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 that may be useful particularly for Margazhi kolams (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
The next two designs are free hand and drawn with parallel lines . The first one has a rhombus like pattern drawn at the centre. From the four edges we have four petals and between any two petals another floral petal pattern. The entire kolam is surrounded by a simple kolam border with many small circular patterns and four spiral patterns as shown. Just two colours brown and blue are used in this kolam. The kolam below is one those that was regularly drawn by my mother. A very simple kolam that can be drawn very quickly. It has petals on four sides and also in the gaps between any two of them. The outer edge of each petal has some simple designs, symmetrical. Again only two colours blue and brown have been added to get this beautiful kolam. Many free hand kolam designs are there Margazhi kolam designs
kolam with rose buds
The 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 image on the left shows the initial step in this kolam
simple kolam with deepam designs
simple kolam with simple designs
Now, for a change a rangoli with only white lines but using the theme swastik. The swastik design at the centre has two overlapping patterns. The rangoli grows or expands from this. The arms of the swastik extend further to form a beautiful pattern at the centre. The curved lines at the centre between the arms add to the attractiveness of the design. Floral patterns are drawn around as shown and the entire design is covered with a single line border. The plain and white rangoli is as attractive as a colourful one.