Special rangoli designs / free hand rangoli

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How to draw a free hand rangoli design
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a mandala design.

Now for some small rangoli without dots with colour


The image above shows how the basic floral design is formed in the free hand rangoli at the top.  This initial stage can be used as a rangoli by itself, however the final image after completion and addition of colours gives a totally different appearance to this design. 

A beautiful small kolam without dots with colour using rose buds

After rangoli for Margazhi kolam collection and New Year and Pongal kolam. I have posted some simple rangoli with dots. I will update with some more rangoli as and  when time permits.  ( Home-makers are also equally busy!!!).  I will devote this post to free hand rangoli .  As we all  know,  sky is  the limit for drawing free hand rangolis, we can keep expanding them if we did not have constraints of time and space and  of course patience.
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




How to draw the rangoli shown above?   This is a floral free hand rangoli with a flower at the centre and flowers decorating the eight petals of the flower and completing it with some creeper or leaf like patterns.  The image above shows the completed rangoli after colours are applied. In this the basic floral pattern at the centre is drawn and along the petal edges the design is expanded with more petals and floral designs to get the rangoli.  Further decorations are done with creeper like borders and the rangoli after filling with colours is as in the image shown above. Another very simple free hand rangoli with very few colours (on the right  in this rangoli  the central square pattern drawn first and obviously, decorate the four sides of the squares with designs of our choice.  Then the gaps are filled with plain floral patterns.  Finally the central square filled with green rangoli powder is decorated with white rangoli powder by drawing some free hand designs.  Simple but attractive.Two stages of the rangoli have been added - they show some intermediate steps
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 has a geometric pattern at the base i.e hexagon surrounded on the six sides by patterns of our choice and the gaps filled with some simple spiral patterns resulting in the in the second image.  After filling with colours it looks more attractive.

Two images showing the intermediate stages of the rangoli

The image above  is a different design I tried with just one colour added to a plain rangoli. First draw the central hexagon pattern.  From the deges draw floral petals and between the edges draw the motifs as shown.  Finally add some curved lines above the motifs.  Using just one colour, blue draw the patterns inside the rangoli drawn with white powder.  Also add blue and white dots as shown.  The result is a different type of rangoli image, as shown above.  It is easy to complete these types because the entire rangoli is not filled with colours.  It is possible to draw rangoli with parallel lines using two different colours also.


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 colours

The 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.
It has been quite some time since I last shared a parallel lines rangoli design ( I have been attempting them with different colours and not in white ).  Hence I thought Holi would be an apt festival for sharing my 
thoughts through some parallel line rangoli design also because they have become popular in (through ) Rangoli-sans-dots.  This is again a simple design with a star pattern at the centre that evolves into a beautiful rangoli bordered with patterns around it all with parallel lines.  As usual fill colours.  We can also try to draw this on a carpet of rangoli powder so that the empty spaces in between are not visible ( like Sanskar Bharathi designs ). Then  we may have to choose the colour combination to match with the rangoli carpet in the background.  There are quite a few white parallel lines rangoli in Rangoli designs-lines and few colourful rangoli designs in Dasara rangoli designs


This rangoli design below is the next one in this series for Holi festival.  The central pattern, I have added a different colour for each arm. Add floral designs on the border.  The remaining space is filled a colour of our choice with some plain designs.  The result a very colourful and beautiful rangoli design for Holi ( for rangoli related festivals like Diwali ). Also can be drawn as a free hand Margazhi kolam the season for kolam when we find colourful kolam designs through out Tamil Nadu


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.
The area inside the purple ring is filled with patterns, curved lines and petals and filled with green white and orange colours so it can be drawn for Independence Day also.  The outside is decorated as shown and finally the star shaped patterns with white colour are formed to complete the mandala, a circular design.


