Good and easy rangoli designs for Diwali
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This post may have answers to the following questions
How to draw easy or simple rangoli without dots for our home
(For simple rangoli with dots please go to
5 dots rangoli or 4 dots rangoli designs )
How to make a simple rangoli design at home, how to fill rangoli colours, Rangoli without dots for beginners ?
Rangoli without dots for kids ? This article may have answers to these questions
Before attempting to draw a rangoli, also referred to as wave or waving in some schools of thought one needs to practise using rangoli powder to draw straight lines and then curved lines. Initially, there may be problems - like the lines may be very thick, may not be continuous, the flow of rangoli powder cannot be controlled. Hence I have added a video to my Channel on YouTube showing how to draw a line using rangoli powder. It is in slow motion and has been taken in four different angles to give the viewers an idea. Hope it is helpful. Here is the video showing how rangoli flows through the fingers to draw with rangoli (powder). For those not familiar with the use of rangoli a note book and pencil or sketch pen may be useful for drawing rangoli designs.
A simple free hand rangoli based or Warli art for Republic Day or Independence Day. The Indian colours or flag is held by all - so the men or women have been shown in different colours. This may be useful as a simple rangoli for children in rangoli competitions in school (class 3 , 4 or 5 ) for this celebration.
kutty rangoli / kolam designs
The rangoli in the image below is one of the basic designs that can be used for learning.
Rangoli in the image on the left is also a basic star design. Again, draw two inverted triangles but in this case extend the arms from one edge and connect to the other with curved lines as shown. Draw neat and beautiful curved lines makes the rangoli very attractive though it is a very simple rangoli design. Colourful curved lines parallel to the white design can be drawn to complete and get a colourful design. Or leave it plain and simple.
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How to make a rangoli - with lines - kutty kolam designs
Now a small rangoli designs with dots and colours
How to make a rangoli - lamp or diya designs for Diwali
Another rangoli with 7 dots also using lamp designs in the images below. This design has already been shared in rangoli-sans-dots. Now the white rangoli with steps have been added here because it is a very simple and easy design and hence is relevant here. Place the dot pattern, draw the lamps as shown in the first image, connect the lamps with curved lines as shown in the second image.
White rangoli is actually a misnomer. However practically speaking, particularly in parts of India where the practice of drawing rangoli art daily in the morning ( and in some cases in the evening) plain or white rangoli designs are used. Hence this collection of this type of rangoli designs are also shown.
How to make rangoli - simple floral patterns without a dot grid with colours
Some simple free hand rangoli designs without steps
A basic and simple freehand kolam from with lotus and birds
A basic and simple freehand kolam from common star rangoli
Two simple freehand kolam with colourful lines
A simple freehand rangoli using lines
Simple rangoli design for Diwali
Another simple colourful rangoli for Diwali
The rangoli design above is a complete flower design with no other motif or pattern added. The central floral pattern is drawn with as many petals as possible. From these more and more petals are drawn to get the design as shown in the image above. However, I have added pink colour at the centre surrounded by petals in blue, green and red. We need some liberty both in drawing and applying colours so that we can give our imagination (?) a free hand (!) to get a free hand muggu design of our choice. This floral beauty was originally in the category muggulu ( muggulu is rangoli in Telugu / Andhra ) since there were too may designs there and I thought that I should show some completed simple colourful rangoli designs that can be drawn for Diwali or Navratri for those who want to celebrate the festivals with simple designs I shifted this here.
This rangoli design on the right, simple , for Navaratri has a central floral design with four petals the design is expanded along the petals with simple motifs on all four sides. After the basic design is finished with white rangoli powder, colours are added with colour rangoli powder to form four orange and four pink petals as shown. The remaining areas are filled with blue colour to have a light blue back ground. The next rangoli, on the left has eight patterns from curlicues at the centre The design is then enhanced as shown in the image. Finally colours are filled. Then with white rangoli powder the inner side of the curlicues are further decorated. As with many rangoli in Rangolisansdots even when simple two stages are shown in the white rangoli stage.
