Sunday, December 16, 2012


Well, I almost forgot about inchies this week, what with Christmas and all.

And this week's theme wasn't the easiest. 
But there is a cute little story behind what I finally decided as my interpretation:


Toronto's major access route from the suburbs to downtown and back, is the Don Valley Parkway.  Running along the side of the Parkway at a certain point -- and you can only see it if you are going northbound -- is a pedestrian underpass for people wishing to enjoy the adjoining parkland..

Back in 1972, a 16 year-old, Berg Johnson from Norway, got the great idea to paint a rainbow around the outside of the tunnel to bring some cheer to commuters heading home from work at the end of the day, especially if they were stuck in rush hour on what is facetiously often called the Don Valley Parking Lot. 

Parks Departments being what they are, they immediately painted over Johnson's rainbow. But he persevered and each time they painted over it, he repainted it -- 40 times! --  eventually winning them over. It was quite a daunting task to paint the rainbow. There is what was thought at the time to be an unused CN rail track running above the tunnel. Johnson was hanging upside down from a rope attached to the rails in order to paint the tunnel when a train whizzed by, slicing the rope and sending him down the embankment where he suffered a broken leg. He used a ladder for the next 39 times!

Various people have tried to restore the deterioration that has taken place over the years, but only recently has the city decided to restore the landmark so familiar to Torontonians. The $20,000 two-phase project will turn the entire tunnel into public art, with the help of local youth. It only took them 40 years (there's that number again, AJ and snafu) to come to their senses!

This is what it looked like at its worst....


...and at its best:

I am sure there will be some fascinating rainbow inchies here this week. Why not pop over and take a look!

Friday, December 14, 2012

So Much Fun!

It took a few weeks to complete this one, but I must say it was so easy, and so relaxing....especially after a long day of Christmas shopping, for example.

One of the greatest assets to this form of art is that it is SO forgiving. I made a major mistake with this one, but unless you look really carefully you probably won't discover it. 

You'll see plenty of minor mistakes, though....
but it doesn't matter, because the overall effect of the end result is so pleasing -- to me, anyway!

I'm ready to start another one. It's great just to be able to pick it up and put it down at will...although I must admit I am not so quick to put it down, as I am always ready for the next stage, and wanting to see how it will turn out. 

I've  purchased some Pigma Micron coloured pens which I am anxious to try out, but I don't think you will see anything posted here until after the New Year now!

Hope YOU have a very happy Christmas, however you celebrate.  
At my house, Jesus, the Saviour, is the reason for our celebrations!

Monday, December 10, 2012


You know it's almost Christmas when..... fall behind in just about everything that needs to be done.

And that covers inchies, too...but at least I am only almost a day behind with it.

This week's theme is 

Unfortunately, this idea was not original with me, but I thought it was so clever, 
I just had to draw it!

There are some terrific interpretations of 'music' here

I have made my sister's (flamblogger) my favourite this week - such a great idea and interpretation!

Only 3 Inchie Mondays left in 2012!
Next week's theme is rainbow...gonna have a hard time being original with that one!

Monday, December 3, 2012


Although we had a wonderful vacation together, unlike ChrisJ, I opted to wait until I returned home to post this week's and the previous two weeks' inchies.

So here they are:

November 19th - accessory

A zentangled purse!

November 26th - air

 Air Canada - which took me safely half-way to Kauai, and back again! (because the closest they get is Los Angeles. United did the rest of the journey)

and finally:

December 3rd - magic

Being ever so humble, my rabbit decided not to upstage that other
rabbit-in-the-hat (which you can find among other magic inchies, here), and stay inside his hat.

He will only come out when he hears the magic word...'s "carrot"