. Make sure to make holes of somewhat same size.
Make white outlines to enhance the rangoli.
If you want to give a light tone to the color, mix it with white plain rangoli.
Always use dark colors alongside the light ones.
To make an attractive color scheme, choose pairs of opposite colors: Red & Green, Black & White,Violet & Yellow, Orange & Blue, Red & Yellow, Yellow & Green,Orange & Yellow,Blue & Yellow, etc.
The rangoli colors available in the market are sticky and cannot be sprinkled or taken in the pinch. To make them free-flowing mix colors with white rangoli powder.
Some more tips
•To fill colour you can use mehindi cones. This will help to fill the colour more accurately and easily.
•You may create spaces within the rangoli design to place diyas. You could also use flower petals of different colours (golden marigolds, bright red roses) to add that extra dimension to your design.
•Special floating candles are also available in the market. Float them in big containers of water along with flower petals.
•If you are making rangoli design with edible material spray some pesticides near rangoli so that the ants don’t attack your it.
•You can put a glass of appropriate size to put over the frame is essential to prevent damage as well as it will increase the glaze of Your Kolam.
•Make white outlines to enhance the design.
•You can also make a stencil of Rangoli. For this take a cardboard and draw the design you want to make, and cut out the design .So any time you want to make that design just sprinkle colour on the cardboard and the design is ready.
•Donot use glue to make the rangoli permanent. That will only spoil it.
So what are you waiting for on just try your hand on theserangoli designs on this Diwali..and let your creativeness speak for itself.
Drawing Rangoli is a very easy task. Either we can draw Rangoli with dots, or without dots.
Drawing Rangoli with dots:-
First you have to choose a base. The base can be of sand, marble dust, saw dust, brick dust or other materials. Many people use brown or red stone sand-base. We take sand and little bit of water and spread on ground. Use water so that sand will not be removed easily. Now start drawing dots (these dots are guiding dots for your to draw the Rangoli).
Either you can draw dots on your own or can buy paper of dots from market. Drawing dots by hand is difficult as we cannot put dots symmetrically. If dots are not in the same distance then the Rangoli looks asymmetrical & out of shape. So the better option is to buy paper with dots to draw Rangoli from the market. Wherever you buy Rangoli colors, you also get the dotted paper too from the same place.
Now how to use that paper??
You just have to put paper aligned in the direction you want your Rangoli to be. Paper should not be folded. Hold it firmly on the sand-base or put some weight on the edges of paper. Then put some amount of White Rangoli on the dotted paper and spread it until it covers as many dots u want(as per your design). Then hold on to all the edges of paper and carefully pick up the paper, taking care not to spill the white powder on any other place or through the dots. Now the dots are ready, you can choose the design from any idea in your mind or from the different designs available on this page. Try to draw it by connecting the dots. If you are drawing for the first time then choose a small design and a design that does not contain circular shapes. After drawing the Rangoli use different colors to decorate it.
If you are a pro then you can draw Rangoli without dots and even if you are not a pro, try to draw Rangoli with small shapes without taking help of the guiding dots and slowly you will master the technique and can make beautiful, large design of your imagination without the help of the guiding dots. And unless you try, you don’t know your capabilities!
You also get some pre-fabricated shapes of Rangoli in the market on which you just have to fill color and to roll it on the sand-base. You can also use that and make Rangoli designs quickly… Happy designing!!
How To Draw Water Rangoli?
As you all know Rangoli is popular art of our nation. In every festival, occasion we draw Rangoli. Specially in Diwali people draw Rangoli to welcome there friends and relatives, since at that time people visit each others house. Rangoli also has a religious significance, enhancing the beauty of the surroundings and spreading joy and happiness all around.