Simple bird rangoli design without dots for New Year
The next rangoli is another floral design. The central floral design is drawn with eight petals as above. Only the shapes of the petals are different. Above each petal a bird (let me call it a duck) designs are drawn one for each petal. That is the beauty of a rangoli. Depicting a bird is simple. All intricate details that are required in drawing or painting or not required here. A simple free hand design to represent a bird will suffice. To further improve the rangoli the birds are shown carrying fruits. Fill the rangoli with colours as shown in the image. It is not necessary to fill the entire rangoli in these types of rangoli. It will suffice if we draw colourful lines inside the rangoli design. A floral design with birds is ready for use. One of the easiest and best ways to make birds patterns !
However, traditionally, in parts of India, rangoli are drawn at the entrance daily and are filled with colours rangoli powder of various colours or left plain and white as in the image on the left.. Filling of rangoli with various colours is an art and needs some practice so that one colour does not spill on to another. So this design can be used for filling colours with sketch pen or pencils. If one has the patience, the rangoli can be drawn and the colours filled. Usually, for drawing a rangoli and filling it with colours and completing the design one will need between 15 minutes and one hour depending upon the design, the method of colouring chosen.
These rangoli / kolam desings may be useful for those who want small and simple designs for Diwali, Margazhi or Navratri
Simple rangoli / muggu / kolam for practising and learning for simple New Year rangoli
Instead of filling up the inside with colours as is usually done, I have drawn parallel lines with different colours hence the time taken to complete is relatively less.
The rangoli starts with a plus and expands with semi-circular patterns and petal like designs. It has a simple two line border filed with blue rangoli powder on which red dots are added. All the four edges have spiral patterns. The rangoli is filled with different colours yellow, green and blue. The remaining space that is black can also be filled with some colour of our choice, only thing it is to be done carefully. The rangoli with colours filled is available in Dusshera rangoli
Flower kolam without dots for Margazhi and Pongal
Flower rangoli designs for Sankranti or Pongal-As usual draw the floral design at the centre first. along each petal draw another flower. I have drawn six flowers for eight petals because I though drawing eight flowers may cramp the rangoli for space. Also I cannot draw any other motif. Of course we can try with eight petals also. After the seven flowers are drawn ( one at the centre and the six around it ) fill the remaining gaps with designs of your choice. I have chosen leaves (one pair and two pairs ) so that it is congruous with the basic floral design. Now add colours to the flowers. I have chosen pink, blue and red and of course green for leaves. Minimise the number of leaves so that rangoli is attractive. The remaining gaps also can be filled with some colours. I have stopped at this stage due to lack of time today. If required draw mid-ribs in the to get the final design. Also add some straight lines on the border to enhance the effect of the rangoli.
We can also have colourful easy free hand kolam or rangoli for the golu or kolu for Navratri
These designs are beautiful but can be drawn quick and easy too.
The rangoli / muggu design above is one with floral petals all around. The central pink petals are surrounded by green designs and the outer most border has three petals on the top of each petal below. One of my favourite designs.
The rangoli / muggu below has a geometric shape at the centre with six rhombuses formed by drawing intersect lines and joining them. From these floral patterns with many petals are drawn to get a beautiful floral muggu. On the top of the flower motifs with petals or leaves are drawn surrounded by a simple muggu border. Now colours are added to the flower design. On the outer side the designs are filled with green colour. So they are leaves and not petals in this case. Finally the central design is further enhanced as shown above. I also had a different colouring method ( not scheme) in my mind.
Such simple kolam designs as shown below can also drawn for the golu or kolu for Navratri
The kolam design on the top is a symmetrical design with suitable patterns. The floral pattern at the centre with four petals is drawn. Around this eight designs are drawn as shown in the image above. On the periphery simple curved lines are added to enhance the attraction. The rangoli is filled with colour powder of different hues. The remaining gaps are also filled. Finally more simple patterns are added inside in white.
