This rangoli uses a non standard dot grid , 2,5,6,5,6,5,2 . After placing the dot grid draw the central star design and the remaining patterns using the remaining dots. Drawing some lines inside as shown in the picture and shading the star pattern will make even such a small design very attractive.
This is a kolam with 5 to 3 dot grid. Invariably what ever I create at the entrance of my house , most of the times the designs are thought of as I bend down to draw the kolam be it free hand or with dots.
Since most of my designs are small and simple almost all can be drawn free hand or with a dot pattern. This kolam below can be drawn free hand also , I have chosen a 5 to 3 dot grid .
Draw the inner and outer hexagons the outer hexagon covering the outer most dots in the dot grid. Connect the edges , six are there of both the hexagon designs with designs as shown in the image.
All the sides of the other hexagon are decorated with spirals and dots or bullets to complete the rangoli. This can be drawn in less than two minutes. It is such an easy design. Please try these designs here and give your feedback.
The next rangoli below is a common design with 5 to 3 dot patterns . After drawing the birds connect all of them with flower pattern at the centre to give a merry go round effect.
We can draw any kolam , dotted variety or free hand on Thursday ( Guru varam or Vyazhakizhami )
if we happen to celebrate a festival on Thursday , we can draw a padi kolam with a kaavi border. One such padi kolam , simple pattern is shown in the image below. I invariably use 4 or 5 lines for my padi kolam though some feel it should be four or six.
This tradition of using 4 or 5 lines has been there in our family for decades , from my grand mother's time so I am following it. In fact my sister insists that we should invariably use 5 lines. However we do not use any other odd number other than five. What are your thoughts on this tradition. Please tell me.
The rangoli after the padi kolam is a 9 to 5 dot kolam and can be drawn on a Thursday at the entrance of our homes. It is a deceptive design , I should confess, at first sight it looks very easy but after extending the arms from the centre of the dot grid , drawing the rhombus patterns has to be done with some care. If we draw them casually , we may make some mistakes resulting in the rhombus designs clashing with one another or touching the central extending arms.
The next rangoli can be drawn free hand or with a dot pattern. If you are more comfortable with the dotted variety of kolam you can use a 7 to 4 dot grid. Seven to four dot pattern is one of the most popular dot grid along with 9 to 5 and 5 to 3 in the idukku pulli or oodu pulli ( oodu means in between in Tamil )
After connecting the dots with lines as shown in the image we can use the remaining dots with patterns that come according to our imagination. I can assure you that the more we practice , the more designs ( simple and small of course ) that will flow from our hands through the rangoli powder.
Another Thursday and one more rangoli with dots also known as chukkala muggulu in Telugu ( my mother lived in Vizianagaram for a long time and later moved to Salem , so there will be Telugu influence in our house ! Thursday is Guruvaram and kolam is muggulu for some of our relatives ! ) This kolam was created by me using a 7 to 4 dot pattern and the designs are of course birds , those who follow this blog will know that I use a lot of birds in my kolam.
A 7 by 4 dot kolam with leaves patterns for a Thursday muggu drawn at the entrance. After drawing the leaves patterns that are attached to the stalk , we have dots between the lines. I have connected them with curved lines probably to represent tendrils of a creeper. The leaves represent the leaves and tendrils of a creeper. Quite a simple method of drawing plants isn't it !
The next two muggulu are drawn using a 9 to 1 dot pattern , the centre design is almost the same. One undergoes metamorphosis and gets converted into a butterfly (!) and the other gets changed into peacock patterns. Drawing these muggulu is really a pleasure as the dots get connected to form the design of our imagination. We can also try these designs for festivals like Navratri , Akshaya Tritiya and New Year .
If you may want to know how this peacock ( mayil ) and butterfly ( pattampoochi as we say in Tamil ) kolam are drawn with 9 dots , this video below gives an idea for both the designs i.e the steps for both kolam are available in this video