Simple kolam with dots

Lotus kolam with dots for Margazhi or Pongal



The lotus rangoli above is with a dot pattern 13 to 1. Draw the simple design at the centre.  Add the four lotuses coloured pink on four sides.  Connect the remaining dots to use them up as shown.  A very beautiful flower rangoli. . In case you want to draw a single lotus free hand version it is given below. Two intermediate steps of the lotus rangoli or kolam are shownin the image above.

Single lotus kolam with dots

How to draw a simple lotus kolam dots - single lotus

There are many methods for drawing a simple lotus kolam design. I have added one of the simplest methods. The result is an impressive kolam through a simple method.  Place 7 dots in two rows and below them place 5 dots in three rows.  Join the dots to form the petals of the lotus.  Fill pink colour to get the single lotus kolam. Two steps are also shown to give a clear idea. This simple design drawn with dots ( can also be drawn without dots ) may be suitable for Fridays , first time Diwali rangoli, festivals like  Karthik Purnima, 

I would like to post some simple kolam  with dots ( or simple chukkala muggulu in Telugu )  because I have received  many requests from friends and viewers. Almost all kolam  I have drawn for Margazhi month are free hand designs. However I want to limit the number of dots to 15 in this post, to make the rangolis simple so that I can devote a separate post for bigger rangolis.. Also I  have not limited the design at the plain stage but filled with some colours.   All rangolis in this post are creations (!) of my own imagination so please bear with me.  Once one becomes relatively comfortable with free hand rangolis it is some what easy to create rangoli with dots.  What we have to do is to imagine the design of our choice and try to fit it into a dot pattern.  It is easy for smaller kolams with less than 15 dots and easier for kolams less than 10 dots.   I have shown some examples in previous posts how a free hand rangoli an be converted into one with dots.  The "lotus kolam", and the "butterfly and flower kolam" are examples.   Similarly it is possible to convert other kolam ( please note that I  use the words rangoli and kolam because I do not differentiate between the two though there may be differences in classic explanations).  Obviously, all rangoli with dots can be converted into free hand type.  Here is a collection of some rangolis.  Probably you will observe that  there is a bias towards free hand designs even in these because that's Rangoli-sans-dots.
The rangoli above has been drawing using  dots of 13 to 1 dot pattern (ner pulli). Draw the birds (ducks) first on the outside.  Then add the simple flower at the centre. I have chosen a floral petal design we can use any other design according to our imagination.   Connect the birds with petal patterns to use the dots.  Add colours as shown to complete the design.  .The black and white image shows the rangoli stage after the ducks are drawn.  The remaining dots are used up as shown in the completed rangoli in the image at the top.


The rangoli above is of 9 dots to 9 dots pattern. Draw the four lamp like designs on the four corners.  Add the central  swastik  design enhanced with simple lines as shown.  In the remaining dots add a simple sikku kolam design filled with colours and simple designs in white powder.   Two images showing how the kolam develops are also shown.

Some small and simple kolam with 7 dots     

    Two versions of the same kolam are shown below only the colours additon is different.  The one on the left has a single while the one on the right has a different colouring scheme.                                               

This rangoli above has a dot template of 7 by 7.  Draw the outer floral designs as shown in the video.  Draw the flower at the centre and add the patterns above as shown in the image.  Quite an easy and basic rangoli and can be drawn in very little time.  It is quite popular on my YouTube Channel. Since it is a very simple design it can be drawn free hand also.  This rangoli has been posted on Rangoli of November  2012 as a free hand design. It can be drawn free hand too. The  photo above shows some of the steps in drawing this kolam and are self-explanatory. and the two images below show how it can be drawn without using a dot grid ! Easy for small kolam designs using basic kolam patterns.

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The dot pattern of the rangoli  is 7 by 4.  In this case draw the central floral petals.  Draw more petals as shown to connect the edges of the central petals.  Add simple designs to use up the remaining dots.  I have used just one colour,  pink and still it is beautiful, isn't it. We start a design either from the centre or from the periphery according to our choice. The first image shows the steps in the beginning for this kolam and the second image shows the kolam nearing completion and these two images give us an idea as to how to draw it


The next kolam is of dot pattern 7 by 7. Draw the floral design on the four corners. Then add the design at the centre.  Connect both with some simple designs as shown.  It is also a simple rangoli with minimum colours and can be drawn in a few minutes .  Draw the central design in blue and connect the edges to the pink floral petals. and use the remaining dots with patterns of  your choice. The two images in black and white give us an idea as to how to draw this kolam.

