I would like to post some simple kolam with dots 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.For simpler rangoli / kolam please go to rangoli designs with 5 dots and rangoli with 4 dotsFor a little more difficult kolam please go to (pulli kolam designs)
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.
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.
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 an intermediate stage of the rangoli and it gives an idea as to how to draw it