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 without dots After one rangoli with dots the next one is a free hand design. The design below, a simple floral design that can be drawn for festivals like Varalakshmi Vratham and Navratri. It shows layers of petals one above the other. We can add any number of layers. However, I have restricted it to three to make the design simple and also to save time. Add some leaf patterns around the petals. Adding alternate white and pink colour gives a beautiful effect. The two smaller images below show two stages in this rangoli design.
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.
Floral patterns or motifs in rangoli
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