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 (chukkala muggulu in Telugu or pulli vecha kolam of Tamil Nadu ). This can be further classified into two types ner pulli kolam and idukku pulli kolam. Some of these kolam designs may be useful for Margazhi kolam too or if you are looking for Sankranthi / Pongal muggulu with dots.
9 pulli kolam - birds
15 to 1 dot kolam design with deepam or lamp patterns or 15 pulli kolam (vilakku )
15 to 1 dot kolam with floral petals or 15 pulli kolam ( flowers )
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.
pulli deepam kolam or dot rangoli with lamps
Fish is another popular idea for rangoli designs. One of the simplest fish rangoli design I could think of is the one below. Place five dots radially around a central dot. We can have six or eight radial arms. Use the first dot and the last dot to draw the fish pattern outside the dots. The remaining dots inside are used as shown in the image. Finally all the fish are connected at the centre as shown in the rangoli. We can add colours to make it colourful. This rangoli ( though I have not added colours ) is an inspiration from fish that we usually see converge on food
A collection of 30 simple kolam ( 4 to 9 dots ) videos - 30 kolam for 30 days in a month is at 30 kolam designs . The play list is from my YouTube Channel. The videos view time is around thirty minutes.
For smaller kolam
simple kolam with dots.