Simple vilakku or deepam kolam for Karthigai Deepam
Many a time I have emphasised the important role played by nature in selection of designs for our kolam.
7 dots muggulu / chukkala muggulu - flowers rangoli kolam designs
As I have emphasised earlier, muggu, rangavalli or kolam or rangoli or alpona are different names for the same beautiful art. Drawn with dots or without, with colours or without, simple, intricate, complicated, for festivals, for decoration, for competition, for functions, for teaching, for learning, as an activity, as a project or as a hobby.
7 dots rangoli - butterflies
7 dots elephant rangoli or 7 pulli yanai kolam
7 to 4 dots birds rangoli design ( 7 to 4 pulli paravai kolam in Tamil )
With the same dot grid and same central pattern we can convert the heads of the birds into butterflies. The result a simple butterfly kolam with dots. Of course we can decorate the kolam design as we wish. The butterfly kolam below and two intermediate steps
Another 7 dot kolam design, with dot grid 7 to 4 (idukku pulli). As usual, place the dot template, draw the central designs using the dots at the centre, inside the hexagon. Half of each side of the hexagon and the remaining dots are used to obtain the bird designs on the six sides. My daughter says that they look like dolphins, the beak looks like a nose and the purple design below the neck, represents the flat tail of the dolphin according to her. Dolphin or bird we have another kolam design for practising or drawing. How to draw it is shown on my Channel in Youtube - Rangolisansdots at 7 dots birds kolam video
More birds rangoli designs
This rangoli is also drawn with 7 by 4 dot grid ( in between dots ). In this case I have used four petals at the centre. In the gaps between any two birds I have drawn bird designs that appear as if they are perched on a branch. Quite an easy rangoli.
With the same dot grid 7 to 4 ( interlaced dots ) and following the same pattern we can also get a different kolam design. Instead of birds we can complete the kolam with lamp patterns as shown in the images below.
7 dots mango leaf rangoli ( 7 pulli maavilai kolam )
7 dots lotus rangoli ( 7 pulli thamarai kolam )
The next kolam with 7 dots - the dot pattern used is 7 to 4 ( idduku pulli or interlaced dots ). Two images showing how to draw this kolam step by step. For more steps there is a video in my Channel Rangolisansdots.
Another kolam with 7 by 4 idukku or sandhu or idai pulli grid using motifs that are some what similar to the kolam above. The kolam in three steps and the final image, a white kolam. Colours can be added if time permits for this kolam that can be drawn quick and easy.
How to draw a simple lines kolam with 7 dots
The next kolam below in blue and orange colours. One more simple design using basic patterns or motifs.
The images below show intermediate stages for this very simple kolam .
The next design in the image above, is also of 7 to 1 dot template. It is also a very easy rangoli with dots and can be drawn in a short time. Draw the pattern at the centre. Add the outer motif or pattern in orange colours one by one, connected to the centre with a small rhombus to use up the dots. This very simple rangoli design is ready.
7 to 4 dots small kolam
The next kolam - with a 7 by 4 dot grid ( idukku pulli ). A simple, small yet attractive kolam and hence suitable for drawing at the entrance of our homes. Draw the two outer and inner hexagons. Decorate the space between the hexagons with patterns as shown. Use the remaining dots to draw floral and petals. Add more decorations according to your imagination.
Another kolam with the same dot grid 7 to 4 - the design drawn using some simple patterns. The images below showing two of the intermediate steps.
Two intermediate steps for this kolam
Learning a new art is important part of Akshaya Tritiya celebrations. Some of the simple designs here may be useful as Akshaya Tritiya kolam .
7 dots rongoli with simple patterns
The next simple apartment kolam with dots is a black and white version of a popular kolam from my YouTube channel. The dot pattern is 7 by 7. As always draw the outer designs on the corners of the square matrix. Draw the central floral design and add the four semi circular designs on the sides. To view how this kolam is drawn please go to simple kolam with dots
kolam with 7 by 7 dots
Rangoli designs with only dots can be combined with free hand rangoli patterns also to get a more beautiful rangoli. One example in the pictures below.
rangoli / kolam with colours for Holi or Deepavali a combination of dotted and free hand rangoli !
Why should we learn many rangoli designs
Zentangles and rangolis
Fortunately schools here also are giving importance to art including zentangling. I was pleasantly surprised when my daughter brought this zentangle home from school. I think she has done a pretty decent job. The design radiates from the centre like a free hand rangoli design with different patterns in each ( shall I call it sector ). I think each pattern drawn is beautiful and different. One thing is for sure, we need a lot of patience to draw this beautiful art form.
For more rangoli / kolam / muggulu with dots