Colourful kolam also for Deepavali / Tamil New Year/Navratri
Maargazhi matham or Margazhi maasam as we say colloquially is famous for kolam display and kolam / rangoli competitions that are held in many cities and towns in Tamil Nadu.
17 dots kolam designs - birds rangoli designs
How to draw a rose kolam with dots ( 15 pulli kolam ) - roja kolam in Tamil
Connecting the dots - activity through kolam / rangoliKolam the Indian floor art is a very useful art and activity idea for kids. Kolam is drawn using a dot grid ( usually ). The result is some simple, beautiful, intricate, tricky patterns. It is traditionally drawn on the floor in India. However this art can be used as an excellent hobby or activity. Some designs from Rangolisansdots that are there is various posts selected for this activity. Of course colours can be added to these designs making it another activity by itself. However this idea is different from the connecting with dots activities that are done through numbered dots. This is slightly difficult in that aspect however the patterns are repetitive and simple in many kolam designs. So it should be fun trying this also
Simple kolam with 7 by 4 dots for Margazhi.
Double line kolam for Margazhi
kolam - birds pattern mehndi rangoliIt is a free hand kolam - a bird design. The bird kolam is drawn and inside it we have some decorative patterns with the influence of mehandi designs. Outside there is a simple curved double line border with patterns inside and outside. Unlike the mehandi designs I have drawn with rangoli powder so far this one I have used blue and orange colours in addition to white.
A simple kolam made beautiful by filling with colours
More colourful kolam free hand for Markali season - the season of kolam designs
The next kolam above has also been drawn ith double lines or parallel lines. The basic central design is a rhombus with four chakras at the edges. From here the rangoli is again expanded to get the design in the image. Of course simple rangoli borders and some floral motifs have been added. Like in the previous rangoli, the four corners have some designs, in this case lotuses. The black and white images show the kolam in its initial stage.
Simple and different free hand kolam
How to draw this simple kolam ?
The images above show how - they have been added though it is a simple design with the same spiral patterns repeating through out. Draw the square at the centre, fill up with a colour of your choice. Then draw small spirals along the perimeter of the square, one row at a time. Begin with 5, 6 or more spiral patterns depending upon the size of square and gradually reduce it to one. It is a very simple free hand kolam design, can be done in very little time but will be beautiful and attractive to look at even without addition of colours. Hope you enjoy drawing it!
The same kolam with some more decorations added between the arms. All free hand designs only. Actually this is some what like a traditional kolam, only difference is that those are drawn with straight lines and curves whereas this one is drawn with spiral patterns. One needs a lot of patience to draw the spiral designs to see that all are as far as possible of the same size otherwise the entire design goes haywire!
kolam for Margazhi a different idea.
kolam with rose buds.
Small kolam for Margazhi
Colourful simple kolam for Margazhi
The kolam above is an intricate free hand design drawn first with white rangoli powder. The circle at the centre has seven arms of odd shapes. The gaps between the arms are filled with simple borders with two lines. The rangoli is filled with different colours. The gaps are filled with green colour. Finally the rangoli is decorated inside and on the periphery with white colour. A beautiful rangoli for the festival season. Some of these designs may be suitable for those who want simple kolam but intricate one for Margazhi.
Rangoli stencil available in the market has been used to get the central design. Place the stencil on the floor and using white powder fill up the stencil to get the central design. After removing the stencil draw a free hand border with two parallel lines drawn simultaneously. Around the border add four parallel line motifs on the sides and in the gaps - different patterns for sides and the gaps - are drawn. The kolamcan be stopped this stage. However I wanted to improve on it but make it simple. So I added I used just one colour, green to get the design at the top. The green colour lines are added as shown between the white lines or parallel to the white lines. They are also added to the central stencil design. One more combination of stencil and kolam is ready. A simple but different type of design. The patterns chosen for the free hand part of the kolam should as far as possible match the design taken from the stencil There are 12 kolam below for Margazhi.2012 I liked kolam 9, 7, 5 and 4 and 3. Hope you like all of them!! Please remember to like my Facebook page Rangoli sans dots.
Colourful free hand Margazhi kolam for 2012
The kollam on the left is a simple free hand kolam design. After drawing the basic kolam with white kolam powder, I have used a type of green and yellow colours to complete the kolamwith floral motifs, spiral patterns. A simple but attractive design. Though initially it may appear to be complicated it is a very easy design to draw. As usual a rhombus at the centre ( looks like I depend on rhombus and floral patterns a lot for the central design ). On the four sides the floral patterns with two petals connecting the side with a sepal are drawn. A somewhat similar design is repeated on the edges. The periphery is decorated with spiral patterns, straight lines and dots in white and yellow. The green, yellow and white combination - in a free hand kolam - an awesome idea. Yes?The design above (right ) is drawn using kolam powder used in the kolam below. When kolam drawn is erased or removed ( of course with a heavy heart ) the resultant mixture is of the colour shown above. Re-arrange the mixture to get a design of your choice. Then make some simple decorations with white kolam powder and the result is the design shown above. It is a combination of four birds and spiral patterns at the centre.
Free hand kolam for Margazhi
Among the popular arts in India, mehendi needs a special mention. It has been there for centuries. A few decades back, leaves of the henna plant were plucked and made into a paste and applied on the palms and feet. Now, commercial mehendi cones are available and intricate patterns are drawn on the hands using them. In a wedding, it is common to see mehendi decorations on the bride's hands. Her friends and relatives also join the wedding celebrations by applying mehandi decorations on their hands. It is called henna-tattoo in the West.
Rangoli-sans-dots would like to share a few kolam designs for Margazhi 2012. (Margazhi is the name of a month in Tamil Nadu, India ) To make it clear once more Rangoli ( an art drawn on the floor in India ) is called kolam in Tamil Nadu. It is a season for drawing rangoli designs in Tamil Nadu like Diwali in other parts of India. Kolam or rangoli designs are drawn throughout the Tamil month of Margazhi usually starting on 15 or 16th of December and ending on 15 or 16th of January when the harvest festival is celebrated. It is a joyous time for celebration - because it is spring time, people buy new clothes and make sweet dishes (Pongal ) with fresh harvest. Of course one must not forget sugar cane that is an important part of these celebrations.
(Update: I would like to upload colourful free hand rangoli for Holi and Diwali 2013!)
Kolam with dots for Margazhi in Rangolisansdots
9 dots kolam designs
11 dots kolam
For craft ideas
The rose kolam and 20 plus kolam / muggulu videos from Rangolisansdots my YouTube is at Margazhi kolangal a playlist 30 minutes long