Simple rangoli designs 5 dots

rangoli designs - 5 dots
This post may have answers to the following questions
How to draw a simple rangoli with dots (simple chukkala muggulu for daily use ) ,
 How to make a simple dot rangoli design with dots step by step
drawing 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 chukkula 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 rangoli designs with steps may be of use to those who wish to celebrate 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 to make a rangoli  of 5 dots- simple butterfly design                                                                                    

This rangoli design the latest addition to this post.  Obviously, a butterfly rangoli pattern.  A 5 by 5 dot pattern is used.  Draw the four butterflies at the four corners, first the wings and then add the head and antennae, free hand.  Use the remaining dots to draw a flower and its long, long stalk.  The colour chosen for the butterfly designs, orange and green for a white rangoli make it suitable for Independence Day or Republic Day. So far as symbolism is concerned, butterfly represents freedom among many other things.  So it is all the more apt to draw it for these days.

    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

rangoli-5-dots-9-steps.jpgrangoli-5-dots-9.jpgNature plays an important part in drawing rangoli ( or kolam).  It is but natural that we imitate (or copy) her.  Naturally (!) we have to attempt to draw beautiful birds as beautiful (!) rangoli.  We cannot come anywhere close to Mother Nature when comes to beauty, colours.  Of the many birds, the peacock (India's national bird) has fascinated us for ages for its beautiful plumage.  This simple rangoli the latest rangoli design added here a humble attempt to try one with just a five by five dot template to draw peacocks (!) and the video has also been added. It could be used as  a simple rangoli design for Krishna Janmashtami decoration due to the colour combination used.  Shown below is the birds rangoli in three steps how to draw this simple 5 dot rangoli with some free hand pattern additions. The rangoli is a three steps on the image on the right .

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.      

Using a basic dot grid of 5 to 3 ( idukku pulli called so because the dots on either side of the row of dots are placed at the centre of the dots in the previous row ) the two images show how three birds and six birds are drawn.  The first image and first stage shows a star shaped design drawn first.  Consider a dot on the right side at the centre and one above it using these two dots the body of the bird and its tail are drawn .  Similarly two more birds are drawn.  


 Another rangoli with 5 dots with birds designs.The dot grid  five to three dot pattern.  It is a birds rangoli design.  From each edge of the hexagon the neck of the bird is drawn to the dot grid.  The head and beak are added free hand.  I have used blue and orange colours for the birds.  A simple and easy rangoli design.  It is five dot six birds rangoli.   

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  video                  
Two images showing how to draw this simple kolam with mango leaves patterns

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


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.

How to make a rangoli with dots (simple muggulu chukkalu ) - simple floral patterns



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.
The rangoli design on the right  is yet another rangoli with 5 dots.  This design also has a free hand design influence as is evident in many of the rangoli design with dots also drawn by me.  Two images in black and white showing two steps in this kolam or rangoli.


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  two pictures below, show how we can draw the same rangoli without using a dot grid.  Theoretically it is possible for most rangoli designs and it should be easy for smaller rangoli.



. The image below shows how to draw the patterns on the four sides.  The remaining dots are used up with patterns in the second image.


rangoli-5-dots1-a.jpgThe next rangoli in the series is with a dot grid of 5 by 5 and is in the image below.   As usual place the dots in an array of 5 by 5.  Draw the four floral petal patterns at the four corners (in blue and pink).  Draw the floral petal (the ones at the centre are simple petals ) at the centre.  Use up the remaining dots as shown in the image or with symmetrical patterns or links of your choice to get the final image. . I have filled the entire rangoli design with colours.  We may add colours according to our imagination and liking.

    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.
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.

Some rangoli videos in this category  are in the playlist rangoli with 5 dots

I received a mail from one of my viewers stating that she was planning to use rangoli art from Rangoli-sans-dots for art therapy.  I have very little or no knowledge of art therapy.  The fact that and my YouTube channel could be a useful art therapy technique makes me happy.  It encourages me to think of more rangoli art ideas. Art treatment or therapy information is available in Wikipedia and in this news on Art therapy from The Hindu. This also encouraged me to publish a small book (e-book ) or pustakam for rangoli.

Floating rangoli or rangoli in water is an important and interesting type of rangoli design.  If you try to draw a rangoli on water with rangoli powder you find it to be impossible.  So we have to add rice flour to water so that it becomes denser.  Now one can draw a rangoli on water plus rice flour with relative ease. Once such rangoli below with 5 dot pattern. Place the dot pattern (!) on water and draw the rangoli design as shown in the image below or  follow the video that is from my YouTube channel Rangolisansdots.

A collection of 30 simple kolam ( 4 to 9 dots ) videos - 30 kolam for 30 days in a month is at 30 kolam designs The videos view time is 30 minutes.

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  1. A very useful collection of simple rangoli designs of the dotted type for beginners. Thanks

  2. Thanks Shakthi I have tried to keep the rangoli designs as simple as possible so that it would be helpful to those wishing to learn. However I have also tried my best to draw a variety of designs including some on nature ( peacocks, flowers and butterflies ) with just five dots. Thanks again

  3. awesome collection. very useful for daily basis

  4. Thanks sudha for wonderful small design. Ple dont stop uploading. Its great help. Staying in apartment culture with different state peple we hard to get chance to see rangoli and learn. Thanx u sooo much.

    1. Initially I did not upload easy and simple rangoli with dots because I was not sure whether viewers would welcome them. I find that there are more who want to learn different rangoli designs than those who just want to view them. So of late I try to give more importance to small rangoli with dots and free hand than bigger designs

  5. Very Very cute and nice collections of daily basis thank u so much sudha.

    1. Welcome. Yes, small rangoli designs are quite cute

  6. Thanks a lot. I dint know rangoli designs. And everyday in my in-law house rangolis are put. These designs I have jotted done on a piece of paper and will help me a lot. Very very thankful to you. Please help with more designs.

  7. Really nice and easy for beginners

    1. Thank you Shailaja. These are some basic rangoli designs I could think of. I would like to try more in future posts in Rangoli-sans-dots

  8. hi madam ,, it was really nice ...requesting you to upload more rangoli's ...

    1. Hope you would have noticed that rangoli with 5 to 9 dots are there in different posts that I keep updating. I will definitely post more rangoli designs in Rangoli-sans-dots

  9. very very nice, the rangoli is easy to learn

  10. Hi aunty,
    Thanx for the simple step by step rangolis.It helped to teach my kids.

  11. very nice designs ..

  12. Thank you so much. I love it .