Rangoli on water surface step by step

 Navarathri , Diwali decorations at home 

The rangoli below uses a technique through which we draw double lines with different colours


Pour water on a clean plate.  Choose the plate size according to the size of the rangoli you need to make.

Use a sieve and add rice flour .  Rice flour ensures that the rangoli stays above water.and it also gives an opaque background so that the design in visible.


The sieve helps us to remove solid particles ( which otherwise we may have to break gently with a pin )

It also helps to spread the rice flour on water evenly.


Draw the rangoli gently on water , it should be similar to how an insect skims on the surface of water.



Drawing small dots on rangoli comes with practice.

Small white dots make the rangoli more beautiful.

If left undisturbed the rangoli stays for a week.  We can use to decorate our homes for Navarathri golu, as a Diwali special rangoli , light lamps around it. 

Easy rangoli hacks for Diwali festival

Diwali rangoli hacks 





Two rangoli designs above and below showing the step by step procedure to create these simple rangoli design that can be made use of for Diwali festival decoration at home


Place the cups in a pattern, fill rangoli colours with thick lines around and gently push the paper cups and remove them.




The first rangoli makes use of now what is the ubiquitous paper cup .  When viewers on Facebook Page and YouTube requested me for easy methods to create rangoli designs since they were not comfortable with the traditional finger technique that we use in kolam.  I put myself in their shoes and thus these methods were born.  One rangoli video made using paper cups went so viral on my Facebook Page it reached nearly 15 million views !

The next design rangoli makes use of CD and bangles.  The photos below should be self explanatory. 
The arrangement of the tools and patterns drawn are our choice.





Small is beautiful , as they say ,  we can convey the message of beauty of rangoli through such small n simple designs also .  We need not get intimidated by big rangolis that are also drawn during festivals.  
The next rangoli design using just a bangle, bullets ( thick dots ) and pencil 

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One more rangoli using simple rangoli hacks

A simple circular and colourful rangoli for Dipavali festival


Draw a perfect circle using a tool and form patterns with caps


Place bullets and form flower designs with cotton bud



Using a tooth pick or cotton bud form patterns at centre also

Simple rangoli hacks for Diwali and New Year 

This is a fusion of a traditional rangoli , only the circle is drawn with a tool.  The spirals and other patterns are drawn free hand. The trick in drawing the spiral is that it should be drawn in a single stroke to get a beautiful and uniform pattern.  If we draw in two or three steps it will be non-uniform with joints.  



Flower designs with rangoli colours and cotton bud or tooth pick




Mark the dot grid you would like the rangoli design to be with.  Place more colours called bullets.  Using tooth pick , cotton bud or match stick form floral patterns.  Complete the rangoli as per your imagination. 

Very easy rangoli hack with bangles for Deepavali

We can create really awesome rangoli using simple hacks with bangles and cotton bud / pencil .  See the pictures to follow this easy trick.




Hand book of kolam and recipes

There were lots of requests from viewers on YouTube and Facebook for a book of kolams.  I conducted a poll on Facebook .  Some suggested adding recipes also. So this is my first venture into book publishing .  I wanted it to be a compact book that can be carried in a handbag for reference. 

It has a little bit of everything every Indian lady may need - 50 padi kolam ( rangoli with lines ) with one or two images for the steps ) some free hand rangoli,  two rangoli for Puja room with lots of steps, some recipes ,  Pooja songs in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada., information on how to celebrate Varalakshmi Vratham , recipes for festivals, Diwali recipes and daily recipe ideas too.

Hope it is useful.  The paper quality is used is 100 gsm according to the publisher and it is a full colour book.  The publisher ( Notion Press ) suggested this quality so that the appearance of the images is enhanced.

If would like to purchase the book ,  go to the link here 

The table of contents is given below


A sample from the book