In the early days we used to draw small Rangoli using dots. Now-a-days we can use many things. We have different ideas to draw Rangoli. We can use rice-flour , kumkum, haldi (turmeric powder) to draw Rangoli. We can use flowers like rose petals, marigold petals or finely cut greens-grass. Then we can use rice or coloured rice and many other groceries. Basically now days people draw Rangoli as per their imagination. Everyone should try to draw Rangoli using different materials, different imaginations, because without experimentation you cannot achieve something special.
How To Draw Water Rangoli:
Water Rangoli is another exiting as well as new type of Rangoli. Because many of us draw Rangoli on sand or floor only. Lets see how to draw underwater Rangoli. Its very simple task.
1.) You have to select the design you want to draw. (If you are experimenting for the first time, then select simple design just to try out, after that you could go for difficult designs.)
2.) After selecting a design, just think what are the colors you are going to use. You can draw using only white color or use different colors.
3.) Take a bowl of glass in which you are going to put your Rangoli underwater. Glass bowl will give 3-D effect as its inside water and glass is transparent. Put water inside that bowl.
4.) Take a plate on which you are going to draw the Rangoli. Plate should be clean. You can use transparent plate, this will add more beauty.
5.) Apply ample amount of oil on plate. As oil and water never mix.
6.) Draw the Rangoli on that plate. After drawing wait for few minutes, let the sand or powder absorb the oil.
7.) Now pour little more oil to wet the powder from the side slowly (from the side since you don’t want the power to spread).
8.) Now take that plate and put it inside the glass bowl at bottom surface. And see the effect. Nothing will happen to Rangoli as you are using oil.
Note: Be sure that powder absorbs oil and put ample amount of oil. Do not put oil in large quantity.
You can use many flower petals or lamps (diya) to decorate this Rangoli.
As one of my friend told me, you can draw Rangoli on water also. You just have to use some material which neither dissolve or sink in water. Many people use different materials. This can be done by spreading distemper on the surface of the water. As distemper neither dissolve in water readily nor sinks in. And then over that surface we can paint Rangoli using Rangoli power or Rangoli sand. You can use any other material also.
Use your imagination and have fun!!
How to create the rangoli designs and pattern?
Choose a design that you want to draw. You may find designs from the sites given on the right or you may try to create your own design. Rangoli pattern are symmetrical in nature and geometric in shape
Choose the area carefully as once you make it the venue cannot be changed.Wipe the floor with a wet cloth and wait for the area to dry.
Depending upon the space available, decide and mark the center point of the Rangoli . With a piece of chalk, first draw the outline of the design.
Decide about the color scheme .Now it’s time to fill in the outline with rangoli powder, the most challenging part of the whole exercise. Pick up some powder with your thumb and index finger and fill in the design by rubbing the two fingers together and sprinkling the powder on the floor ., and start from inner circle. Go on filling the circles as per your pre-decided colors scheme till the last circle. The Kolam can extended with the use of various symbols.
Take care to sprinkle the powder carefully; don’t let powders of two different colours merge with each other.
Material to make rangoli
A large variety of alternative can used to make rangoli designs.
You can also experiment and mix and match materials after all creative mind never exhaust.These materials may be coloured as per need.
Readily available in the market.
Gives good result , but very heavy to carry in bulk.
Sawdust is easier to handle.Even floats on water.
Can be used as it is or grinded for fine texture .You can also colour rice at home using food colours. Wet the food colour powder with a few drops of water and rub the rice in it till it is uniformly coloured. Do not forget to wear gloves to protect your hands from getting coloured. Dry the rice on paper, in shade before use. (Caution: If the rice is not completely dry it may leave coloured stains on the floor.)