Deepam kolam with dots for Karthigai or Deepavali 

This is a simple kolam that can be drawn for Karthigai Deepam or as a Deepavali kolam design with deepam.
The dot grid is 7 to 4 idukku pulli.  It is suitable when we want to celebrate the festival with a simple design.
A simple kolam that can be drawn for these festivals for deepam as a theme.



This  rangoli for Diwali is drawn using the swastik and  diya or divaa.  The importance of these symbols in  India has been emphasised many a time.  Diya rangolis are very much sought after particularly during Diwali.

This rangoli or kolam design is quite a common design   The first image shows the dot pattern.  We have to place 6 by 6 dots with a pair of dots outside the dot grid - on either side of the edge of the dot grid.  Draw the swastik patterns and and lamps and fill with colours.

A collection of simple kolam designs ( chukkala muggulu as they are called in Telugu ) using 7, 9 dot grid.  The designs drawn are all very simple

The rangoli below, free hand type and simple drawn for this post.  Draw two inverted triangles and then draw the hexagonal pattern outside to obtain the geometric pattern.  At the edge of each triangle draw floral motifs and on the edge of  the hexagon draw spiral patterns.   Fill with colours as desired.

I always felts that most simple kolam designs that are drawn free hand can be drawn with a dot grid the vice versa also being probable .  One such simple design above drawn by me as a free hand design, I have not tried whether it fits into a dot pattern.  Please try, I think it may not be easy.

A floral pattern with dots and without dots I tried for Akshaya Tritiya




This kolam is with dot pattern of 5 by 5.  This reminds me of  the flower datura (called oomatham poo in Tamil) the only difference being that datura is white in colour.  I hope this information is correct.The video is my YouTube channel showing the design drawn with dots.  The picture on the right shows the initial stages of the kolam. The two images in black and white show how we can draw it without using a dot grid.  The flowers in pink are drawn without a dot grid

Rangoli means rows of colours, that all of us must be aware by now.  Rangoli also invariably refers to designs without dots.  However, kolam in Tamil Nadu usually refers to rangoli with dots.  Since I am from Tamil Nadu I would like to draw designs with dots and without dots .    It goes without saying that all designs that are drawn without dots can be drawn with dots and the same is true for the reverse case too.  Theoretically it should be possible.  It is easy for smaller patterns and it gets more and more difficult as the size of the rangoli increases.  It also depends on the intricacy of the pattern.  It is easier for less intricate kolam / rangoli designs patterns.  For the more difficult ones one has to combine free hand designs to a dot template decided by us

The next design is a very simple kolam with 4 by 4 dots.  I wanted to post elsewhere but I wanted to maintain the order of dots.  Hence it is here.  It is just a design with some symmetrical patterns Draw the rangoli starting with the outer designs first and complete the rangoli using the remaining dots at the centre.  Fill with colours as shown. Similarly this kolam design can also be drawn without dots.


I would like to include smaller kolam designs also here. The image  below is a 5 to 3 dot pattern ( 5,4, 3 on either side ) kolam with a hexagon at the centre.  From each of the hexagon draw deepam patterns as shown.  Fill the kolam with a few colours. There are quite a few  kolam designs in 5 dot rangoli      The steps for drawing this kolam or rangoli are shown in 3 stages.  First the hexagon at the centre is drawn and from each edge straight lines connect the outer dots. Then connect the dot between the lines with curved dots. Add lamp designs as shown as also colours.  

After some kolam designs with colours filled , this one I have left plain, I have tried this kolam on a lighter background.  The dot pattern is 7 by 7 dots.  The trick is to draw a number of parallel and straight lines as shown in the three images.  The dots remaining at the centre are used up with curved patterns and those at the corners with patterns as shown in the second pic.   As we do in sikku kolam, the lines are drawn outside the dots.  Though the design is simple, it looks elegant when completed even without colours.  This design, I "invented" while trying a new kolam with 7 by 7 dot grid.



Simple dots kolam with simple birds designs

This kolam uses a five by five dot grid.  After placing the dots place two more dots at all the four corners one horizontally on the left or right and the other vertically on the top or bottom.  The three images shows the intermediate steps.  While drawing the step in the first two images is easy.  Drawing the curved lines to get the final birds designs has to be done with care.  The extra dots are used to get the tail of the birds.



