Name of the Rangoli Design: Kolam with Dots (9-5) – Design #5
Surface to Draw Rangoli: Front door entrance, sidewalks of the main door entrance, corners of the house
Materials Required: To make the outline of this Kolam, use rice flour, chalk powder, or white rangoli powder. Using white for outlining the Kolam is considered sacred because white signifies purity, innocence, peace, and simplicity. Make your Kolam freehand by taking the rangoli material between your thumb and forefingers and letting it flow freehand. If you are not comfortable freehand, use a mehndi cone or a tube.
Steps 1 to 5: Creation of Rangoli Grid
To create our rangoli Kolam, we will start by making the rangoli dot grid first. As mentioned, this is a 9×5 Kolam; therefore, we will make a 9×5 Kolam dot grid as shown in images (steps 1 to 5).
Steps 6 to 18
Now that your Kolam grid is ready, and we are ready to start drawing this Kolam with the help of dots, we will begin on the grid by drawing simple curved lines by connecting the dots to form diyas. As shown in steps 6 to 18, we will make six diyas (pot-lanterns) in the rangoli. By step #18, your rangoli Kolam is starting to come out. Now we will proceed with our next steps.
Steps 19 to 30
In steps 19 to 30, we will start designing in the centre of the grid between the six diyas as shown in the images. In the previous steps we drew curved lines to create the diyas. Now we will be working with straight lines connecting the dots in the centre. By step 30, we have further improved our Kolam design.
Steps 31 to 54
As seen in the images, let’s start decorating the inner start with some curved lines around it. We have used red pointer to distinguish the areas where the next changes are to be made.
Steps 55 to 71
By step 55, we have entered the final stages of creating this Kolam. This stage includes decorating the six diyas with a few curved and straight lines and also some extra dots to illuminate the flames of the diyas.
Congratulations! Your kolam design is ready. You can decorate the final Kolam with different colour combinations as shown in the image or as per your innovative streak.
Hope you enjoyed the experience of drawing this 9×5 rangoli Kolam design.
How to make rangoli coloured powder?
You can either buy readymade rangoli powder from the market or you can make it on your own. Traditionally women used household items from the kitchen to make rangoli/muggulu/kolam designs. Using household items, such as rice flour powder, haldi, kumkum, gulal, spices, grains, for rangoli designing is considered auspicious.
You can use either the rice flour or salt to make the rangoli coloured powder. Take rice flour or salt in a container with lid. Add food colour and vinegar to it. Cover the container with lid and shake it well until the blend gets mixed up well. Finally spread the mixture on a clean cloth or a newspaper and let it dry.