kolam designsThis post will have a pot-pourri of kolam designs, kolam without dots(kolam-sans-dots), using single line, two parallel lines, kolam with dots, and those that can be drawn with dots and free hand (There are many such designs that belong to this category particularly when the number of dots is less than 15 ).
kolam design free hand floral pattern
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kolam with rose budsThe kolam on the right has rose as a theme. A simple design that can be drawn free hand or using a 5 by 5 dot template. Draw the square (or rhombus). Use the dots inside to get the floral petals and the stalks of the roses. Use the dots outside (there will be three ) to get the leaf designs and around the remaining dot draw the roses to get this rose kolam design. Finally add some simple motifs with white rangoli powder.
The next one on the left is also a rose kolam design but with the dot pattern 6 by 6. Rose buds have been drawn. Start from one corner, draw the stalk and the leaves and finally complete the rose buds. Red rose buds have been drawn in this kolam design. The video for the kolam, above.
Rose design is also there in 7 pulli kolam
kolam design on waterA kolam design floating in water is usually drawn for festivals like Navratri before the kolu. The video below one such kolam design with five dots from my post on rangoli designs with 5 dots. So, how to draw a rangoli with dots on water - viewing the video may be of help to know the steps or procedure involved.
Special kolam designs are an important part of Navratri decoration or Diwali celebration. The free hand design below has been adapted from one of my kolam designs drawn earlier. So there are two videos in this category of kolam designs floating on water one with 5 dots and another without dots for these festivals. Take a bowl filled with water. Rangoli powder disintegrates when we try to draw on water so we should add rice flour so that the density of water increases, now it is easy to draw on water. How to draw a free hand rangoli on water. A similar video is there in my collection of videos
Parallel line kolam with colours can be found in Dasara kolam
Black and white kolam with two parallel lines are in double line kolam
Continuing our discussion on parallel lines rangoli, the image below shows a simple version of a parallel lines kolam design drawn with two different colours which though rare is now quite common in many posts of Rangoli-sans-dots. Holding the rangoli powder and drawing the colours needs some practice. A video of mine is available on YouTube on this subject.This is actually a basic version of a rangoli that I have drawn for Republic Day. I added a white line between the orange and green lines to make it suitable for the occasion. It is available in Rangoli for Republic Day. Some more designs of this category are in Diwali rangoli and Sikku kolam or knotted rangoli
In this series of Kolam ( rangoli ) designs all have been colourful ones and hence this one in black and white. It is quite a simple one expanded from a few intersecting lines. Of course it will look more attractive with colours and that is in ..... So what is the best kolam design for a festival or occasion. Kolam means beauty so there is no design than can be termed as the best. All kolam designs are equally good, one better than the other!
Festival - Jeyshta Gowri Pooja
It invariably is celebrated during the month of Bhadrapada ( which falls during August - September and so it is in this post for August ) on the seventh day after new moon. Two bronze pots one bigger than the other are used for the festival. The pots are decorated with sandal paste and turmeric ( To get an idea as to how to decorate pots are to place face of Goddess on a pot please go to Varalakshmi festival or Tulsi Marriage)
The two pots represent two sisters Jeyshta and Kanishta. After performing puja haldi (turmeric ) and kumkum (made from turmeric powder ) are distributed. This is also called Jeystha Kanishta Puja and is performed for the welfare of the spouse