Easy rangoli designs - beginners

 New year rangoli and Pongal kolam for rangoli with dots and free hand rangoli  kolam  for free hand rangoli
 kolam designs for kolam with dots,  Rangoli designs for colourful rangoli, Simple kolam with dots  for small kolam with dots,  Freehand rangoli for Diwali are some of the internal links given  in a random order.
At last I have decided to switch over from blogspot to my (custom) domain.  rangolisansdots.blogspot.com is now www.rangoli-sans-dots.com.  Though I have drawn all the designs myself personally I am thankful to my family for the inputs, information and help in drafting all the posts so far.
I have used the terms kolam  rangoli quite freely in all the posts. Probably there would have been differences based on classical (!) explanations in the past but today kolams can also be colourful like rangolis both in the free hand and dots type. I find that even the terms rangoli kolam and kolam rangoli are used at  present. The only area where I think kolams are different are in sikku kolams and arisi maavu kolams. Both are beautiful, challenging and can be intricate .
This post may have answers to the following questions
How to draw easy or simple rangoli  without dots (For simple rangoli with dots please go to 5 dots rangoli or 4 dots rangoli designs  ) 
How to make a simple rangoli design, how to fill  rangoli  colours, Rangoli without dots for beginners ?
Rangoli without dots for kids ?

Some of the posts including this one  are with three or 
four steps so that beginners or children can practise them on-line.  An on-line rangoli drawing project ! To add me to your circles to get updates on rangoli kolam and other art and craft please go to my Google plus profile . My Facebook page is  Rangoli sans dots - Facebook . Also please like my Facebook page.

Before attempting to draw a rangoli, 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 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.

Two videos from my YouTube channel  the first one showing how to draw a simple free hand rangoli and the second one how to draw a simple rangoli border, followed by a series of images showing how a rangoli can be drawn in 3 or 4 steps. All designs are free hand and at present I have also added one rangoli with 7 dot grid but a very simple lamps design 


The rangoli in the image below is one of the basic designs that can be used for learning. 
basic-rangoli-making-1.jpgStep 1 : Form a star with two inverted triangles. In the second step draw another set of parallel lines to the lines in the star design to get the stage in the top right side of the image.  In the third stage floral petals are added around the star design and finally add another set of petals inside the bigger petals.  If required add colours as shown or leave it plain and white.     
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.

basic-rangoli-making-3.jpgThe image on the left shows another easy free hand rangoli for beginners.  It is based on swastik that is regularly used in rangoli designs.  I hope it is of help to those who want to learn.  The trick is only in controlling the flow of rangoli powder between the index finger and thumb in case of rangoli with single line design.  Drawing with two parallel lines is little difficult as it involves controlling flow among the index, middle fingers and thumb. The rangoli in four steps shown below is self-explanatory.  However the final image can be changed or patterns added or colours added according to our convenience and / or imagination.

basic-rangoli-making-4.jpgObserve the image on the left.  First draw two sets of parallel lines intersecting as shown in the second part of the image.  Add petal like designs and fill with colours as shown to get a simple rangoli design.  It is  simple, easy to draw.  These rangolis can be used as apartment kolams as they are called in Tamil Nadu.  Apartment kolam are small rangoli designs drawn at the entrance of apartments due to constraints in space.                                    
. Some designs in here should be suitable for kids too !
basic-rangoli-making-4.jpgThe image below shows how to draw a floral rangoli design.  In the first stage on the top left intersecting lines - four numbers are drawn.  From the centre draw curved patterns on either side of a segment of the line to get the floral designs shown in image 2. In the third stage draw v shaped patterns between the petals. Finish the rangoli design as shown in the fourth stage of the image to get a simple floral rangoli design.


     The next rangoli a simple design is also a free hand type. The image below shows how the rangoli progresses from two petals to a completed floral design that is further decorated and also filled with colours. shows the final rangoli pattern.  After drawing the floral petals at the centre add the longer lines of two different lengths, between the petals to complete the rangoli. It is quite a simple design to teach and to learn!     This rangoli on the right  is with dot pattern 7 by 4 for drawing lamps designs in rangoli.  Lamps ( also called diya or deepam ) are regularly used in rangoli design and so Rangoli-sans-dots is no exception.  Place the dot pattern and draw the star shape with two inverted triangles as shown in first part of the image.  One lamp has also been drawn with the botttom of the lamp drawn free hand outside the dot grid.  The completed rangoli is shown in the second part of the image.


The images above show how to draw plain or white designs.  Next comes, filling up rangoli with colours of our choice or suitable to the motifs or patterns used.  Filling rangoli with rangoli powder also comes with practice because care should be taken to ensure that the colour of one pattern or design does not spill into the other.  However, if it happens, it can be corrected.  For example if we fill a rose with pink colour and we inadvertently spill green meant for the leaves, on the pink petals, that can be corrected by adding pink again over the spilt green colour.  The video below, shows how I fill rangoli powder in a plain rangoli design. It should be a useful and engaging activity for children.


The rangolis with next level of difficulty , colourful rangoli desings are found in simple rangoli designs


Anonymous said...

hi...u draw so nicely..it is so clean...both curves and straight lines are perfect.
Good Job...loved ur rangoli

Sudha Balaji said...

Hi! Thanks! Like any art, rangoli comes with practice. Rangoli designs are drawn by hundreds of women in India, daily, I am one of them. Thanks again.

Chetan Rao said...


Sudha Balaji said...

I am sorry for the delay in giving a reply. Thanks for the comment on these rangoli designs

Shanthi Priya said...

hello mam! am a beginner for kolam. ur designs are nice. hope i learn it soon by watching urs. .. my wishes to you.
keep drawing .. .

Sudha Balaji said...

Hi Shanthi. Thanks. You can expect some more easy kolam designs in Rangoli-sans-dots. Best wishes

Shanthi Ravi said...

hello mam all your rangolis are excellent.the free hand designs and filling of colours are helpfull to create new designs. thank you.

Sudha Balaji said...

Thanks Shanthi. Nice to know that Rangoli-sans-dots is very useful. I will try to post more rangoli designs and craft ideas also

Anonymous said...

Great Job Sudha...thanks a lot for sharing the simple and easy rangoli designs. It is very helpful for beginners like me.

swathi paritala said...

Sudhaji your designs are simple n beautiful.really inspirational for beginners like me. Plz keep on posting more.

Sudha Balaji said...

Thanks Swathi. You can expect more rangoli. Also you can visit my YouTube Channel Rangolisansdots