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.
Flower kolam design with 6 dots pattern
lotus kolam for festivals
lotus kolam without dots
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
How to make a rangoli - floral patterns in few steps
In rangoli kolam designs flowers play an important part - in fact nature plays an important role. It is easy for us to take designs and colours from nature - patterns, designs and colours are there everywhere around us. There are many methods through which floral designs can be represented in a rangoli. I would like to show some of them in Rangoli-sans-dots. Invariably I start with free hand designs true to the nature of name - Rangolisansdots. I will update with some simple floral designs with dots - basic designs
Floral petals through steps in rangoli
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.
circle surrounded by or decorated by patterns according to one's imagination. The design next is drawn in two stages first the outline is drawn and then the bottom lines are added to get the pattern in light blue. This is surrounded by a simple border in purple. The rangoli is now decorated with the patterns in pink and green. Few white patterns are added in the area filled with purple rangoli . Then petal patterns in red and green are added to get the final image.
Special type of rangoli using floral petals - different but simple
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