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These boys soil their shirts at school lunch so they can save mom’s amazing daily napkin art

Sculptor Nina Levy began sketching drawings with a black Sharpie on her son Archer’s nursery school lunch napkins in September 2006. It didn’t take long before she ventured beyond just a black Sharpie…

Around 11 PM at Our House

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Eight years later, the sculptor from Brooklyn is still drawing on napkins for her sons Archer, now 11, and 7-year-old Ansel. Incredibly, she’s maintained this work of love every single day over the entire eight years.

Nina spends 1-2 hours each night on her drawings, taking inspiration from what her boys tell her they’d like to see when they go to bed. She eventually started a blog and Facebook page where she’s shared over 900 napkins online, but the hard copies are the property of her sons, who frequently save them. The young boys admit to using paper towels at school or just wiping their hands on their shirts to preserve their mom’s amazing work on the napkins.

Each napkin comes with a fun and inspiring message from Nina to her sons along with the drawings that range from soft and delicate to stronger themes that led one teacher to ask the artist to tone down her napkins.

We’ve included a few of Nina’s amazing works here, but be sure to check out her blog for more napkin drawings every day…

Fox with a Fish

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Kitty Water Gun Sniper

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Superman and Batman Observe Gay Pride Month

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Fluffy Longboards an Icelandic Highway

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Happy Thanksgivukkah from the Menorah Turkey

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Hiccup’s Father, Stoick’s Dragon, “Skullcrusher”

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Skateboarding Dog

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The Spring Cherry Blossom Themed Dragon

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Octobear and Sharktopus

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Winner of the TUACA Napkin Art Competition (not for the kids)

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Loris with a Strawberry

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Archer and a Character

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Kitty with a Flamethrower

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Cherry Blossoms with Cat and Bird

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The Artist, Nina Levy

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The Kids, Archer and Ansel

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One response to “These boys soil their shirts at school lunch so they can save mom’s amazing daily napkin art”

  1. Laura says:

    Refreshing change from those bento lunchbox photos posted on instagram. What an awesome mom! Lucky boys