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Batik Artist in the Netherlands | Shuen-Li Spirit

Singaporean-born and Netherlands-based, Shuen-Li is a contemporary Batik artist and Art educator. She is an active member of the Batik Guild and the Nationale Associatie voor Beeldend Kunstenaars (National Association of Fine Artists). With a master's degree in visual arts education, Shuen-Li enjoys inspiring children and adults alike with the magic of Batik painting, and being inspired by their artistic expressions in return. She demonstrates how she draws in molten wax with her tjantings in her YouTube channel - Art for the Gentle Spirit.

Tjanting | Canting | Batik Tools | Batik Artist Shuen-Li Spirit

these tools are called tjantings, which are handed down to Shuen-li from her talented mother. They are used in the technique of creating batik paintings.

Hand-drawn Batik on cotton as part of an art installation ~
exhibited in Singapore as a graduating student of @ntu_sg in 2003.
Growing up with breakfasts served on banana leaves, it still feels strange to eat from ceramic plates till today. This artwork reconnects me with my colourful inner child. 🌈💫
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#artexhibition #galleryart #installationart #batikart #batikpaintings #colourfulart #paintings #petals #rainbow #peranakanart #marblingart #fluidartist #leafart #batikartist #kamponglife #artcuratorship #artforthegentlespirit
Honoured to be a Permanent Resident of the Netherlands,
after 5 years of life-changing experiences.
When i first arrived here, I had no idea what to do with my life.
I started out working at an animal farm and petsitting cats and dogs.
This led to public interests in my pet portraits and art workshops for children. Teaching Batik, while petsitting countless dogs throughout the years, became my most valued service.
Today I embrace expansion
and new opportunities,
because
I am ready.
☆ #batikcushions hand-made by my students in #Houten. ☆
I will stop posting on my IG for now, 
to have more time for ~
my batik classes, my @patreon & @youtube channel, writing my children’s book & research paper,
and creating a #batikpainting,
that will take me at least 6 - 8 months to complete it. 🥰
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I wish you all the very best!
Life is short.
Do the things that matter to you.
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#batikartists #cushioncovers #diycushions #batiking #handpaintedcushions
#handdrawnart #batikart #handpaintedcushion #homemadecushions #catpainting
#jeugdpassportencultuur #kussensloop #artforthegentlespirit #shuenlispirit #batikclass #catpainting #catdrawing #catartwork #petportraitart #artforkids #catcushions #catillustrations
Ron, my husband, is a physicist, and a new member of @thebatikguild.
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So if you’re trying to sell your exceptional work, look beyond your circle, and show what value your work can bring.
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#arteducation #creatives #batikartists #seriouslycreative #creativescientist #artforthegentlespirit #kunstenaar #creativeprofessional #artcollectors
#batikguild #dutchartist #artmagazines
Batik on unbleached cotton
Inspired by #camellias in our garden. 🥰 
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#batikartist #batikpainting #camelia #botanicalarts #camellia #camelliaart #camelliapainting #springflorals #camelliaflower #floralpainting #gardenart #artforthegentlespirit #flowerartist #floralarthub #floralart #floralillustration #floraldrawing #gardenarts #gardenartwork #floralsyourway #flowerillustration #natureinspired #colour_collective
At my Batik class

As a teacher, I am always growing with new experiences ~through my clients, my students, and even other teachers, like @rosirobinsonbatik, who will be holding a 2-day Batik workshop in West Sussex on 30 & 31st October 2021. Ron & I will be there!
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#batikartist #batikpainting
#rosirobinson #shuenlispirit
#artforthegentlespirit #batikart
#floralpainting #batikclass
#workinprogress #floralarthub
#batikinprogress #botanicalarts
Grateful for the Dutch radio interview at @omroephouten by Tassy on 14 April 2021, thanks to @hirokomatsushita for the surprise invitation!
I talked about my batik work, how I became part of @thebatikguild, my life as an expat in the Netherlands, how I met Ron, and shared our dear friend @gusteja_official’s music, which was used in my Balinese dance performance at the @cultuurnacht 2019.
Audio link in my bio.
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Coming up:
My Batik kids classes
& more flower paintings 
from our garden.
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#batikartist #radiointerview #omroephouten #batikguild #gustejamusic #artistinterview #artforthegentlespirit #expatlife #kunstenaar #dutchradio #houten #batikpainting #fluidartist
Batik on cotton
Hand-drawn with beeswax
See YOUTUBE for step-by-step process ~ Art for the Gentle Spirit.