Simple kolam jewellery designs
he kolam below can be considered to be a floral design with many layers of petals of various shapes. Again add colourful lines parallel to the white design to get this simple but beautiful rangoli. A white version of this rangoli has been uploaded in colouring page - rangoli. Comparing both will give us an idea how colours can influence the attractiveness of a rangoli design.
A kolam without dots inspired by jewellery ( ear ring or thodu in Tamil !) Try for simple Sankranti rangoli
Small kolam , rangoli
Small rangoli , kolam
Simple Butterfly rangoli without dots for Sankranti
Another version of rangoli with lines that can be part of a bigger rangoli - this rangoli can be considered as one element and many of them joined to produce a big rangoli for festival seasons. The images below show the steps to draw this rangoli.
One more version of what is called lines kolam or lines muggulu or lines rangoli in the set of images below showing the steps. The images are self - explanatory.
Drawing floral patterns in kolamIt is possible to draw floral patterns with four, eight, sixteen and thirty two petals. More the petals denser the petals appear. Of course, more than thirty two may make the design congested. The three images below demonstrate how a flower blooms ( ! ) in a rangoli with eight and sixteen petals finally. Draw a small circle and around the circle draw four petals at right angles to each other. Add four more petals in the gaps to get eight. Now add petals between any two of the eight petals drawn earlier to get sixteen petals.
Rangoli using motifs shown above with steps for Sankranti or Pongal
The rangoli on the left (with blue and brown petals) is another of the many floral designs I have tried in Rangoli-sans-dots The flower at the centre has been surrounded by one more flower. The edges of the petals of the outer flower and in between them some simple patterns have been drawn. Then colourful lines are drawn inside the rangoli to get the image as seen below. In both designs the gaps can be filled with colour rangoli powder. It will be more suited to the design above. The floral pattern below looks nice even without this enhancement. Hence probably it is better to leave it as it is. Two intermediate steps for this simple rangoli in the pictures below for reference though the image in colour is itself self explanatory.
Simple rangoli motifs or patterns
The first two motifs are from the same rangoli. The one one the left with two circulars patterns on either side of a petal or leaf. On the right three circular patterns around a triangle ( obviously ). We can further decorate with white lines as shown.
The next motif is quite common too. Three lobed leaf or flower patterns and two lobed patterns are quite frequently used. To further add beauty we can add white dots as shown or colourful dots or dots with alternate colours.
The next motif is from a double line or parallel line or two line design. Parallel lines have their own beauty and are not easy to draw. The motif can be left as it is or we can add a beak , eye and crown to make it represent a bird. On the right is another way of representing a bird in a motif in rangoli. This is usually used in free hand rangoli designs. Draw the heart shaped body of the bird draw a simple pattern to represent the tail and on the top add designs as shown to get the head, beak and the eye. Yet another simple idea for drawing a bird in a rangoli.
The next motif is also quite common with curlicues on the top of a floral pattern with leaf or petal design to enhance the appearance.
The next pattern represents a lotus leaf or thamarai elai as we call it and obviously forms part of a lotus rangoli design. The yellow and green colours used for the leaf make it appear more naturalistic. In rangoli or kolam using the two finger technique we try to draw patterns according to our imagination. What we can achieve is restricted to what is possible by drawing these patterns with kolam powder.
The feet of God or Goddess are used in kolam or rangoli in festivals like Varalakshmi Vratham, Krishna Jayanthi . One of the simplest methods of depicting the feet of the God / Goddess is shown in the image below. There are many more methods that can be used.
Some rangoli for kids - activity through rangoli
My school-going daughter has developed an interest in (my) rangolis. She keeps pestering me to draw simple ones so that she can practise. Some posts are meant for her like this one.When I started this, I never thought that it would interest my daughter. What I did not realise is that children are technology savvy and they are willing to accept and learn when it is given through the medium of their choice. I had been telling her to study this art but in vain so far, when it is through the internet she readily accepts. Are results more important than the means?
