Simple rangoli designs for daily use, festivals - kolam for occasions

This post was originally meant to have only 2 free hand designs.  Since I have some more in my collection, that I have drawn and stored,  I thought I would add some more rangoli in the existing posts .  Hence more have been added   as a result some designs for small free hand rangoli . Also I plant to update this post with simple free hand rangoli designs as and when I can divert them from other posts or can draw them. They may be used without colours for the entrance and with colours for special occasions.

This post may have answers for those looking for 

How to draw simple rangoli designs for Diwali
Drawing a simple kolam design for Margazhi and Pongal or Sankranthi.
9 simple kolam designs for Navratri

Now some images of simple rangoli with colours

All are simple designs that can be drawn plain or filled with colours as shown
  The design shown above is of course a free hand pattern drawn using many patterns and motifs combined using our imagination.  The final rangoli with decorated with colourful lines along the designs to get this simple design.
The second one below can be considered to be a floral design with many layers of petals of various shapes.  Again add colourful lines parallel to the white design to get this simple but beautiful rangoli. A white version of this rangoli has been uploaded  in colouring page - rangoli. Comparing both will give us an idea how colours can influence the attractiveness of a rangoli design.

The images in black and white show two intermediate steps for the rangoli

The  rangoli on the top  has a floral design at the centre with four petals.  The flower further decorated with a simple motif on the top each petal.  Then the gaps between the petals are filled with leaf patterns.  The rangoli is first drawn in white (using rangoli powder) then the colours are added to the flowers and to the motifs.  The entire design can be filled with colours or just the inside of the lines can be augmented with colourful lines.


  The rangoli below has rhombus like design at the centre.  All the four sides and four edges of the design are added with simple free hand designs and the entire rangoli has a simple single line border at the periphery.  Add another line red- colour-continuous and parallel to the border.  Add yellow lines, broken at various places as shown in the image below.  A series of smaller rhombuses of various colours are added at the centre.  The result is the simple pattern shown below.

rangoli-simple-design-5.jpgThe next rangoli that is simple, drawn free hand has a spiral centre to begin with.  I have drawn eight petals from this.  The edges of the petals are decorated as shown.  The area between the petals is also filled with various designs.  The final image after adding colours represents a simple floral pattern, I think.

 The rangoli below is also a simple free hand rangoli design, can be drawn at the entrances of apartments where space is a constraint..  Draw the central design and around it draw four motifs as shown.  On these draw simpler designs or motifs.  Finish the design with colours. Now using white rangoli  powder make some more decorations to the rangoli.  This can be used as a central design for a bigger rangoli.                                        


Some simple rangoli have been  posted above. My stock of colour rangoli powder is depleting fast and I have to make necessary arrangements. Hence I have opted for drawing parallel colour lines in many areas instead of filling up the designs or the gaps.  After all, necessity is the mother of all inventions - this is not an invention in  the literal sense, only an adaptation to the situation.

The  rangoli is also a simple floral design with decorations on all four sides and between the petals with a simple border surrounding it. Fill up the gaps with any one colour of our choice.  This has to be done carefully and patiently to avoid colour spilling onto the already drawn design.  However the result will be very attractive.

The next rangoli is a quite a common design.  Usually one starts with the pattern at the centre drawn with parallel lines.  Some simple lotus designs are drawn around the design at the centre.  The gaps at the centre are filled with patterns shown.  Alternatively we can draw the lotus designs finally after filling the areas around the centre.



  The next rangoli is also a floral design.  The star shaped design is drawn to get two lines.  Petals are drawn along the edges of the star and edges of the petals have some floral designs.  The gaps between are filled with floral petals and the rangoli is filled with blue pink and green colours to get the design shown below.   A simple but attractive rangoli.  Can be drawn in no time.

Small rangoli with steps in 
 rangoli designs for beginners.