Simple kolam with dots

This post will have rangoli with 6 dots , 8 dots rangoli , 12 dots kolam, 13 dots rangoli and some non-standard dot patterns

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 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

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.


The same dot pattern can be used to get another simple kolam with maavilai patterns at the edges instead of lamps.  The images below show the steps. After  placing the dot pattern.  Draw the designs with straight lines on the four sides.  Finally use up the dots at the centre.  The open spots can be converted into maavilai designs as we say in Tamil.





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.


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


Simple 6 dots kolam 

Some plain kolam versions of the colourful designs I have uploaded under 6 dots rangoli category in Rangolisansdots.  Two images showing the steps if you need them.

The kolam in the white kolam stage



 kolam with white kolam stage


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 .


Another 8 dot kolam, the dot grid used is 8 by 8.  The final image represents a simple Maharatrian rangoli with dots where we usually have square dot grids to form simple geometric patterns to get a geometric design rangoli.  The three images show the steps for this simple rangoli.



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



Another varation of the sangu kolam with dot grid 7 dots at the centre with 8, 9 and 10 dots on either side - idukku pulli with 3,2,1 dots starting from the gap between the 4th and 5th dots as shown in the series of steps below results in the sangu or shank designs touching each other . A different type of sangu kolam that may be drawn for festivals like Navaratri or Krishna Janmashtami.






Star dot pattern is used in many rangoli or kolam.  The images below show the drawing of a basic star kolam with maavilai techniques.

The dot pattern is 7,6,5,6,7 idukku pulli and finally 2 and 1 dots on either side of the fourth dot in the row with 7 dots resulting in a star pattern



12 dots kolam or rangoli

This is a simple and very easy common kolam drawn using some simple patterns with lines.  The dot pattern is 12 dots two rows and then 10,8,6,4,2 on either side.  We can add some free hand patterns in the kolam to make it more attractive.  The photos show the steps




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