Rangolis for beginners are drawn occasionally in Rangoli-sans-dots. There are three posts so far if my memory serves me right. After all everyone was a beginner before becoming an amateur. Below are some rangoli designs that are either complete or part of rangoli drawn by me. They may be suitable for kids also to learn and practice because they are basic designs. (However please use your discretion). The first rangoli below is a simple design as is evident from the image. A floral design evolved from a basic design of four triangles touching each other at the vertices. Practising this helps drawing petals of different shapes. Though I have drawn with rangoli ( powder ), one may try to practice with sketch pen or chalk piece or pencil any other means one feels comfortable till he/she attains the required degree of dexterity, speed and comfort in drawing.
The next rangoli design has a square at the centre and along each side semi-circular patterns of decreasing number are drawn to get the final image.Once the rangoli designs are practised, the design above can be practised because it is somewhat difficult it is star design with petals on the edges. The rangoli design is drawn first and then another set of parallel lines are drawn to get the final image.The rangoli is somewhat difficult,
Rangoli making / Rangoli drawing - double stroke
The first image above shows the first stage of the rangoli. I have used only parallel lines drawn simultaneously in this design. Draw four pairs of intersecting lines. From the ends of each line connect the adjacent line to get the pattern seen above. A very basic design that can by itself used as a simple rangoli for our homes. The next design has evolved from the previous one. Draw a parallel line border matching the contours of the first design. Connect the border and the floral design with as many straight lines as possible
The third stage of the rangoli is shown below. Decorate the periphery of the rangoli with floral motifs that are formed using spiral and circular patterns. Also fill the petals at the centre with simple oval designs. This is a plain rangoli by itself and can be drawn at entrances. The rangoli can be filled with colours. Adding colours will make any rangoli very attractive. Actually rangoli means rows of colours. Hence colours and rangoli always go together. This rangoli in colours has been posted in a subsequent post
Rangoli above has evolved from the second one which has evolved from the first image above. All three are unique by themselves and can be drawn depending upon the occasion, availability of time and space. Thus from a single basic version, many with intricate patterns can evolve. I have constraints in space at present which will be reflected in many designs. The rangoli after addition of a few colours and the effect of colours on a plain white rangoli is clearly visible. Add lines of different colours between the double line border and the floral design and fill the patterns with colours of your choice to get this simple design of rangoli
This is the advantage of freehand rangolis. We can decide to what extent we want to expand a rangoli. In the case of rangoli with dots, the size is limited to the number of dots. However both are appealing and also challenging in their own way. We can also have a combination of both freehand and those with dots to get the advantages in appeal and appearance of both types. Obviously, the rangoli with dots has to be the central design around which the freehand patterns can be drawn
Apart from the fact that rangoli are drawn daily in many parts of India and for festivals like Pongal or Sankranthi , rangoli are associated with important festivals like Navratri and Diwali. Rangoli with flower as theme are also often used as rangoli with dots or without. Rangoli designs representing flowers are drawn ( not the actual floral designs ) in some of the designs below. They may have floral designs as a part of the rangoli or as a whole. In the rangoli on the rightthe central design is drawn by drawing intersecting lines and forming the parallelogram like patterns. The edge of each one is expanded with floral designs with two petals. The gaps between the petals are filled with free hand designs. The central design is further enhanced with circular patterns of various colours. Finally the colours are filled up as shown to obtain the image shown above resulting in a colourful (green, yellow, blue ) floral pattern at the centre. The rangoli has two floral designs, the innermost one with petals of two colours and the outermost one filled with pink colour. The rangoli has been filled completely with pink outside the central design. This takes some time and demands patience also. After filling the gaps with pink floral petal motifs in orange have been added. On the outside the places between the petals has simple patterns. A simple design for all occasions and festivals.
Some white rangoli designs for kids activity - colouring, drawing
Some of the plain free hand rangoli designs taken from various places in rangoli-sans-dots.com are given here.
