Kolam designs with dotsWhile free hand rangolis are popular in many parts of India, rangoli with dots called (pulli ) kolam in Tamil is popular in Tamil Nadu. This can be further classified into two types ner pulli kolam and idukku pulli kolam.
To explain it further if one draws a ner pulli kolam with a 15 to 1 dot pattern it means that the central row of dots is 15 and the last row has one dot - odd number of dots are placed in descending order i.e 13,11, 9, 7,5,3 and 1 and a convenient distance (1 cm approx) on either side of the central row of 15 dots.
In idukku pulli kolam the first row of dots is placed, the next row of dots is placed below the first row in between the dots of the first row and the third row below the second row at a reasonable distance between the dots of the second row and so on. This is to be done on both sides of the central row.Some pulli kolam designs I designed for Rangoli-sans-dots. I will upload as and when it is possible.
In case you are interested in simpler kolam go to simple kolam with dots.
The dot pattern for the third kolam shown above is 15 to 1 (ner pulli). Draw the four outer diya or lamp designs and then the lamp and floral designs at the centre. This is also a simple kolam but again with influence of free hand rangolis in the motifs on either side of the lamps. Fill the remaining areas with light and dark brown rangoli powder Below, the same design without the gaps being filled up. Filling up the gaps will take some time and needs patience! Two intermediate steps of the kolam in the photos below.
The next kolam is of dot pattern 11 to 6 (idukku pulli). This is a simple floral design. Draw the 6 flowers around the central flower. The gaps between the flowers are converted into simple designs using the remaining dots. Finally fill all the designs with colour rangoli powder to get the image shown below. The trick to get the floral petal patterns at the centre and on the outside right to get a beautiful effect on the rangoli. The colours only enhance the beauty of the design. Choosing colours can be left to our imagination for general floral designs but for specific flowers like rose, lotus and hibiscus there are restrictions. The black and white images show two stages of the kolam.
Two intermediate stages of the colourful design above are shown to give an idea of how the kolam progresses from the dot grid to the final stage. As shown in the first image the floral patterns on the four corners are drawn and then the dots between the floral patterns are used with a pattern as shown. Of course we have the liberty to change the designs according to our imagination. For example some leaf patterns can also be drawn in these dots. The next image shows how the dots at the middle are used. Three dots on each side remain as shown. Refer to the final image with colours to complete the kolam design.
The next one is with 7dots to 7 dot pattern. A simple floral pullikolam design. . Again the outer designs are drawn and the remaining dots used to get the central design. The outer patterns can also be converted into birds or butterflies - the patterns on the four edges - as is obvious from the image. The images in black and white show two intermediate stages of the kolam design. The first one shows the dot pattern with the outer floral designs in three stages. The second image shows how the central designs are drawn. They give an idea as to how the kolam design progresses.