a) Take a stainless steel or porcelain plate or shallow vessel that can hold water. I have used what we call thambalam in Tamil.
b) Wash the plate well and then clean it with a clean and dry cloth.
c) Spread the oil on the plate evenly and uniformly using the hand so that a thin film of oil is formed on the plate
d) Choose the rangoli to be drawn on the plate. I have chosen what is called kubera kolam drawn with a dot grid
e) The photos from the second to fifth show how the rangoli is drawn using a dot grid.
f) I have already explained the steps in Rangolisansdots. However as a recap. Place eight dots around a
central dot so that they are equidistant. Now draw five lines of decreasing length above two consecutive dots as shown. Do this between the outer dots to get eight sets of lines. Then connect the right edge of the top line to the top dot on the right and from there go to the right edge of the next line and so on to get the final kolam / rangoli design.
f) After completing the rangoli, gently add water from the rim of the plate ( do not pour ) so that the rangoli is covered with water. Add water till the rangoli is completely covered with water. Some particles of rangoli are washed away but the rangoli design stays sticking to the thin film of oil !.
Add oil, spread the oil and place the dot grid
The rangoli goes under water by adding more water from the rim
First diya rangoli for Diwali in Rangolisansdots
The second rangoli below is simpler than the first one. A simple design is drawn at the centre and at the edges diyas are drawn free hand. The rangoli is filled with pink and green partitions at the centre. As usual yellow and red colours are used for the diyas. The earthen lamp are coloured with purple colour for a change instead of the usual brown.
flower rangoli designs
colourful rangoli designs