Small rangoli with dots - simple patterns

After rangoli with five dots , simple kolam with dots this post may have even simpler rangolis. Since we use only four dots these can be termed as very easy rangoli designs with dots. Probably we can try some design with three dots also. Please do not forget to like my Facebook page Rangoli sans dots

In an earlier post, I wrote that I would limit the number of dots to 5 and not less than that.  However after drawing some with 5 dots, I wondered if I could try some rangolis with 4 dots that may be of help to beginners or learners.  So this post is for very small rangoli with dots i.e four dots .

Now for some small size kolam with 4 dots 

small rangoli with 4 dots 

This small rangoli in two easy steps in the photos below.

This is a very simple rangoli drawn with a 4 by 4 dot grid.  Actually this rangoli has drawn around this dot grid instead of the usual rangoli obtained joining the dots. .  The image I think is self-explanatory and does not need steps.  However, there is a video in Rangolisansdots ( my video Channel )

small floral rangoli with 4 dots !

The rangoli / kolam design below has been drawn with a 4 by 4 dot template.  Draw the purple petals at the centre to use up some dots.  Draw the curved shapes on the top of the petals.  Complete the flower with free hand curved lines to get the final design.  I have used green for the sepals, red for the petals.  The yellow colour represents the inner parts of the flower.  From this design it is clear that that with just four dot grid it is possible to draw a beautiful rangoli or kolam design to represent flowers.  I think children  will love it.      Though it is a simple rangoli, (four ) steps involved in drawing this are shown, in the image.                            

small birds rangoli design with 4 dots !


 The next rangoli in the series, a dot pattern of 4 by 4 has been used to draw four birds.  I have drawn the lines around the dots as we do in some types like sikku kolam.  I have coloured them green. Obviously, when it is meant for beginners I have to bring in my videos also. First draw the four birds using the dots as shown.  Then draw the central floral design.  Fill with colours to get the image shown on the left. The image on the right shows the rangoli design drawn in three steps ( I thought a photo with three or four stages of the rangoli is better than a video because it is easier to see and comprehend straight away than waiting for a video to buffer ) Hence I have made some changes in some posts. The first stage and second stage differ in that a curved line is drawn at the bottom of the bird patterns.  The remaining dots at the centre are used up with a floral design. The green colour with red beaks may resemble parrots if the beaks are drawn curved.
small-rangoli-4-dots-3.jpgsmall-rangoli-4-dots-2.jpgThe next one is also of 4 dot by 4 grid type.  It has four lamps at four corners.  A very simple design.  Draw the four lamps on the four sides and add 'jyothi' of the lamps.  Add simple colours blue and light blue to get the lamps.  Add red colour to the lamp for enhanced effect.
The next one is also of 4 by 4 dots pattern.  I have left it plain without adding colours (for a change).
Here it is.  Draw the free hand designs on the four sides using the dots and the central simple  kolam design to get the final image. A very simple rangoli, should be child's play for a kid !
The rangoli design below was drawn for Akshaya Tritiya.  I have shared the video here since only few dot designs have been posted here.The rangoli design in the video above has been drawn with 4 by 4 dot pattern.  A very simple rangoli for children to practice.
small sikku kolam with 4 dots 
small-rangoli-4-dots-1.jpg     The next image on the left  shows the knotted variety of rangoli or kolam design that is unique to Tamil Nadu.  It has been drawn with a four by four dot pattern.  Since it invariably starts and ends at the same place it is usually drawn as a continuous loop or in some cases the patterns are drawn around the dots individually around which an endless line is drawn around the dots  to get the final design.  These designs can be very challenging and so I have added a simple rangoli design.  Also four lotus patterns have been added on four sides to get a different design.  More such designs are there in knotted rangoli designs.              

The next rangoli is also the same sikku kolam with a 4 by 4 dot pattern.  Only the final decorations have been changed.  Instead of lotus designs I have used  vilakku (lamps) and floral petals.Two images showing the intermediate steps.

small rangoli with 4 dots with simple patterns
Another rangoli in this series of basic rangoli patterns.  The dot grid used is 4 by 4 (square dot grid ).  For beginners who would like to learn two intermediate steps are shown in the images below the rangoli. They should give us an idea of the steps.  Small rangoli can also be used where there are space constraints like apartments.


Small and simple kolam ( of course with dots ) is a very popular category in kolam designs.  The reasons are that they are , easy to practice , learn and to draw. We can have beautiful and colourful small kolam designs also.  While big kolam are usually reserved for Margazhi season, these small and cute kolam are for daily use.  

The first kolam in this series of small and simple kolam with steps - this is a 4 by 4 dot grid (pulli kolam ).  As usual draw the leaves or petals on the four corners.  Next draw the four lamp or vilakku patterns.  Finally use up the remaining dots as shown.  Two images showing the two steps before colours are added.  The vilakku patterns make suitable for Karthigai Deepam too in case you want a simple kolam for the festival.



3 dots rangoli or kolam

small-rangoli-3-dots-2.jpgIt is possible to draw simple 3 dots rangoli  too.  I have added some using 3 by 3 dot template below for children to practise. Some cute and beautiful patterns are possible.  In the image below in the third column both designs are sikku kolam (sikku means knot ) The first column the one at the top is a flower design and the one at the bottom is a leaf design that can actually be developed into more beautiful designs.  For example the leaves can be converted into fish or birds.  In the second column the one at the top is a simple flower design with eight petals and the one at the bottom though it can represent anything can be converted into a tortoise with some simple additions.  So the possibilities are endless even in three dots.  The designs can be filled with colours to make them more attractive.

small-rangoli--dots.jpg It is possible to draw a cute and beautiful kolam or rangoli design with just a 3 by 3 dot pattern.  The rangoli in the image below.  Place the dot grid, draw a small circle around the central dot.  From this draw four petals using some of the dots.  The remaining dots can be used to draw tendril patterns - they may be suitable for floral designs.                                   While drawing a rangoli with a piece of chalk or a pen is relatively easy, making it with rangoli powder needs some practice.  Initially, there may be problems in holding the powder, moving the hand and pushing the fingers simultaneously.   Hence there is a video in my YouTube channel shows in four different directions and in slow motion how a line is drawn using rangoli powder.

You may also like these kolam

 5 dots rangoli / kolam with steps
Draw rangoli in 2,3,4 steps 
Rangoli designs for learning with steps
How to do easy kolam designs

A playlist of  kolam videos from my YouTube channel 

These kolam designs are using to 9 dots patterns.  There are 30 videos and the  link is 30 simple kolam designs


  1. exellent types thanks

  2. Super cute and little kolam is useful for me. Thank you mam