The entrance sill I usually decorate with lines , neli and lotus as shown in the previous image. I draw a free hand pattern at the base of this design combination and this I keep changing. This is norm in my kolam making. First the lotus with lines and neli on either side of the lotus. Then a free hand design at the base of the lotus design. Then I move away a little further back to draw the main kolam. I call it the main kolam to identify it only. It is also invariably small and simple .
After drawing the basic outlines the next step is to fill the inside of the kolam with patterns that somewhat match the design.
Cotton bud dipped kaavi solution is used to draw the border.