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The Art of The Dot
Anna Laine

LOM Art (Michael O’Mara Books)
4 May 2017/ ISBN 9781910552728
How-To Books/Art

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


In parts of South India and Sri Lanka, Tamil women have created beautiful patterns in front of their houses for centuries. Before sunrise and sunset they create a grid of dots and connect them by drawing patterns in rice powder as an offering to Hindu deities. This is the ancient art of Kolam, and in this book you can discover how to do it for yourself.

There is a strong interest in coloring and dot-to-dot patterns at the moment, and many people have discovered how relaxing this type of activity can be. You don’t have to be able to draw to create some beautiful patterns using the simple projects in this book, which is handily divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced projects. This is the type of book that you can actually draw in, so ideal to take on vacation. The author suggests first following the instructions in pencil, and then going over it in pen, or using colors. Each design has several stages to follow where each new part is added in a different color for clarity. Beginner and intermediate kolam have two grids for practice; the advanced section only has one each. Grids come in different shapes and sizes, from squares to stars, and the covers show some finished colored designs. It would be interesting to be able to see some of the Tamil women’s own kolam, but this is not that type of book. In a market full of books to color in, this gives the colorist a chance to draw the design first. It’s absorbing, relaxing and a lot of fun, as well as being totally original.

If you cannot find a good range of art materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2017