The first kolam can be drawn with dots and free hand too. This is with a dot circular dot grid around a central dot. The central lines can be seen curved around the dots. The other motifs are extended from there.
This is a free hand kolam and can be also drawn with dots. The kaavi border indicates that it is drawn on a day when a festival celebrated on a Wednesday. Please see the vasal padi decorated with a border ( Gadapa muggulu my mother used to say ). This is my standard decoration for the sill at the entrance . Two sets of lines with neli or curved lines on either side. A lotus pattern is drawn between them. Next comes the small rangoli motif at the base of the vasal padi. Then I start the main kolam.
I also draw a kolam with a piece of chalk near the gas stove at night after cleaning the stove and kitchen counter. We can also draw with rice flour on the kitchen counter but kola podi should be avoided , obviously to avoid it getting mixed with the recipes we prepare.
This is a beautiful kolam I created when I spend some time for creation of kolam and try some handicrafts at home. This is quite a simple kolam drawn only with straight lines outside the dot grid.
This has been shared elsewhere in Rangolisansdots with colours - for festival kolam. The dot grid used is 7 by 7 . The single image I have added is I think self explanatory. However if you still want to have detailed steps or have some doubts please refer the video below from my YouTube channel on rangoli.
kolam video from my Channel on kolam
Double stroke or double line kolam form part of my ideas for a kolam on any day of a week. So it happened to be on a Wednesday , I draw a simple and basic double stroke kolam with parallel and inclined lines connected to form a pattern. So I have shared it here due to the relevance of the post.
Continuing our discussion on double line rangoli , this free hand rangoli below with double lines is the monochrome version of a colourful rangoli I have shared in Rangolisansdots. I am not able to give the exact article because of the huge collection of rangoli designs here.
This is a kolam I created with 7 by 4 dots. With just hexagon patterns created by connecting the dots we can get a simple and easy kolam for the entrance. It it such a simple kolam that it can be understood without steps.
The next kolam is also with 7 to 4 dot grid. Such simple designs are suitable for daily kolam desings. Some of the pictures may appear a bit hazy though I have tried to make them as sharp as possible. It is because the photos have been taken early in the morning with less or insufficient light.
The next kolam is also very small . It can be drawn with 5 by 3 dot grid or free hand also. It is a deepam kolam with diya designs in 6 directions. Draw a Christmas star like pattern and extend the lines from the outer edges of the star and form the diya patterns. Seems simple but we can get stuck there !
Now the next kolam is a classical maavilai or mango leaves kolam , the dot grid is 7 to 4. Of course a small kolam suitable for a daily kolam. I have shared a colourful version also. It is quite common and should be easy to draw so the kolam without steps is the picture below. Here two layers of leaves are drawn , we can draw three layers of leaves with 9 dots.
One more Wedneday one more small kolam. This is a birds kolam with just 5 to 3 dots. While is quite easy because of the small size and simple patterns drawing the birds is only tricky part. If we can achieve this with some degree of perfection ( remember we are not computers so we cannot be perfectly perfect !) it will be a very beautiful sight to the eyes. Here is the picture. The steps for this rangoli I have shared already in Rangolisansdots. I do not follow kizhamai kolam as they call kolam for various days of a week like Budhan kolam etc. So I share what I draw for various days of the week
The next kolam uses a five by five dot grid ( ner pulli , of course !). This is quite a common kolam. What I have done is a variation of this commonly drawn kolam at the entrance. We can change the parts of a kolam and add free hand patterns also , so we can have many variations of the same kolam.
I have used floral petal like designs on the four edges instead we can have rhombus like patterns to match the four parallelogram designs. The limit is only our imagination even for such a small kolam.