You can either make a flower rangoli or the tradition color rangoli. If you are not very comfortable with making one yourself, use of stencils can make it really simple. You can also make your own stencils.
Step 1: Finalise a design you want to make. You can get multiple references online or you can even draw one for yourself.
Step 2: Get the colors according to your design. I prefer the sandy texture of colors as they are easy to fill.
Step 3: Beginners can use a piece of chalk to draw a basic design which they intent to fill to avoid much deviation from the original design.
Step 4: Start filling your design and finish it with an outline to enhance the design.
Tips & Tricks:
- You can use a tea strainer to fill the colors where possible to get an even look.
- Use of charcoal powder where black color is needed is a better option.
- Use an insecticide spray around your rangoli if you have used any flower or edible component like flour to prevent ants running through your rangoli.
- Outlining you rangoli enhances the look. Also, using multiple contrast colors will make it look brighter and more festive.
- Lighting diyas around the rangoli is an element addition.
Update from Diwali 2015;