This is a simple kolam I drew for Akshaya Tritiya 

I wanted to try something different. This one is a kolam with a dot pattern 6 dot by 6.  Frankly, this design is not what I planned but as I stated many times the influence of free hand designs makes me change the design while drawing.  A kolam with four "angry birds" says my daughter(!) because all birds have turned their heads away and are not looking at one another.
(Akshaya Tritiya is considered by many to be one of the most auspicious days for starting a new venture.  It falls in the month of Chaitra ( in April-May) on the third day after the new moon day.  Akshaya means lasting for ever.  Tritiya refers to the third day after new moon.  According to legends Lord Krishna's childhood friend, Sudhama visited him after many years.  He was stricken with poverty. His wife asked him to seek the help of Lord Krishna.  It is said that He uttered the word Akshaya three times for each mouthful of flattened rice preparation ( called aval in Tamil and poha in Marathi ) His friend's poverty vanished and he became very rich.  It is considered to be auspicious to learn a new art or mantra on this day. ) So let us learn some new kolam designs like this one - new but simple only the free hand patterns for the birds need some practice


7 dots kolam with basic floral patterns

Another simple kolam with 7 by 4 dots grid (idukku pulli ) using a hexagon as a base ( I have drawn some kolam using 7 dots grid and hexagon already in Rangolisansdots ).  The first image shows the hexagon and the basic floral pattern at the centre.  The next image shows the kolam nearing completion with patterns drawn at the edges of the sides of the hexagon and simple motifs at the centre of each side.  Finally curved lines that radiate from the centre to each edge add to the beauty of the kolam .



The next rangoli / kolam is also an easy design for learning. The first three images teach the kolam through three steps.  In the first step the dot pattern shows three dots placed around a central dot resulting in the formation of eight arms.  The second image shows how the pattern is formed at the centre by drawing the curved lines around the dots.  The third image shows how the outer motif connects the centre and the outer two dots.  The result a simple kolam that can be learnt and practiced as a daily kolam


8 - 8 dots kolam

There are many common kolam with 8 dots pattern.  It is ideal to chose a square grid for even number dot grid for obvious reasons. We can get a single dot as the number of dots descend in idukku pulli where as in ner pulli kolam we will be left with two dots at the bottom and top.  It should not be a problem if we are able to use up the dots with some symmetry because it is not a good practice to erase the remaining the remaining dots after drawing a kolam. 

The kolam with some butter fly and floral patterns.  Start at the centre and draw the four butterfly patterns on the four corners of the square grid.  Use up the remaining dots as shown in the second photo.  The completed kolam as in image three.  Instead of adding colours I have added some random straight lines on the wings of the butterflies.   A easy kolam in case we are looking for an easy one for Margazhi .


Two simple kolam using 5 by 3 interlaced dot grid.  The first kolam through three steps after drawing the common star design the remaining dots are used up with birds designs drawn free hand as shown the remaining dots forming the eyes.  Further decoration is based on our imagination i.e adding the crown etc.


Another simple kolam with 5 to 3 dots through the images below. Using commonly used patterns / motifs we can get a cute and beautiful kolam that will look more beautiful with a few colours added.  



kolam with flower and butterfly patterns with dots 

dot-rangoli-stage-2.jpgdot-rangoli-stage-1.jpg The dot pattern is 13 dots to 1 dot, ner pulli. I have added the rangoli with dots.  However I have drawn  it with parallel lines instead of a single line version. It reduces the use of colour rangoli powder!. This version is also called double stroke kolam as two lines are drawn simultaneously.. Place the dots grid or template. Draw the butterflies and flowers first.  Use the balance dots to get the image below.  Add colours with lines parallel to the two parallel lines!.   Rangoli designs with dots and those without dots are beautiful in their own way. So far as symmetry is concerned I think the level of difficulty is the same. The two images below show two intermediate stages of the butterfly rangoli to give a visual idea of how to proceed with this rangoli. If it is difficult to draw with parallel  lines we can draw a single line design first.



Conch or sangu kolam with dots 

Shanku or conch design is a much sought after kolam design for competition.  One such common shanku kolam design through the images showing the steps. We can further decorate the kolam with free hand borders around or we can have a bigger dot grid ( I am short of space for drawing very big kolam ! ) The dot pattern is 9 dots two rows of ner pulli, 10,11,12 on either side idukku pulli and finally 3,2,1 on top and bottom.  The 3 dot row starting between fifth and sixth dot of 12 dots row to get a star shaped dot pattern


Kolam on plate / rangoli on plate for Navratri decoration idea

It is a simple and beautiful idea to have a decoration for Navratri kolu that is different.  The procedure followed is what is done for drawing a kolam in water.  On a clean plate add a few drops of coconut oil and spread it evenly with the hand.  Now place a dot grid if  a kolam with dots is to be drawn.  Draw the kolam of your choice, add colours.   The coconut oil ensures that the kolam sticks to the plate.  This decoration can be placed in front of the Navratri kolu to give a value addition ( !) to an already beautiful kolu or golu.  If we add water to the plate the kolam goes under water and becomes a kolam in water. I have drawn a simple parrots kolam with a 5 by 5 dot grid for demonstration. This kolam can be carried or moved.




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30 simple rangoli / kolam designs