How to draw a free hand rangoli design
step by step method to draw a free hand rangoli
free hand kolam
a mandala design.
Now for some small rangoli without dots with colour
A beautiful small kolam without dots with colour using rose buds
The rangoli shown (above) with flower buds, I had actually drawn for Margazhi, but then I thought a dozen free hand rangoli would suffice for Margazhi and hence did not post this. So here it is. Isn't it a rangoli for a special occasion like a special kolam for Margazhi? Another rangoli with purple rose buds (!) is in the post Diwali free hand rangoli with rose buds. The rangoli below - the basic central floral pattern is drawn and the gaps are filled with rose buds. The entire arrangement is decorated with a simple border with some designs radiating outwards. The gaps are filled with grey and light orange colours and buds are filled with different colours to get the final design. Decorations with blue rangoli powder have also been made to enhance the effect.The next one above on the left, freehand rangoli - somewhat colourful like the colours of Holi ! These two rangoli designs above can be used decorate our homes for festivals like Janmashtami (or Krishna Jayanthi) and Diwali to give am awesome and grand look. . As usual draw the central floral pattern and expand along the edges with designs of your choice to get the final image. The flower is decorated with designs between the petals as shown and above each designs with straight lines of white, pink and blue colours are drawn to match the colours of the central flower. Two intermediate stages of this rangoli in the images below.
Steps for drawing the beautiful rangoli shown above
The two rangoli designs above can also be used for poo kolam design drawn for Onam.
The rangoli below shows the rangoli. after it is filled with colours, for festivals of joy like Holi, Navaratri and Diwali
This rangoli (on the left ) is also a type of flower design at the centre and along the edge of each flower motifs are drawn to get a free hand rangoli in the image above. Then finally the gaps are filled with white, brown, red, light pink and blue lines to match the colours filled in the basic rangoli. The remaining gaps are filled with colourful dots of different colours instead of filling up the entire area with colour rangoli powder.,
A different rangoli idea with simple repeated spirals
This is a design drawn in the another post, the basic design has been brought to this post because it is a new type of design (at least for me). It consists of very small spiral patterns drawn in descending order to form the rangoli design shown above. The central square design is filled with a single colour and free hand patterns can be drawn in it to give a new look to a rangoli. It resembles a traditional rangoli design to some extent, in the design and the colours chosen white and a shade of orange.
. A central square is decorated with spiral patterns on all four sides with number of spiral designs decreasing to one. Then fill the central square with colours and add a rangoli border to the design. The rangoli centre can be decorated with free hand designs as shown.
Now for some more simple rangoli designs and how to draw some of them. The one above has four parallelogram like designs and edges are decorated with diyas and other motifs. The gaps between are filled with designs of our choice. Colours are drawn parallel to the basic design in white to get the image below. A simple but beautiful design. The entire rangoli has been drawn with parallel lines. Drawing rangoli with parallel lines needs practice. Once we become comfortable designs can be completed quickly and only the gaps between the lines have to be filled with colours to make a beautiful rangoli.
The next two rangoli designs have a square pattern at the centre filled with colours. Some free hand designs are added inside the square and the four sides are decorated with more free hand patterns. The difference between the two is that in the first rangoli only white has been used white in the other pink and green have been used but I feel the one with patterns in white is more attractive !
A simple beautiful rangoli steps included
Colourful designs are sought after for some festivals and so these can be useful if you are looking for colourful kolam for Margazhi , colourful muggulu for Pongal or Diwali rangoli
The rangoli above has a pink floral design at the centre with many thin petals surrounded by a border along the contour of the flower filled with green colour. On four sides purple petals representing a part of a flower are drawn and they are surrounded by a pair of simple patterns as shown. After filling with colours the rangoli is further decorated with white rangoli powder as shown.
The two images below show how the free hand rangoli drawn in the above design progresses. The first image shows the circle at the centre with floral petal patterns on all four sides. The second image shows the rangoli nearing completion.
Colourful rangoli for Holi a festival of coloursThe rangolis below shows designs after they are filled with colours, for festivals of joy like Holi, Navaratri and DiwaliHoli is ant important festival ( or event or celebration ) in March. Celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalghuna (February - March in the English calender ). One of the most joyous festivals celebrated in India, it is associated with colours - spraying of colours as powder, mixed with water.
Rangoli evolved from an erased rangoli design
This is yet another rangoli design using a mixture of rangoli colours at the centre. The mixture is sprinkled and arranged to get the star shaped design at the centre. Then using a cotton bud floral petal shapes are drawn at the centre. That is filled with bright blue colours to get the floral design as shown. Now using parallel line designs the star is decorated with various motifs or patterns. Only two colours pink and blue have been added to the white rangoli design. It is a simple but different rangoli design and so special
Special free hand rangoli a different idea
After drawing a rangoli that is not exactly a circle, I am back to my theme with this design above that is a mandala. The previous rangoli is erased and the mixture of all the colours form a purple hue. I have used that to form an annular pattern with some patterns on it made with the forefinger. ( I have stated many times and have also shared my opinion on various websites that I find it very painful to erase a rangoli because of the time and effort we have to put in - but we have no choice given the ephemeral nature of this art.). These two designs are also suitable for those looking for some new kolam designs for Margazhi.
Rangoli a.ka. rangavalli with bright colours
Rangoli on water a special free hand rangoli design
The next rangoli design i is a special design for Navratri. It is a rangoli on water. Though it appears difficult it is actually simple to draw. Obviously, rangoli (powder ) alone is not sufficient to draw a rangoli design on water because the pattern disintegrates on water. So rice flour is added to water. (some add what is called French chalk powder ). Then it becomes easier to draw. A free hand design in water has been shown in the image below. An important rangoli art using rangoli craft ! It can be used as a decoration idea for Navratri kolu (an arrangement of dolls on steps ) and Diwali too.
Freehand plain rangolis are relatively simple and one should find them easy to draw with practice. Rangoli that are drawn on a daily basis are generally without dots and there are some competitions that permit only white rangoli images to be drawn without any colourful decorations so that judges have an idea of the intricacy with which a rangoli was drawn ( because it is possible to cover-up some mistakes done during drawing a rangoli with colours added ). People who are aware of the culture of Tamil Nadu will know that kolam is daily in the morning and in the evening ( we can see two or more kolam designs also at the entrance of some houses and invariably they are drawn plain with white rangoli powder. Kolam designs like padi kolam, sikku designs and arisi maavu ( rice flour paste ) are drawn plain and at the most decorated with a red border in case of auspicious occasions. Hence plain rangoli design are very important for learning rangoli, practising them and for daily use too. Hence in Rangolisansdots I have captured some designs in the plain stage with my camera and uploaded them and some posts meant for colouring activity so that the pleasure of viewing rangoli and practising them is doubled - with the plain and colourful designs.