These designs can be used for festivals like Diwali and Margazhi too when there is a lot of emphasis on colourful rangoli designs
Flower rangoli designs with dots
lotus kolam for festivals - Pongal kolam or Sankranti Sankranti muggulu
lotus kolam without dots for Pongal or Sankranti muggulu
Lotus is considered important in rangoli Above I have tried my version of a lotus kolam for Margazhi. The Hridaya kamalam is a lotus viewed from the top. This mandala (or rangoli) above has the side views of four lotuses at right angles to each other. The pattern at the centre can be drawn as shown in the image or we can draw any pattern suitable to draw four lotuses above and around it. First the three-petal motif is drawn and then four flowers are drawn on the four sides. Fill with pink and any other colour to complete the design. If required a circular border can be drawn around it . Since it is an auspicious symbol this design can be used for festivals like Varalakshmi Pooja, Raksha Bandhan and Navaratri.
Thamarai kolam design
Theme - Floral petals and leaves - patterns or motifs in rangoliThe white rangoli design is a combination of petals and leaves drawn free hand. Draw the central leaves on four sides. Expand the rangoli - two leaves on either side forming an arch with petals above and inside. Four such motifs on all sides help us complete it
The theme of this post is nature, naturally(!) because without nature where from will I get my rangoli designs. Under nature this post will be on flowers and petals and more specifically floral petals and leaf. The free hand design above has four leaf patterns as the base around which we have floral designs. Usually many rangoli designs, at least drawn by me have a flower at the centre. This is to try something different. Around the four leaves green in colour, we have more leaf patterns between them and above them. The rangoli is finally decorated with pink petals to complete the design. I have used a combination of blue and green leaf patterns, the central green leaf patterns being the more dominant. The pink and orange designs represent floral patterns. Around them at the top are tendril like shapes. Where ever possible I have added curlicues as they are commonly used by nature too ! It is as if nature challenges us to copy her if we can.
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