Kolam with dots are also there.
Draw it with rice flour or kolapodi to get a beautiful effect.
These rangolis can be catergoried as apartment kolams - the term used widely today for small and simple and easy kolams- because space is a constraint in many apartments.
The image below shows a variation of common kolam ( with the central design alone ). The longer arms have been decorated with leaf patterns. The small circles inside can also be converted into small flowers or dots placed in an arc or any other decoration, let our imagination run riot in free hand kolam designs. There are no hard and fast rules. We frame the rules ( !. ) in kolam drawing .
Simple apartment kolam / muggulu / rangoli / Vaasal kolam for flats
Door rangoli / Apartment muggulu / Entrance kolam
One who is not familiar with this type of rangoli may get an idea as to how a simple rangoli is drawn every day. This is quite common in Tamil Nadu, a state in the southern part of India. Some designs I draw at the entrance are featured below
Starting this is quite easy, draw the three intersecting lines at the centre. Connect the edges with semicircular patterns as shown. The border is decorated with mango designs (as they are called in Tamil ) probably they resemble simple Paisley motifs too. The remaining decorations are evident in the image and hence self-explanatory.
The next rangoli is floral design with parallel lines. Though it appears as if there is a shake in the camera, it is actually a rangoli drawn with two parallel lines. The central floral design with six petals is surrounded by motifs chosen according to our imagination. A simple yet beautiful design suitable for Navratri
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small kolam that can be drawn at the entrance
The next rangoli - Draw a spiral design at the centre. Around the spiral pattern draw intersecting curved lines to get a floral pattern. Around the line drawn along the contour of the floral design draw more simple floral patterns as shown to get this rather simple rangoli.
The f rangoli in the image is a free hand rangoli drawn with parallel lines, start with the three intersecting parallel lines ( an oxymoron says my son !) and evolve the rangoli design from there drawing floral petals and complete the design by connecting all the petals. The patterns drawn inside the rangoli are optional however they will make the design more attractive. A kaavi (a red coloured sand powder ) border is usually drawn on Fridays.
More kutty kolam designs through images
The next kolam in this series is a free hand kolam. Though the image is self-explanatory, just for the sake of record - A simple star formed with two inverted triangles has petal motifs on the six edges with simple diya designs as borders. The kolam is first drawn with a single white line. The second line is added later.
Free hand kolam gives us the liberty to draw according to our imagination, the kolam may grow, expand or change even as we draw and imagine simultaneously. This kolam below is proof of how we can allow our imagination to run riot. The previous kolam with star and petal pattern has been made more attractive with birds and fruits patterns added in the space between the petals.
The result is a floral design around a geometric shape. Add simple designs or patterns on this kolam according to your imagination. The pattern at the centre, a spiral design with dots around it is optional. However if it is absent, the kolam may look incomplete due to the blank area in the centre.
The next kolam is a kolam with 5 dots, the dot pattern is 5 by 5. Use the 3 by 3 grid at the centre to draw the petals. Use up the remaining dots to draw the simple patterns and curved lines.
There is no limit for the expansion and decoration of a rangoli. This is one more most post to show how we can generate ideas on free hand rangoli designs. Obviously, many are aware of this. Since I feel that Rangoli-sans-dots should cater to the widest range possible, I have devoted a few posts and few rangolis to beginners or to those for whom rangoli is a new concept.
Some of my vaasal padi kolam designs
Using a 5 dot grid - 5 to 3 dots we can achieve many beautiful kolam designs using our imaginations. Incidentally there are many 4 and 5 dot kolam in Rangolisansdots. After placing the dot grid form the star shaped pattern at the centre. The remaining dots are used to get six bird shaped designs. Add the crown and other designs inside the kolam.
Double line kolam can also be drawn at the entrance with some practice. One simple design below. Drawing two separate lines without overlapping needs some practice and is one of the most beautiful aspects of kolam. The next one is a padi kolam with lotus at the four edges and free hand motifs added can be categorised under a naalu moolai kolam too. Padi kolam can be drawn on Fridays with a kaavi or red ochre colour border. It is easier to add colours to a two line kolam. Add colourful lines between the lines and the effect obtained is totally different.
Padi kolam / Padi kolam designs of Tamil Nadu
They are considered to be auspicious. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi likes them very much. Though they are simple without decorations or colours, tradition has it that they are drawn for auspicious occasions.
Since Rangoli-sans-dots is about rangoli without dots, primarily, posting of such designs is to show the wide variety of designs that are available to us as also because of the importance accorded to this type for marriages and other such functions (in Tamil Nadu, I hope it so in many other parts also ).
