Rangolis are colorful patterns made in houses, offices and for venues where special events would commence. These are made for special Indian occasions, festivals, etc. There are different kinds of rangoli patterns and they are practiced with proper knowledge and skill. Dot rangolis are one of the basic forms of rangoli designs, where you design the pattern based on dots.
This makes freehand rangolis easier since you don’t get other instruments to do them as well. In this article, we will go through some rangoli patterns which haven’t been based on dots and have neither been done with the help of rangoli instruments. These are definitely tough to opt for but you can start with the easy ones and then level up!
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Easy peacock rangoli with petals
For freehand rangoli, you will have to make a border at first and then start with the design. The border marks the territories, the shapes and the colors you need to add. Start with the shape of the peacock. First chalk out the body of the bird and then the feathers. Add the colors in blue and pink, and then identify the beak and eyes with red. Use white powder to make the petals and divide the internal area for the different colors you’d put.
Border rangoli and peacock
When you want to do freehand patterns, it is good to stick to borders. This is because you get a better base and the design turns out to be neater. Make the big semi-circular pattern with pink border. Continue with a layer of blue and then make the triangular shapes. Follow it up with leaf type shapes and then add a layer of pink again. Fill up the core with yellow color and add one last layer in blue. The design looks like a half flower and is then elongated a peacock shape. Enhance on your own if it gets too difficult.
Diwali rangoli with peacock and diya
Start off with the shape of the diya and then continue with the peacock. The shapes do not have a border, which either means that they have been done over or they have been bordered by the respective colors in the respective places. Start with the diya shape and then make the flames. Add colorful and bright colors to make it look attractive. Make the body of the peacock and make the shape as easy as possible. The feathers have been colors in shades of green and there is a touch of purple and red at the ends.
Colorful rangoli with bird and flowers
This isn’t one of the easiest picks, so you should opt for it with confidence. The design deviates in three different halves and they have different patterns to be drawn as well. Start of with the circular sun-like pattern and then make the floral ones below. You will need to have a significant background inside which you’ll fill in the colors. Make the bird shape at the top of the design, which is also linked to the circular pattern. If the designs get too difficult, you can choose floral patterns which would be easier to do.
Sleek floral rangoli
This design does need expertise, but the good part about sleek rangolis is that you can border and color them easily. When you have big and broad designs, you tend to mess up a little more than compared to a straight and long design. Here, we have two floral patterns facing opposite each other. They are joined with the green ‘V’ shaped design in the middle and has been formed with the white powder. Chalk out the leaves and petals with white and then colors them accordingly. The more colors you can add, the brighter it will look.
Rangoli with diyas
This is an easy and bright rangoli which is apt for diwali. This looks bright with attractive colors and is comparatively quicker to complete too. Chalk out a square base and add black and green colors alternatively for the base. Both the black bases with have flame-like shape which are made with orange. There will be a layer of red to border one side while the interior will hold a layer of black and yellow. Make diyas on the green base and then add the flames for the finishing. You can also surround the design with diyas and put a plate in the middle full of diyas. This completes a perfect diwali rangoli.
Smart and colorful rangoli with flowers
This happens to be the easiest and the best rangoli for beginners. If you want to have a really pretty rangoli but you are not sure about how neat you can make it, you can try a design of this type. Chalk out your base for rangoli and add various colors in different sections. Use your fingers to make shapes and you will get a rangoli of this type. Basically, you don’t fill in the colors in the patterns but have the rest of the area full of them. Make a circular pattern and then form the petals. Add the veins of the flowers and you’re done. When you want to enhance the design, you can opt for difficiult shapes in the same way.
Colorful butterfly rangoli
Choosing butterflies and peacock rangolis are mainly due to the combination of colors you can have with them. For this design you see below, you need to use a white chalk and make the outline. This will help you fill in the colors. There are four layers of the wings and they have been blended in shades of different colors. We see shades of green and blue dominating most of it, while there is a touch of pink in the end. Add yellow and orange for the outer part and make the body purple. Don’t forget the butterfly feelers in white!
Bird and florals patterns with bright colors
This is yet another rangoli with a bird and flowers. You have to outline the patterns with a chalk. The difficulty and beauty will lie in the shades of the colors which make these elements. For example, the big flower in blue has two shades of it and they merge into each other. The tail of the bird has been drawn with yellow and vermilion, and they too merge into each other in a very subtle way. The leaves two have two distinctive shades of green. Make the colors fill in as neat as possible!
Peacock feather rangoli
The feather of a peacock undoubtedly has numerous colors in them. This is also another reason why people love peacocks. Peacock feather is related to Lord Krishna, who always has a feather on his crown. This easy rangoli can be a part of any auspicious event and is actually pretty easy to follow. Chalk out the shape in white and then fill it with green colors. This is mostly like a spill of different colors which will take up the shape of a rangoli. The middle portion should be neatly chalked out for the blue vein and then rounded off till it reached the tips. Fill in with shades of light green, dark green, blue and black to make the design prominent.
Floral shapes and patterns with different colors
This is an easy freehand rangoli which has to be followed layer by layer. You have to create outlines starting from the layers at the cores and then gradually move a step ahead at a time. From the hexagonal shape in the middle to the different floral patterns after that, there is a lot to do with this design. What makes this design really intriguing is the light shade of colors used for all the layers. Make your art bright and light with such color choices blended in one artwork.
Rose and leaves
This is a small and pretty rangoli design which can be easily followed if the outlines are properly placed. Use a small base and try to chalk out the shape of the flower before adding the outline. Once the terroties are marked, you have to add the white outline. You could also opt for black as that would do too. Fill in the shapes of petals and leaves with respective shades and make your design look classy!
Rangoli with colored rice
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If you haven’t tried rangoli with colored rice, get hold of some DIY videos which will let you know how to obtain them. After you have got those have it used into a rangoli pattern. Your rangoli has fewer chances to look messy when they have petals and colored rice used instead of powder colors. Make your own shapes or follow the pattern we have added here!
Floral patterns with green and purple
This is another pretty rangoli design which has to be created with the outline of the flowers. First make the circular patterns from the core and then move upwards. Follow it up with petal-like shapes and then create more petals on the external side. The colors of the external petals are purple and the internal ones are green. Add brighter shades to the core and make it look a little more eye-catchy.