Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

Leaves And Butterflies

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

Hello Everyone! I have been spending a lot of time outside during the winter break, walking amongst the trees near and far and spending time with my camera. I find quite a bit solace and peace there. That in turn prompted me to work on a little project, and then to prepare something I could share with you.

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

 

About ten years ago, I made an embroidery blanket for our kitty Charlie.   Very soon afterwards, it became one of his favourites.  Now, a decade later, it has become a bit threadbare.  During this break, I made a new one for him using the same layout and colors.  It is pretty much an exact replica of his original blanket.

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

 

The only difference between the two is the binding.  Instead of using a blanket stitch again, I used this bramble fabric to bind this one.

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

Download Autumn Leaves

 

I also polished up the leaf drawings I had made for the blanket.  Now they are available in my shop completely free for you to download. 

They are line arts of generous size.  You can resize them to your need and use them for so many projects – scrapbooking, greeting cards, applique, and embroidery, just to name a few.  You can also choose to spend time together colouring them.  

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

these pocket journals handmade by me  are available in my shop

 

I traced the leaves in the nature journal and painted the trio.  I just love those warm colours.  I would very much like to see them made in different shades of green and yellow as new leaves.

 

 

 

Book Drive at Barnes And Noble @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

Every December, my husband and I purchase a set of books at our local Barnes and Noble book store for their yearly book drive for underprivileged children.  Hopefully these books from last December provided the little ones some much-needed escape.

 

Without going too much into my childhood, let’s just say I was glad to have the stars and books as my two constant companions growing up.  I dreamed about escaping to distant worlds whilst lying under the stars.  At other times, I dove into books to shut out the world outside, often wishing I was made of ink and paper.  They are still my escape, my world, my friends and family.

 

 

 

The Girl and Her Cat with Death watercolour painting @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

 

A few months ago,  I finished painting a little blue book about the Girl and Her Cat and about stories themselves.   There are some stories that are so heartbreaking, they would make Death cry.  Seems like we are living through one of those times yet again.  Sitting on his robe, the Girl and Her Cat listen to him and comfort him.

 

 

 

The Girl and Her Cat and butterflies watercolour painting @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

I flat out refuse to read a book where there is no hope.  Not every story has a happily ever after, but there is no living without hope.  After the Girl and Her Cat travelled to the end of the world to see Death, the two of them found something beautiful in the midst of the surrounding darkness.

 

When the war started, the constant thought in my head was how to get books / ebooks to the children who are so afraid and have lost their childhood.  I kept on looking daily until I came across this page on BBC.   I followed the link on Little Toller Books website and promptly donated.  You can find out more about this amazing endeavour at the links above.

 

Our cat Charlie is now dreaming on his new autumn leaves blanket, the leaves I drew from a few I found on the wayside.  Fragile things like leaves and butterflies spark simple childlike joy and hope, and become part of our art and stories.  I hope you will find the Autumn Leaves download helpful and make something beautiful with them.  We need that now more than ever.

 

See you on Wandering Camera linky party on March 31st.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.  Also linking up with Meadow Mist Designs this month.

 

 

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Clapper bridge watercolour painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Little Stories – Unwind

Clapper Bridge Cornwall England watercolour @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

This Little Stories collection is all about finding comfort in everyday things, celebrating them, and unwinding.   Unwinding is a hard word for me.  I tend to reprimand myself for sitting around and doing nothing, but it is so important for any work.   So, when I struggle with focusing and need to unwind, I let my mind wander while letting my hand do some easy work.

This is another set of the daily photos of simple, everyday things I took between Feb. 2020 – Feb. 2021.  They possibly represent my version of unwinding better than I could ever do with words.

 

 

Simple 365 – Set 7

Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions.

 

 

I also created a page with all the previously shared photos from Simple365.  I will add more photos to that page as well, as I share them here.

 

 

Little Memories

 

Old fountain pens 365 photos @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

I learned to play chess from my grandfather.  He and I used to play every night after having dinner together.  If I had too much homework, he would always wait for me so we could spend that time together.  These are his fountain pens.  I love to jot down little thoughts and notes with them.  My love for printing and book making is a credit to him.

 

 

A Little Story

 

Knitted cat @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

 

Mr. Nigel Forsythe Castleton is the proprietor of the Lost Pages Bookstore. Owing to the bookstore being in a very old stone building, it is very drafty and cold, even on the warmest of days. Mr. Castleton loves nothing more than to spend his days in the bookstore, but the poor thing is always very cold even though he is made of wool. Luckily, the bookstore has a wonderfully big fireplace, where he keeps a fire going at all times. He pours himself a glass of ginger wine and sits by the fireplace, perusing those lost pages.

This time he is visiting his friend who also has an antiquities book shop full of books of magic and alchemy.  He loves the old city of York, so he has decided to spend some time there.

I have knitted and introduced Mr. Castleton before, but if you are new here and don’t know him, he is a very gentle fellow who loves  all things books.

 

 

A Not So Little Celebration

 

Charlie's Birthday watercolour @ inktorrents.com by soma

 

Winter is a celebratory season at our home with tons of birthdays, starting with Charlie.  He celebrated his 18th birthday very recently.  Even though he is not allowed, he loves to sneak in sweets made of dairy.  For his birthday, he got a special treat – a very sizeable portion of cheesecake.  

He was looking up at my husband to sit with him while he enjoyed his birthday cake.  They have a very special bond.  Although Charlie is a perpetual kitten, I thought I paint this dignified version of him for my husband.

 

 

Little Journals

 

Handbound journals @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

Growing up as an only child, I have always lived most of my days in the worlds of stories and books. 

Hand-binding books for those stories while listening to an audio-book is one of my favourite ways to unwind while staying mildly focused.   This moss green journal was the very first 3″ x 4″  journal I made for myself with a special drawing theme in mind.  I look forward to starting on that soon. 

(handbound by me pocket journals are available in my shop)

 

 

Girl And Her Cat – Wandering Pages

 

I painted the Girl and Her Cat stories in little 2″ x 3″ books.    This is the last set of paintings from the the Girl And Her Cat – Wandering Pages book. 

Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures and read about their wanderings –

 

 

You can see the full Wandering Pages book here.

 

The Girl and Her Cat decided to become lost in the mist for a while, visiting the land of the snowy owls.  It is also time for me to go on my winter hiatus.  I wish you the most magical holidays with lots of rest.

 

Thank you so much for being here with me and for your most lovely and encouraging words.   I will be back around March.

See you then,
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.

 

 

P.S.  The Ink Torrents Graphics shop remains open.  I will continue to mail orders, as always.  You can also purchase  quilting patterns, which you can access immediately via Instant Download. I will also be available via email.  Thank you for continuing to shop from my store.

 

 

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