The next rangoli in this series , a floral design with leaves.  I consider it to be a special design because I have used only green of different shades to give an awesome look to a simple rangoli design.  The central design is drawn with circles surrounded by a single line border.  Now add leaves of two different shapes on the outside.  Complete the kolam with flower petals.  Decorate it further with simple motifs or patterns.  I have used only two different shades of green to get the effect as in the image above.  Since it is a near circular pattern I have posted in under mandala. Adding petals of different colours this rangoli can be used for a flower decoration drawn for Onam.

Rangoli a.ka. rangavalli with bright colours 


After a rangoli with different shades of green, this one with bright colours.  The rangoli  above in a s flower rangoli  for the festival season.  Draw the central flower pattern first with eight petals.  On the edge of each petals draw motifs of your choice and fill the motifs also with any further designs as shown.  Fill the central flower with bright colours like pink and the outer designs with red and other colours as shown.  The remaining gaps are filled with yellow.  Make some simple decorations with white and red rangoli powder to get the final design.  After completion the rangoli or rangavalli or muggu aka kolam ( what ever the name )  will be very attractive.

I understand that rangavalli is the name given to rangoli in classical Telugu.  Though names differ they are all essentially the same, beautiful and colourful designs drawn on the floor, daily and definitely during festival seasons like Diwali, Navratri and Sankranti (in Andhra Pradesh ) and Pongal in Tamil Nadu.  The rose smells as sweet even if it is called by any other name.  So also rangoli designs or rangavalli are all beautiful to see, to draw, to admire.

The next rangavalli below is a diya design.  First the central design is drawn and is then surrounded with four diyas on four sides.  Fill the outline of designs with blue, green and pink colours.  For the lamp use orange colour and white lines to give an enhanced effect.. Diya or lamp designs are used quite a lot for special occasions and festivals like Diwali.  Rangavalli or rangoli drawn the traditional way only give a representative image of what we are trying to draw -birds, lamps, flowers.

    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.
There is a  video above showing how to draw this rangoli desing in the image above and on my YouTube channel     

It is customary to draw auspicious kolam like Aishwarya kolam, Hridaya Kamalam for the mantap in which we perform Lakshmi Puja including Varalakshmi Vratham.  I tried another kolam for the Puja room during Varlakshmi Vratham or Puja - a free hand kolam. The kolam in the image below along with two pics showing the intermediate stages.



The rangoli image on the top I have drawn in Rangoli-sans-dots for Varalakshmi Vratham.    A simple free hand design with similar motifs on four sides with four more between  them.  Start with a spiral pattern at the centre surrounded by four more on four sides.  Expand the rangoli from here with three curved lines and around them draw the wing like design!                                             

The period between August and March is when the use of rangolis for various festivals is maximum.  During Navaratri (Dussehra) , Diwali, Sankranthi the atmosphere is many parts of India is festive.  Rangolis form an important part of the festivities.  In some parts of India i.e Tamil Nadu between 2nd week of December and 2nd week of January, rangolis decorate whole streets and there is a healthy competition among all households in a street to draw the best rangoli.   Many people including kids  draw rangolis as  early as 4.30am.  The result is a convivial ambience. This month is called Margazhi in Tamil.  Just as we have kite festivals. Dandiya etc. in other parts of India this month we can find hundreds and hundreds of rangolis or kolams as they are called in Tamil drawn at the entrance of many a house.  The designs vary from rangoli without dots, rangoli with dots, sikku kolams that form an endless loop.  Sikku literally means knot in Tamil.  These kolams can tie one in knots particularly the bigger ones when the dot template is big.  The beginning or end of a completed rangoli cannot be traced. One has to practice a lot to draw these type of designs.  But they can be challenging and one gets a satisfaction when she/he completes the kolam.  I would also like to draw a few in Rangoli-sans-dots - but I have to concentrate on rangoli  without dots because that is the main theme of Rangoli-sans-dots. 

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.     

Also in Rangoli-sans-dots 
 7 dotted rangoli

There is a collection of most popular rangoli designs in YouTube channel Rangolisansdots my channel for rangoli videos -
Rangoli designs popular on Rangolisansdots