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Rangoli with dots 7 pulli kolam


Many a time I have emphasised the important role played by nature in selection of designs for our kolam.
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floral-kolam.jpg7-dot-kolam-step-1.jpgThe same design above shown through two images to give a better idea of the steps involved in drawing this rangoli  . The first photo shows the first two steps. The pattern at the centre is drawn first.    The third and fourth show the flowers ( rose buds and Hibiscus ? ) drawn to get a 7 dot poo kolam as we may call it in Tamil.  I have given two colourful versions of the final image.  The one at the top more colourful and near natural ( so far as the colours are concerned ).  The one at the bottom is an easier version for adding colours.
                                                   
The advantages are many.  We don't have to search, rack our brains for designs, colours and patterns.  And most important there is no copyright violation!  Also visit and like my Facebook page on rangoli sans dots .  The design on the right  the latest kolam added here has been drawn using a 7 by 7 dot template.  The central pattern is connected to the four roses through leaves.  On the four corners hibiscus flowers have been drawn.  The petals have some yellow patterns to indicate the presence of stamen in the flowers.  A simple kolam design using a simple dot grid.   A very simple kolam design with some free hand motifs involved 
This post may have answers to these questions - How to draw a kolam with dots -or more specifically
How to draw a kolam with 7 dots - How to draw a kolam with elephant designs
How to draw birds kolam with 7 dots - How to draw flowers kolam with 7 dots
Here, almost all  kolam will have information on the dot pattern and steps are described

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The image  above is a dot kolam version of a free hand kolam I drew for Ganesh Chathurti.  This is drawn with 7 dots to 1 pattern.  Draw the central orange and pink petals.  Using the remaining dots create elephants on four sides.  Some free hand drawing for lotus and tusks, heads are required.  
The free hand pattern is in Ganesh Puja

rangoli-143-c-step1.jpgrangoli-143-c-step2.jpg     This image below shows how to start the 6 birds with 7 dots rangoli design.  After drawing the patterns (curved lines ) through the centre the remaining dots are used to get the birds heads. That is shown in the next image.  The dot remaining before the head is used for drawing the beak.                                      
rangoli-143-c.jpgThe next kolam in our series with 7 dots ( I am updating the posts as and when I create kolam) is a birds kolam design . The dot template or pattern is 7 to 4 (in between dots).  After placing the dot grid draw the three S shaped curved lines intersecting at the central dot.  Draw curved patterns to get the head of a bird.  Add beaks to all the birds.  Add bright colours as they are associated with birds.  Draw  the crown on the top as shown to get the final design. The same design can be filled with dark blue or green with more  colourful decorations on the crown to represent a peacock.  However that would be a poor representation of what nature can show off.  We cannot get the shine or glitter of peacock feathers but at least we can try.
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.
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rangoli-143-d-step1.jpgrangoli-143-d-step2.jpgThe two images below show this rangoli design in two stages.  Normally we have maavilai ( or mango leaves ) in one stage, since there are two sets of mango leaves (!) two images showing how to go about this rangoli design are shown. I hope it is clear.  Adding colours is our choice.
rangoli-143-d.jpgThis is the latest design in this post on  7 dots kolam.  The  template used is 7  to 4 (in between dots)  Place the dot pattern as usual.  Draw the central intersecting lines connecting the central dot with two dots on either side.  Extend the arms on all  sides to get six straight arms.  Now draw curved lines as shown in two stages.  First the coloured patterns in yellow,  blue and red are drawn.  Then the outside white pattern is drawn.   This type of design is called maavilai kolam in Tamil as the patterns resemble mango  leaves (!).  This is a common kolam,  6 dots are left out on the periphery that are circled usually.  I have added one more maavilai using that dot.   That is all  the difference.
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This post has been updated with the kolam in the image above.  As the post title suggests it is a 7 dot pulli kolam.  It can be categorised as a simple poo kolam (poo in Tamil means flower).  It is a kolam design I have tried with floral petals on all four sides.  Hence the name.  The two images in black and white show the intermediate stages in the kolam design
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The two images below show the intermediate steps for the rangoli above.

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 The dot pattern adopted in 7 to 1 (straight dots or ner pulli ).  Place the dot pattern with kolam powder.  Start drawing the pink petals on on four sides.  Use up the remaining dots at the centre to get the pattern in the image above or any other pattern according to your imagination.  Fill the kolam with flowers to get a simple floral kolam design. Now, if it is not easy to decide the method, the video below can be of help! ( it is in my channel ).   After drawing  five  and 6 dots designs.  I suddenly raced to 11 not before posting some 9 dot patterns. Probably 7 and 9 are the most popular among kolam with dots.  Its only a guess.
rangoli-143-f.jpgSo in this post - the kolam above has a 7 by 7 dot template.  Draw the central design and the four patterns extending from it. Draw the floral patterns on the four sides. Complete the kolam with few colours.  I have added a few dots on each flower, to represent the stamens(?) of the flowers.

The image on the right is a different type of simple sikku kolam . A dot pattern of 7 by seven is followed.  Draw the four knotted designs at the four corners and then add the one at the centre.  Connect all the designs with curved lines. Still need some visual explanations.  The video from my channel has been added below.

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.  One of the important patterns regularly used in kolangal is diya or deepam in Tamil.  The image above is with 7 to 1 dot pattern.  It is a very easy kolam with dots and can be drawn by beginners also.  Draw the four lamps one by one.  Connect them all with a simple loop around the remaining four dots between the lamps.  Add colours to complete the  design. Though it is a 7 dot design I have tried to get a very simple design so that it would be useful for all.

The next kolam  below in blue and orange colours. One more simple design using basic patterns or motifs.

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          The images below show intermediate stages for this very simple kolam .                                        

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 The next kolam design below is also with 7 by 7 dot pattern.  Place the dot grid , draw the four butterflies on the four corners.  Draw the four petal floral design at the centre and
use up the remaining dots with tendril like patterns.                                                      

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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.

In case you want to view more rangoli / kolam with dots
 please go to pulli kolam designs.
 For free hand designs go to colourful rangoli designs

3 comments:

  1. The kolams drawn by you particularly the kolam with birds and the kolam with butterflies are simple and neat

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    1. What about the elephant kolam ? Isn't it simple but special

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    2. the elephant kolam is creative and very nice...

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