In any art, there should be liberty for innovation. So this post has been updated with the following colourful neli kolam designs. They are from the kolam designs below but have been drawn with two colours both lines drawn simultaneously. This method has been uploaded in my YouTube channel and using this method I am updating posts where ever possible with some special kolam designs. Drawing neli kolam with parallel lines is difficult but common. So to try something different, these two designs.
The lines have been drawn with green and yellow colours. How to pick the colours and how to draw the lines refer to the video in the Rangolisansdots my YouTube Channel The two images in black and white (below ) show us how to draw the kolam below. The two images above show the steps with usual white kolam powder. Probably this and some sikku kolam designs are similar to celtic wire designs for jewellery and resemble some patterns the only difference being that these are drawn with kolam powder while they are made with wires. This us another proof that there are many beautiful art forms in this world and that they have all contributed to the beauty of our world.
For the kolam on the top. The dot pattern is 7 at the centre, two rows of 5 on either side and then 1 on either side. There may be methods simple and difficult to draw these kolams, to start and end the meandering line. The images below show intermediate steps.
For the kolam on the top that has another non-standard dot pattern the dot grid is placed as follows, 5, 4 (idukku pulli), 5,3 and 1. Then 3 and 1 at the top.
This kolam on the top has a non-standard dot pattern as is the case of many sikku kolam or neli kolam designs. The idea is get a final image that has some symmetry. Hence the dot pattern for the kolam on the right is 6 and 6 with three dots between any two dots of the six dot line. Then four dots on either side and finally two dots. One dot is placed between four and two dots. Two images showing the intermediate steps for this sikku kolam have been added
In this type of design and also in many other designs variations are possible. After all sky is the limit for our imagination. One such variation of this sikku kolam design is shown below. Add lotus patterns on all four sides of the kolam and add a few colours, pink in this colours because the pink is usually associated with lotus. There are quite a few that have lotus as theme in lotus rangoli designs
The dot template is 7 at the centre and 5, 7 and 3 on either side for the sikku kolam on the left
It is quite normal to see designs like 3 an 4 shown above drawn at the entrances of houses in Tamil Nadu. Bigger kolam designs are drawn for festivals and other special occasions