•Coloured Suzi/rawa/cream of wheat
Nice grains(harder than saw dust) easy to spread.. but doesn’t mix too well with color.. Bouncier than color- thus may give a slightly whitish haze.. But good part is it is hygroscopic.. If you want the it to stay longer than a day this is the medium to use
Rose petals, marigold petals, small purple paper flowers, finely cut greens-grass/ leaves-even methi leaves…just fill up the large designs. Use strings of marigold and if you like strings of kanakambara/ jasmine flowers to outline
•Fabric or poster colour mixed with chalk powder
Mix a small quantity of colour with chalk powder. Apply it with brush on the floor. It just looks like painting on floor ….not a traditional form of rangoli , but it is scores over as it is very easy and is relatively permanent in nature
Use this only for big and abstract rangolis as finesse is not possible with such materials
1.Using Destember :
This is done by spreading destember on the surface of the water. The destember neither disolve in water readily not sinks in.Over the destember surface we can paint rangoli using rangoli power or rangoli sand.
2.Using melted Wax
Alternatively spread some melted candle wax on shallow stagnant water…. let the wax settle in a thin layer.. over this layer make the rangoli as is usually done but take care as to not make the layer too thick otherwise it may sink…
Take a paper and cut it in the diameter of your utencil . Make a design and decorate it with flowers or saw dust. Now gently float the paper on water . Add glitter to make it more beautiful.
Use some floating candles to enhance the beauty.
This way enhance this Diwali with Rangoli designs and patterns.
Colored rice can ba a nice option for Rangoli. The method is very simple and one can get a better idea of it with practice.
For colored rice
Add a good quantity of food color to 1 tsp of rubbing alcohol in a bag with ziplock.
- Pour 3/4 cups of uncooked rice.
- close the bag and shake well for some time.
- Pour on to a wax paper or tin foil to dry it.
- According to me it is better to use food coloring paste to color the rice than to use the colored drops. The color comes out really well with the coloring paste.
- Keep it to dry in warm and airy place. It will take 1/2 days to dry perfectly.
Try the colored Rice Rangoli on this Dasera and Diwali Festival and post your experience on our page.
Wish all a very happy Dasera and Diwali!!!!
Painting on Peepal leaf is a delicate work of art originated in the southern India (Kerala). Its done on dry Peepal leaves. Its one of the oldest form of art, which shows the ingeniousness & patience of the artists. This art form originated because the leaves of the peepal tree have a beautiful shape as they taper to a needle point. Though now only a few artists are left who practice this leaf art.
Peepal Leaf Painting are great for making cards, wall decoration, bookmark, gifts. etc.
Themes of painting
Typically themes are painted on peepal leaves are:
• Religious Indian figures
• But we can experiment with modern an abstract art also .
Method of Painting on peepal leaf
Its very inexpensive all you need is:
• Peepal Leaves
• Oil paints
• Sheet for the background
The method is divided into 2 process
1. Drying the leaves
2. Painting on leaves
For drying Peepal leaves
Place a few leaves in a bowl full of water for15 days or a month . But do remember to check it once every few days to see the condition of the leaves. The purpose of soaking the leaves is to remove the outer layer of the leaves. After being in water for long, the leaves get a film over them, which you need to clean by washing it off or use a brush periodically. And do remember to change the water with a fresh one periodically Once the outer skin is lost, it leaves behind a beautiful bony structure, usually off-white in color.
Now dry it for a day & you got a leaf to paint on.
For Painting the leaves
Use oil paints to paint your favourite design on the peepal leaves
Put a coloured sheet for background. Use a colour that will enhance the effect of the painting. The background is usally kept because Peepal leaves are very fragile and may rupture.
Tips and tricks
• The most important tip is to be patient while drying peepal leaves and handle them delicately
• You can also paint the peepal leaf in two colours . To give it a different half and half look
• Use Golden colour to make a border. You can also use golden colour for highlighting or making jewelry
• Add glitter to enhance the look of your painting
• Mix and match various mediums. For eg. You can make Ganeshji of clay and stick on the peepal leaves
• If Painting is not your cup of tree then dip these dry peepal leaves in bright , vibrant water colours and then dry it. It will give beautiful look
• Many wedding cards are decorated with dry peepal leaf .You can also use these
• Cover with transparent sheet to protect your work.