9 dots flower kolam with dots
The next kolam in this category is a beautiful peacock like bird kolam design. The dot pattern used in 9 to 1 ner pulli ( straight dots ). The final image with colours is shown in the photo below. The three images in black and white show the steps. Draw the spirals at the centre and then draw the curved lines on all four sides. Complete the wings as shown in the second image. The third image shows the head and neck of the birds being drawn. The result four birds ( resembling peacocks ) on four sides. A simple way of representing beautiful birds through a kolam or rangoli.
9 dots birds kolam designs or 9 dots muggulu
We proceed further to add more decorations to resemble feathers of the tail to get the kolam design shown in the final step. If we have time to spare we can add appropriate colours too.
9 dots butterfly kolam design or chukkala muggulu
This has been one of my favourite motifs. I have used them quite a lot in Rangoli-sans-dots. In fact I use this motif in free hand kolangal. One such kolam design that I drew for Varamahalakshmi Pooja is in the image below. If you are wondering why my hand is showing up in this kolam (!), I invariably do this after drawing a kolam. It is my way of showing my love or affection for kolam or rangoli. Obviously I cannot touch it because it will get erased !. Any art needs involvement and this is the effect of me getting very much involved while drawing kolam. As my mother used to say ''manolayam'' - concentration on the task in hand and thinking of nothing else. Easier said than done. In fact I find it difficult to stop a kolam at any stage ( all practitioners of kolam I think will agree ) but time and space are huge constraints.
9 dots birds rangoli design
This is a kolam or rangoli design (kolangal is the plural of kolam for those who are not aware ). It is birds kolam design. I have added very few colours infact some colourful lines inside the birds patterns to make it simple. The intermediate steps for this kolam design are shown below. The dot pattern is 9 to 1. After placing the dots, draw the petal like patterns at the centre and connect the dots as shown. In the second stage use the dots above to form a bird pattern using dots and some free hand designs. This kolam and the one below are quite simple can be drawn as simple Margazhi kolam with 9 dots.
kolam - 9 dot birds and deepam
Sticking to the theme of birds in these kolam designs, there is common kolam design with peacocks representing peacock exhibiting its plumage. I have drawn a single peacock with 9 to 1 dots ner pulli pattern. We can have two peacocks one at the top and one at the bottom or 4 peacocks on the four sides and that may necessitate a 19 dot grid - not used for daily kolam - may me used during Margazhi or for competitions.
We cab stop at this stage so that the plumage is visible in the white pattern or we can add more colours suitable for a peacock and get the final image.
9 dots simple kolam with simple patterns
9 dots kolam with repeated sikku kolam like patterns
The kolam in the images with a dot template of 9 to 1. As usual place the dot grid, Draw the outer swastik-like curved designs on the four corners. Then add the floral designs in the next stage. Now a few dots are left at the centre. Draw the design shown above. I have added two colours pink and blue to the plain design. A very easy and simple 9 dot kolam design. The two images showing the steps should of help if you have doubts in the steps involved in drawing the design in the image above.
The kolam on the left is of dot pattern 9 to 1 (straight dots or ner pulli). The dot template is placed with white kolam powder. The four outer flower-like designs are drawn. Then the patterns between them are drawn . The central floral design is drawn finally. Then the outer designs are connected to the central floral petals. Colours are used to get the image above. The two photos in black and white show two of the intermediate stages.
kolam with dots for Tamil New YearTamil Puthandu kolam and Vishu kolam are important and both festivals occur almost at the same time.
Maavilai or mangao leaf designs are considered auspicious ( we have mango leaf toran for important festivals ). So I thought I will share a mango leaf dotted kolam for these important festivals. The dot pattern is 9 to 5 idukku or sandhu pulli. There are three layers of mango leaves ( in 7 dots there are two layers and in 5 dots there is one layer ). So this pattern can be continued for higher dot grids too. The design is quite simple. Finally add the veins of the leaves with green colour to get the effect of leaf designs. This could be an ideal Navaratri kolam with dots too. The black and white show the first layer and second layer of mango leaf patterns being drawn using the dot grid. The third image represents the kolam / rangoli after completion.
In a series of kolangal I published simple kolam with dots, pulli kolam designs, rangoli with 6 dots. Hence this post I would like to devote to 9 dots kolams aka kolangal.
The dot pattern is 9 dots to 1 ner pulli - a simple design with petals. Place the dots , start the outer design of petals completing all the four corners. Then the central flower is to be drawn. The remaining dots are also used to get some floral designs. A simple kolam that can be completed quickly.
9 to 5 dot simple pavakkai (bittergourd) kolam
One of the most common kolam designs that is drawn at the entrance of a house or apartment is the paavakkai kolam ( or bitter gourd kolam ) since it is supposed to resemble a bitter gourd. The dot pattern used in 9 to 5 (idukku pulli or interlaced dots ). It can also be drawn with 9 to 1 pattern to add more bitter gourd designs at the top and bottom. We have to add dots on the sides to get the designs on the sides too. The two images below show the steps to draw this simple kolam.
simple 9 dots lamp kolam or 9 pulli vilakku kolam
This kolam is with dots - pattern is 9 dots to 1 dot (in between - idukku pulli in Tamil). This is a common lamps kolam design also called a vilakku kolam in Tamil. Place the dot grid, draw the lamps or vilakku patterns - three at the centre, two on either side and finally one at the top. The dot that are remaining are used to draw small flower patters. Two images showing the intermediate steps.
Neli kolam or sikku kolam are drawn frequently for daily kolam designs. The simplest of them with 3 , 4 or 5 dots can be drawn where space is a constraint. Above- one such simple design with a 4 by 4 dot pattern with two images showing how the line curves in and out to get the final beautiful symmetrical design.
9 pulli kolam or dot rangoli for Deepavali
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