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
Rangoli drawn with 11 to 1 dot - lotus or thamarai patterns
The four images in black and white show us the steps in drawing this rather simple kolam using thamarai or lotus designs. This can also be drawn without dots or free hand
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
kolam design free hand floral pattern
This kolam design a very colourful and hence beautiful free hand design that has been added for joyfully celebrated festivals like Navratri and Diwali. It is a kolam design with flowers as a theme and obviously flowers have to be very colourful. However I have taken the liberty of adding different colours to the petals. From the image, the central floral kolam with pink and green petals is surrounded by another flower with orange petals. The outer side is decorated with petal or leaf like designs decorated with spiral patterns and colourful lines on the top. Between these two is a simple border with a mixture of orange , pink and purple colours to get the colour that is somewhat close to purple. A colourful free hand kolam design with floral petals.
The 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.
Flower kolam without dots with leaves
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.
Floral rangoli on OHP sheets
This is a rangoli design for Diwali made from over head projector sheet in short called OHP sheet. The designs are drawn using glitters available in market, commercially. The base is a design similar to a semi-circular sanskar bharathi design. On this the floral patterns in gold and bright blue are added . The leaf patterns in yellow on the top complete this artificial rangoli design for Diwali or to be used as a gift
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