My kolam videos
A collection of nearly 100 free hand kolam videos is at my kolam videos - simple free hand kolam
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.
These colourful kolam can be accommodated where space is short . So most are short free hand kolam designs though theoretically free hand rangoli or kolam can be expanded upto infinity ! After Margazhi comes Pongal or Sankranthi in Telugu. Kolam or muggulu is an important part of the celebration of Sankranthi festival
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.
Mehandi kolam / rangoli designs in white
A simple kolam made beautiful by filling with colours for Sankranti
More colourful kolam free hand for Markali season - the season of kolam designs till Pongal
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 for New Year
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.
A beautiful small kolam without dots with colour using rose buds
Thekolam shown (above) with flower buds, I had actually drawn for Margazhi, but then I thought a dozen free hand rangoli would suffice for Margazhi and hence did not post this intially. So here it is. Isn't it a colourful kolam for a special occasion like a special kolam for Margazhi? The kolam - the basic central floral pattern is drawn and the gaps are filled with rose buds. The entire arrangement is decorated with a simple border with some designs radiating outwards. The gaps are filled with grey and light orange colours and buds are filled with different colours to get the final design. Decorations with blue rangoli powder have also been made to enhance the effect.The next one above on the left, freehand kolam - somewhat colourful like the colours of Holi ! These two rangoli designs above can be used decorate our homes for festivals like Janmashtami (or Krishna Jayanthi) and Deepavali, Navratri to give am awesome and grand look. . As usual draw the central floral pattern and expand along the edges with designs of your choice to get the final image. The flower is decorated with designs between the petals as shown and above each designs with straight lines of white, pink and blue colours are drawn to match the colours of the central flower. Two intermediate stages of this rangoli in the images below.
Steps for drawing the beautiful rangoli shown above
The two rangoli designs above can also be used for poo kolam design drawn for Onam.
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.
Simple muggulu/ rangavalli with bright colours for Sankranthi
Simple free hand kolam for Margazhi
Second kolam - draw a simple free hand kolam as shown in the photo, filling up the entire kolam and the background takes time makes it a suitable choice for a simple colourful kolam for Margazhi.
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.
The free hand kolam above is a lotus design with four lotus and four lotus buds pointing towards a simple floral design at the centre. The rangoli design is covered with a simple rangoli border. The gaps between the flowers is filled with blue rangoli powder to complete the design. Lotus designs are considered auspicious as stated some where else in Rangoli-sans-dots hence the kolamdesign below would be suitable for festivals like Navaratri, Varalakshmi Pooja and Raksha Bandhan. The different shades of pink for the lotus add to the awesomeness of the kolam design.
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.
Now that Karthigai Deepam is over next important season for rangolis is the Tamil month of Margazhi. During this month it is customary to draw a kolam every day at dawn in Tamil Nadu culminating with grand kolams on the last day of Margazhi and the first day of Thai (Tamil month). The atmosphere in streets at dawn has already been described I hope that this season is celebrated with the same festival fervour in many other parts of India also. The rangoli in Rangoli-sans-dots a small offering to the thousands of ladies who wake up before dawn to draw the beautiful Margazhi kolam.
(Update: I would like to upload colourful free hand rangoli for Holi and Diwali 2013!)
The mixture of kola podi (powder ) used for the kolam designs drawn so far has been preserved by me. The result looks like a falooda ice-cream. I do not want to waste it. So I l use it in some designs and to check the effect. . Please try to identify where I use the mixture for getting colour kola podi kolam.
Kolam with dots for Margazhi in Rangolisansdots
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