Tangling Rangoli Style – Part 1

A fun way to tangle is using the ancient art of Rangoli Pattern design (more info at Wikipedia).

Rangoli is an art form, originating in the Indian subcontinent. Patterns are created on the floor using natural materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. Rangoli is usually made during festivals and celebrations. Designs can be classified into Dot Rangoli Design, Flower Rangoli Design, freehand Rangoli design, Ganesh Rangoli and many more.
The purpose of rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck.

Rangoli designs can be simple geometric shapes, flower and petal shapes, or deity impressions.

This week we will adopt this artform to Creative Pattern Tangling.

Rangoli patterns are often created by starting with a dot grid. Here are some Regular Dot Grid examples:

Rangoli Grids

And here are some Alternate Dot Grid examples:

Rangoli Alternate Dot Grid

In Rangoli style tangling, you either connect shapes to the dots, or you loop around the dots. Here is an example:

Rangoli Basic

Rangoli Example

Apply any of the CPT techniques to the design and have fun getting creative!

Here is an example of how I applied various CPT Techniques to the pattern Nelli Kolam:

Nelli Kolam by Ina SonnenmoserNelli Kolam after CPT

Nelli Kolam before and after CPT
Nelli Kolam before and after CPT

To see a list and explanation of the various CPT Techniques, click here.

Some might like to draw patterns Rangoli style and find it easier to tangle this way. Here is an example:

In-N-Out Folded by Diana E. Marshall IN-N-Out Rangoli by Ina Sonnenmoser inspired by Diana Marshall

Our team of pattern designers created some Rangoli Style patterns to trigger your creativity. We also added a new section dedicated to Rangoli inspired patterns.

Boardgame by Ina Sonnenmoser Cloudwheel by Silke Wagner IN-N-Out Rangoli by Ina Sonnenmoser inspired by Diana Marshall Irish Kolam Kolam Bow by Ina Sonnenmoser Nelli Kolam by Ina Sonnenmoser Rangoflow by Silke Wagner Rangoli Butterfly by Silke Wagner Rangoli Flower by Lisa Jane Rangoli Kaleidoscoop by Sylvia Heijenrath Rangoli Rainbow by Sylvia Heijenrath Rangolia by Silke Wagner


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