These designs can be used for festivals like Diwali and Margazhi too when there is a lot of emphasis on colourful rangoli designs
Rose kolam with dots
Rose kolam with a 15 to 8 dot pattern is one of the most common rangoli or kolam designs that is drawn quite frequently for special occasions or for festivals like Margazhi and Diwali. It is also drawn for competitions. The dot pattern is 15 to 8 idukku pulli. After placing the dot grid the central design is drawn first and around it the 6 roses are drawn. The central pattern and the patterns for the dots remaining after drawing the roses differ according to one's imagination. However the rose designs are common in this type of rangoli. The images showing the intermediate steps in this rangoli will give us an idea for drawing this rangoli. While the rangoli ( or kolam ) can be completed quickly adding colours will take some time and so test out patience.
The image at the top shows in four steps how a floral design can be drawn. The first three steps have floral petals representing flowers. The final image shows four patterns with leaves added to get a simple leaves and petals design. Of course this can be further expanded as we wish. More flower and leaves rangoli designs are available in Rangoli-sans-dots. This post will invariably have free hand rangoli designs in this theme on floral or (near floral !) designs.
On the top a floral rangoli design - in three ( simple) steps. It starts from a series of lines radiating from a small circle. Around these are drawn the floral petal designs ( in step 2 ) . The rangoli is finished as shown in the colourful rangoli at the bottom. Here our imagination comes into play and the patterns and designs can be added according to our imagination but the same time matching the basic designs. Add colours to complete the colourful design.
Theme - Floral petals and leaves - patterns or motifs in rangoli
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.
Next some rangoli designs that are not completely flower rangoli designs but using some motifs representing flowers
How this rangoli is made - Two images showing the steps.
Please also see
Pulli kolam designs