A colourful version of the rangoli aboveis also available in Rangolisansdots. It has a central floral design expanded according to our imagination. While the central flower can be filled with one colour the outer design can be filled with different colours.
This is a plain version of flowers and diya design. The diyas can be filled with brown and orange, brown for the diya and orange or red for the flame. The floral design can be filled with pink or red or any other colour. Other remaining patterns can be filled with matching colours.
The next two designs are taken from Margazhi season and rangoli. They are intermediate stages of a completed design. I thought they are suitable to be posted here and so here they are. One is drawn with parallel lines so either the inside of the patterns can be filled with colours or the gaps between the parallel lines can be filled with colours as I have done in some designs. The second one below is a beautiful and cute ( I think ) rangoli design, with a square centre surrounded by honey-comb like ( though they are not hexagonal ) shapes and floral designs. Again colours depend upon our imagination.
The next rangoli design is also a simple floral petal design with a central petal surrounded by more flowers. An apt design for filling with colours.
All of them are free hand patterns drawn spontaneously except the third and fourth - they are common designs and can also been drawn with dots.
Since this website is about rangoli without dots, primarily, posting of such designs is to show the wide variety of designs that are available to us .
More rangoli patterns to colour Rangoli designs for colouring activity
More white kolam designs for activity or just for kolam
Few more white kolam designs posted with colours in various places in Rangolisansdots.
The next design is taken at a suitable angle so that we get a view of the rangoli as viewed at eye level ( almost ). A close up of the rangoli will show the rangoli powder spilling on either side of the lines, patterns and designs. This gives a very naturalistic appearance to the rangoli deisgn. The lesser the grains of rangoli powder that spill the more proficient we become in drawing rangoli. There is nothing to beat the beauty of a rangoli drawn with the traditional method of drawing with rangoli ( kolam maavu as it is called in Tamil )
Navratri kolam at entrance
Below I have shared some kolam I drew at the entrance of my house during Navratri. The kolam is a free hand kolam with common motifs. Add a few colours because it is Navratri !
The same kolam with a different set of colours, purple and pink on another day of Navratri .
Call them rangoli, kolam, muggu,alpona.... they are all beautiful and they are beautiful in their own way.
I understand that rangoli are called rangavalli in classical Telugu language and muggulu colloquially.
Some rangoli designs drawn during Margazhi or Pongal kolam Sankranti muggulu season
Simple New Year kolam or Pongal kolam - 9 dots to 5 ( vertically )
The pics showing the steps
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1. What is a free hand rangoli
2. How does rangoli with dots differ from those without dots
3. Is it possible to draw the same pattern with dots and without dots
4. Should we draw free hand rangoli or with dot patterns
What is the difference between rangoli and kolam
How to draw a rangoli on tiles ?
How to choose the colour combination in a rangoli?After drawing the rangoli with plain rangoli , before filling up with colours we can try the colours in an area near the rangoli to check whether the colour combination we want to use is alright and is to our satisfaction. After we are satisfied we can fill up the rangoli with the chosen colours.
. How to choose a theme for a rangoli
The answer is quite simple. It depends upon what festival or occasion we are going to celebrate. For Independence Day or Republic Day it can be combination of orange green white and blue colours ( for India) and similarly for other countries. For festivals like Diwali and Karthigai ( in Tamil Nadu ) it can be combination of lamps with any other pattern drawn free hand or with dots.
What are the other uses of a rangoli
Rangoli - greeting card ideas
The image below shows a greeting card for New Year "designed" with rangoli patterns and borders. On the right I have drawn a simple free hand rangoli design using patterns that are quite common in Rangoli-sans-dots. The greeting card has been decorated with borders. The space around the rangoli and " Happy New Year " again can be decorated with some ore simple patterns. For free hand rangoli designs for card ideas for festivals like Navratri, Diwali New Year and Sankranti simple rangoli designs in Rangolisansdots can be made use of.
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