Indian Floor Art, Henna, & Ink | Being Art'ruistic

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It's Diwali time here in India! The festival of lights and firecrackers and food and dancing and people milling about everywhere. Did you want me to add more conjunctions in there? Hee hee Every year, I make my whacky rendition of Indian floor art, called Alpana or Rangoli, or Mooggu.

And every year, I get all excited about trying out as many different styles as possible on this tiny 6 foot by 6 foot patio area. If you have been in and around an Indian house, you would most likely be welcomed by some kind of floor art. There are thousands of different styles. Let me say that again slowly and loudly. THOUSANDS!

Sometimes, people can identify the specific region you come from in India by looking at your welcoming floor art which is created fresh every single day. Yeah! I know, right?

BUT. I don't really know much about it. So, I crouch down to the floor for a couple of hours only once a year and that's during Diwali. I've tried almost all styles of Indian floor art in my lifetime but during Diwali, I usually use the Bengali (East Indian) method called 'Alpana' (pronounced 'Al-po-nah') of using Cooked rice paste and a ball of cotton, and using imagery from nature.

There are other Indian floor art styles that can become extremely mathematical and geometric. Yeah! I know, right? This year, I am vacationing during Diwali, so I won't be around to paint the floors, so to speak. But, I really wanted to doodle something so here is something I was trying using a uniball gel pen.

Some more pictures of me going nutso. I really need to get better lighting.

My random Indian floor art (Alpana) over the years

Comment below and let me know what you thought of it. Also, Happy Diwali!


Ray out! Peace! Photo credit: me of course:)