How to draw a simple rangoli with dots (simple chukkala muggulu for daily use for festivals like Ugadi )
How to make a simple dot rangoli design with dots step by stepdrawing a simple birds rangoli pattern with 5 dots and to draw a simple flower rangoli with 5 dots
This post may also have information on the basics of rangoli or kolam with dots i.e simple and small rangoli designs with dots for beginners or starters. Let us start with the simplest of dot patterns 5 by 5 ( 4 by 4 designs are in a subsequent post). However if time permits I can post a few of this type also. Now in this series of 5 dots (or points or bindu as they are also called ) or chukkala muggulu - rangolis designs with dots, I would like to upload the video or steps for each rangoli instead of the dot pattern or template because it would be of use for beginners . Again there may be some influence of some free hand designs even in these rangoli with dots because as I wrote earlier my blog is rangoli-sans-dots! Hope you enjoy these designs. To add me to your circle please go to my Google plus profile.
This collection of 5 dots chinna kolangal or rangoli designs with steps may be of use to those who wish to celebrate Tamil New Year, Navratri , Dasara or Diwali with rangoli and are trying rangoli designs the first time or have been practising recently. If one finds it difficult to learn with rangoli ( powder ) a note book can be used for learning and practicing. Though Pongal or Sankranthi through Margazhi ( or Margali ) is a season for big rangoli or kolam, these rangoli designs will be useful for those who want learn kolam and draw it at the entrance during this rangoli season.
How does one draw a rangoli?
Now, some small kolam with dot pattern - 5 dot grid
How to make a rangoli of 5 dots- simple butterfly design
This rangoli has been drawn in a four steps using the dot pattern 5 by 5. The dot grid has been placed four times. The first grid on the top left shows the stage after the wings are drawn. The image on the top right shows the antennae added , free hand. The third and fourth image shows the branch or creeper drawn using the remaining dots.
How to make a rangoli of dots - birds or peacock patterns kolangal
Some more rangoli designs simple and small - theme birds
Continuing with birds, the next kolam is with a five by five dot grid. A very simple method to draw a rangoli with simple peacock like designs. Place the dot grid, draw a central design in two steps as shown above, connect the remaining dots to get the birds rangoli. The head and tail are drawn using the dots and beak is drawn free hand. There are quite a few five dot designs in rangoli with 5 dots You can add any other design as desired by you, or leave it as it is. Finally fill the rangoli with colours. While drawing the basic rangoli it is desired to have as thin lines as possible. Again this comes with practice.
I have drawn a rangoli design using birds and some lamps (deepam in Tamil ). It is drawn using a dot grid of 5 by 5. Draw the floral petals at the centre and then draw the lamps on the four sides. Finally add the birds using the remaining dots. Of course the easier way of following the method would be to view the video. A simple rangoli design with simple lamp patterns and hence can be drawn for Navratri or Diwali and of course Karthigai. To know how to draw it please visit my YouTube channel
The rangoli design above is of dot template 5 to 5. It has four leaves in orange and green with some patterns above each leaf. Since the leaves are supposed to represent mango leaves such kolam are usually called maavilai kolam (maavilai is Tamil for mango leaves). Since this post is for learning rangoli I have tried a very simple and easy design. The steps needed for drawing this rangoli are below the image.
Mango leaves are associated with auspicious occasions in Tamil Nadu. It is common to find entrances decorated with thoranam or toran made of mango leaves during festivals like Pongal, Ugadi, Varalakshmi Pooja, Tamil New Year and house warming ceremonies and of course Navratri kolu decoration. Hence the importance to these designs. Actually this design below has some mango leaves. For a maavilai kolam please go to rangoli with 7 dots. Since this is an important rangoli, the steps involved are shown in the image on the right (instead of a video to make it more user friendly - I hope ! )
The image on the top iss a rangoli with 5 by 5 dot grid for a thulasi madam design. Draw the dot template. Using it draw the central oval designs intersecting each other. Add the base and the plant using free hand patterns.. Tulsi rangoli with dots can be drawn for festivals like Navratri and of course Tulsi Vivah. The two images in black and white show two intermediate steps
Small kolam designs for Karthigai /Deepvali with dots
kolam with 5 dotsWhile a festival like Diwali or Deepavali calls for colourful, grand kolam there must be an occasional simple kolam design either for a change or for those who would like to draw a simple kolam for festivals. So, the kolam in the image below, with just 5 dots and the theme that is congruous with Deepavali a deepam kolam. The dot pattern is 5 to 3 (interlocked dots aka idukku pulli in Tamil ). Very few colourful lines have been added instead of filling up the entire design to make the kolam as simple as possible. ( Note it may not be easy as it appears to be though it is with five dots )
The next rangoli design is also with 5 by 5 dot pattern. It has four diya (or deepam designs) facing towards the centre. At the centre there are some floral petals connecting the lamps. A free hand leaf border has been added around the rangoli. The image for this rangoli design has been added below the image. First draw the four diya patterns. Add the floral and leaf patterns for the remaining dots. Add the free hand patterns connecting the lamps through two green leaves as shown.