The first one above is the simplest of them all. Few lines at the top and few lines at the bottom. Similarly the same number of lines on the left and then on the right. The square formed at the centre is filled with some simple designs. All rangolis are invariably surrounded by a pair of lines in white with a kaavi or brown border between them. I do not know when or how they came into existence. Also how, when and why they became auspicious or considered to be auspicious is not known (to me).
Probably they were the earliest designs drawn because colours are not added to them. If some one has authentic information please throw light on this issue. They are also called manai kolam in Tamil because similar designs are drawn on manai - a low wooden seat. These seats are used in house warming ceremonies, marriages on which the person or persons performing the auspicious act sit cross legged. The manai or wooden seat is decorated traditional rangoli designs and hence the name manai kolam. The two photos are among the simplest naalu moolai kolam, the first one with the basic pattern only.
The maavilai kolam can be drawn with 7 by 4 dot grid .
The next kolam can be drawn with 5 by 5 dot grid. Using simple patterns we can get a simple yet beautiful kolam. Placing of dots around the kolam is one of the trademarks of my mother.
So, this kolam drawn without dots can also fit into a dot grid, you may probably 'discover' this kolam with dots elsewhere in Rangoli-sans-dots! The kolam has a six petal twin lobed floral design at the centre with floral patterns adorning each petal along with creeper tendrils like motifs. The centre has been decorated with white rangoli sprinkled to make it more naturalistic (!).
Now, another common free hand rangoli design using commonly used patterns. The intersecting S shaped curved lines expand into the motifs that radiate like the spokes of a wheel ( shall I say, I could not think of a suitable comparison ). The gaps are filled with deepam like patterns and the kolam was completed with dots placed as shown ( after all like mother like daughter - I have to imitate my mother ! )
Another free hand kolam for entrance. Draw a number of straight lines extended at the top as shown. Draw alternate spiral and lamp motifs as shown. It is a simple but beautiful design. Colours can be added and the lamp decorated further for festivals like Karthigai. The next kolam ( on the right ) I drew on a Monday, the first day of the week. To begin the week a free hand kolam at the entrance with lines and arcs as the basic design with other patterns as shown to decorate the plain kolam.
The kolam design above is using a 7 by 4 idukku pulli dot grid. Draw the central floral and hexagon patterns and connect the remaining dots as shown through a spiral pattern. We can add a border around the kolam also. The kolam on the right is another free hand kolam with with spiral pattern at the centre with spiral patterns all around ( this is also quite common in kolam and in Rangolisansdots ) with floral patterns all around with curlicues as shown.
For a change, I tried this mehandi rangolli design with paisley patterns at the entrance. Drawing a paisley pattern in at a single stretch is difficult, we can complete in two stages. One of the features of drawing a kolam with thin lines is that when the kolam is erased for drawing a new one , the kolapodi retrieved will be less than spoonful !
Using the basic star design I have drawn a simple kolam or rangoli shown in the image above. I prefer free hand rangoli or small rangoli with dots at the entrance . You would have noticed that I use sikku kolam infrequently because my mother taught me that sikku kolam should be used rarely at the entrance.
In this kolam I have tried some cute bird designs that appear to perch on the petals. If we are confident we can add one more line to get a double layered appearance. Though simple and small this kolam when drawn at the entrance will definitely attract the attention of your neighbours. Also called kutty rangoli kolam designs by some , these small and cute kolam are a must for decorating our house. Proceed to view more kutty kolangal !
This kolam was drawn the previous day also but the newspaper delivery at my house ensured that the kolam was erased. The result the previous day's kolam did not even last the time it took me to draw the kolam.
ther free hand kolam for the entrance of flats or any other house. As has been with many kolam designs I have shared, this is also small and simple with floral petals and leaves. I have added tendril like patterns too. Flowers, leaves and tendrils go well together and all will look in place.
It is still early days for Rangoli-sans-dots and hence I am focussing on random designs, one or two in each post. I am also concentrating on free hand rangolis because that is the title, basically. Later I would like to venture into themes like Diya and festivals. And also, rangoli with dots. So far as designs with dots are concerned the dot template can start as low as three dots for beginners to 20 to 25 dots for bigger rangolis. How ever the usual designs have 7 to 10 dots or upto 15 dots. All these later. The idea is there
So I would like to share some simple kolam with or without colours, with or without dots that may be useful to those who favour simple and small kolam during this season for kolam.
This kolam is drawn free hand , after all it is Rangolisansdots ! The central floral pattern is drawn with a number of overlapping petals around a spiral pattern , these petals can be drawn continuously with some practice. Around these petals motifs that are quite common in kolam designs are drawn in two layers. he central floral pattern can be and is drawn in a continuous stretch.
A simple kolam with colours I drew during Margali month at the entrance
Some related kolam designs