Continuing with Karthigai Deepam it is celebrated on the full moon day in the Tamil month Karthigai when the moon is in the constellation, Krithika. Earthen lamps with oil are lit in the evening in many houses and the cities and towns are brightly lit. In cities where many live in apartments, it is common to see lamps lit around the rangoli at the entrance,on the staircase and in the sit-outs. In Tamil Nadu it is celebrated with the same fervour as Diwali
How to make a rangoli with dots (simple muggulu chukkalu ) - simple floral patterns
small flower kolam designs with dots or 5 pulli flower kolam
The rangoli shown above is a simple but beautiful floral rangoli. Draw the four flowers on the edges of the rangoli. Create the central design using the remaining dots. Draw yellow lines parallel to the flower design to create flowers. The final rangoli image is as shown . Since the patterns used are simple, this is an easy rangoli design with dots and can be used by children also to practice. Though this is quite an easy rangoli design the image below shows in three steps how this floral rangoli with 5 by 5 dot grid can be drawn in just three steps. However, the final image has different colours to show how we can apply colours to a rangoli according to our imagination. Also, there are a wide variety of colours that can be used for flowers. Two stages of the rangoli taken from my video on this design have been added for reference.
Simple rangoli with 5 dots - simple patterns
This is also a five dot rangoli. Draw the four designs along the edges. Draw the central design. Fill with green and red colours to the rangoli design. We can also add simple dots and curved lines to get the image below.
Below- This is a rangoli with 5 by 5 dots with floral patterns and leaves. Four motifs as shown in the design below are added between the flowers. The central design is a simple one. A beautiful rangoli design , isn't it. It is a design suitable for free hand drawing also. One such design (or a very similar one) has been posted in a post Rangoli of November 2012. The pictures below show how to draw the rangoli
The rangoli below, in this collection of 5 dot designs has been drawn with 5 by 5 dot pattern. The rangoli has been shown in four steps. First draw the lamps and then the birds as shown.
more kolam designs with dots step by step - birds and lamps theme
Ner pulli kolam a type of rangoli design with dots (simple chukkala muggulu ) can be of two types - one with dots in descending order on either side of a central row ( for example if the central row has 7 dots the rows on either side will be 5,3 and 1. This type of dot arrangement is used usually when the patterns are symmetrical on either side of the central row & the other type is when the dots are of pattern 5 dots by 5 or 6 dots by 6. In these types usually you will observe that there is symmetry on the four corners of the rangoli design either separately or radiating from the centre. Of course these are only guidelines- there are always exception to the rule. However symmetry is the central theme of any rangoli or kolam design whether free hand or with dots. The beauty of a rangoli lies in symmetry. Here again we imitate nature.
Another birds kolam - a simple one again
5 dots deepam kolam - simpleThe next kolam in this small kolam with dots for Deepavali is with a dot grid 5 to 3 ( idukku pulli ). The dot grid is placed vertically instead of horizontally as we do in many designs. The 5 dots are placed from top to bottom vertically, then four dots on either side and then three dots. A hexagon is drawn first as shown in the first image. Then the the deepam patterns are drawn from each edge of the hexagon. The remaining dots are used to draw floral patterns ( small flowers that are cute ). Add colours as shown in the final image.
Some rangoli videos in this category are in the playlist rangoli with 5 dots
1. How to choose a colour combination for a rangoliHere we can use nature as a guide when we draw patterns from nature. When some non-specific patterns are drawn or when we want to have our own combination we should give freedom to our imagination. Also we may do some samples with rangoli colours (like filling some simple shapes near the actual rangoli ) to see if we are satisfied with the result. After all opinions vary from person to person and what is liked by one may not be liked by a few others.
How does one dispose the flowers used for puja?
Well, after removing them from the puja room, I offer them to the Tulsi plants or rose plants. This way the plants are also benefited.
2. How is it possible to maintain symmetry in rangoli ?.
I accept that it is not possible to maintain perfect symmetry in hand drawn rangolis with dots or without dots. Even in rangoli with dots if the dots are not placed properly, as the number of dots in the template increase the asymmetry is visible. In free hand rangoli the simpler the design better the symmetry!. - because as we draw many smaller patterns and motifs the resulting asymmetry is not magnified. When we try to draw one big rangoli with few big patterns, we can run into problems. Hence we can only attempt to draw as symmetrical as humanly possible. When the use of rangoli powder on floor is considered the limitations of humans will definitely be seen. Unlike rangoli drawn with sketch pens or ball pen in a note book or using a computer, hand drawn designs are naturalistic and therein lies their beauty. The rangolis with intricate patterns drawn using a sketch pen/ball pen cannot be drawn on the floor with rangoli with the same degree of intricacy. We should try our best to get the best rangoli design with dots or free hand we can create within our limitation. Practise will make us go closer to perfection.
3. How to fill up colours in a rangoli ?
This is a collection of simple and easy rangoli designs with dots for our homes, for learning, for practising and for teaching or as an activity for children.
A tribute to my mother , a great rangoli artist my guru for kolam.
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