#daffodils🌼 #daffodilflower #daffodil #floralpainting #floralarthub #floralinspired #daffodilpainting #floralart #daffodilart #batikart #batikartist #flowerillustration #flowerpainting #artforthegentlespirit #batikpainting #tjanting #batikflower #floralillustration #botanicalillustration
Batik illustration
ENERGY — 2nd prompt of the @ourplanetweek challenge.
One illustration = one tree planted by @onetreeplanted! 🌱(Tags required: #ourplanetweek #onetreeplanted #letsdrawthechange)
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The Crocus flower can be so fragile and beautiful, yet like many plants, holds the potential for generating energy in the form of electricity. How is that possible? 
Welcome to the Plant-e company whose technology is designed in the Netherlands. During photosynthesis, sunlight is absorbed by the leaves, which together with carbon dioxide and water, produces food for the plant in the form of sugar. As the plant grows, excess sugar stored in its roots is excreted into the soil. There the sugar is broken down by the surrounding bacteria, thereby releasing electrons that are subsequently harnessed by Plant-e’s technology, leading to the production of electricity.
Want to see more of their projects? Check out www.plant-e.com
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#crocus #crocusart #floralart
#crocuspainting #floralpainting
#batikpainting #illustrationartist
#flowerartist #flowerpainting
#botanicalillustration #flowerart
#springfloral #botanicalarts
#greenelectricity #batikartist
#planttechnology #batikart
#floralillustration #floralarthub
#illustrationchallenge
#netherlands #floraldrawing
#tjanting #batikpaintings
#plantenergy #greenenergy
Batik #illustration
PROTECT ~ First prompt of the @ourplanetweek challenge. One illustration = one tree planted by @onetreeplanted! 🌱(Tags required: #ourplanetweek #onetreeplanted #letsdrawthechange)
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As a patron of the @savoryinstitute,
I believe that holistic herd management can help minimise desertification, encourage more plant growth, more carbon capture, resulting in less greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, hence reducing climate change.
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#protectfarmers
#sacredcow #batikartist
#batikart #batikpainting
#carboncapture #savouryinstitute
#holisticmanagement
#contemporarybatik #artworksforchange
#illustrationartist #illustrationchallenge
#desertification #climatechange
#plannedgrazing #herdmanagement
#livestockart #cow #cowart
#cowpainting #cowdrawing
With profound gratitude to @rosirobinsonbatik 
for persuading me to join #thebatikguild,
and feature my heart-written poem 
in @thebatikguild newsletter of March 2021, that has been
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New Batik works are in progress 
as I prepare for the Batik Guild’s 35th anniversary exhibition in Florida.
Reach out to @rosirobinsonbatik if you’re keen to join us!
MAP OF INDONESIA 🇮🇩 to honour my Chinese-Malay-Indonesian roots.
Hand-drawn Batik Painting
For Sale —> Link in bio.
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#batikart
#batikartist
#batikpainting
#contemporarybatik
#abstractmap
#abstractartwork
#mapartist
#mapart
#mappainting
#interiorart
#mapdesign
#indonesianmap
#mapofindonesia
#fluidartist
#fluidpainting
#artforthegentlespirit
#mapillustration
#natureinspiredart
#creativelife
Batik Map in Progress
supervised by @totoro_mundi .
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#batikartist #batikpainting #detailedart #seapainting #fluidartwork #batikart #contemporarybatik #handdrawnart
LILLY of @lillylolathe 
#fabercastell Pastels
Art Process in YouTube
~ Art For The Gentle Spirit.
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#dogart
#dogartist
#dogartwork
#pastelartist
#petportrait
#dogportrait
#pomeranian
#dogpainting
#petdrawing
#realisticdrawing
#pastelpencils
#pastelperfect
#petportraitartist
#pomeranianlovers
#artforthegentlespirit
#art_we_inspire
BLESSED to have my #Batikart featured in the Jaarboek Kunstenaars 2021. 
Let me know if you’d like to have a copy of this book.😉

In the meantime, I am writing a research paper and doing pastel commissions, so I will be spending less time on social media, except for my YouTube channel #artforthegentlespirit and of course, my baby’s IG @totoro_mundi 🐱
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🌿Scarf from designer @inge_aryani .
Batik Portrait of my cat, Totoro.
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I have received feedback from viewers that they would like to see more of my cat than my art. 😄
So I decided to set up an IG account just for Totoro.
Any suggestions for the name of her profile?
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#batikartist
#catmom
#catportrait
#catillustration
#catpainting
#catportraitart
#batikart
#batikpainting
#artforthegentlespirit
The Year of the Ox begins on 12th February 2021. 
This Lunar New Year promises rewards for our strength, patience and confidence in our abilities to lead a creative and meaningful life.💫✨
I will run a DIY Batik cushion workshop everyday from 12-2-21 till 26-2-21.
Email me for details.
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#cny2021
#batikpaintings
#batikartist
#batikart
#chinesenewyear
#chinesezodiacart
#oxart
#oxpainting
#bullart
#bullpainting
#handmadeart
#handdrawnart
#abstractpainting
#cushioncover
#artworkshops
#yearoftheox
#netherlands 
#牛轉乾坤
#蜡染艺术
#artforthegentlespirit
I created a portrait of a friend of mine
who is gifted with a beautiful voice
and dares to shine.
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Happy belated birthday @erica_gh !
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Medium: ink, #papercollage 
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#mixedmedia
#papercollageart 
#drawing
#femaleportrait
#creativewomen
#markerillustrations
#inkillustration
#portraitdrawing
#markerportrait 
#popsurrealisticart 
#lifewithcats
#artistlife
#artforthegentlespirit
#markerportraits 
#papercollageportrait
My last #Batik class in December
marked a memorable end to 2020
and an inspiring start to 2021. 🌈✧
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#batikartists
#abstractpaintings
#contemporarybatik
#batikpaintings
#animalillustrations
#kidsillustrations
#batikart
#dolphinart
#dolphinpainting
#artforthegentlespirit 
#floralpainting
#dogpainting
#bassethoundart
#bearart
#bearpainting
#houten
Original custom-made design drawn in beeswax for my clients to paint on. 
28-12-2020
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Taking Custom Order requests
as of February 2021.
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#owls
#batikbirds
#owlpainting
#owlart
#owldrawings
#woodlandanimals
#batikpainting
#batikartist
#abstractowl
#owlabstract
#owldesign
#owlportraits
#artformothers
#artforfamilies
#netherlands
#shuenlispirit
#customartwork
#artforthegentlespirit
They spent 2 long days #batiking with me. 
Poured their hearts into what could be
the greatest art of my Batik beginners -
Jaela and Annemarie.
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#batikpaintings
#batikartists
#abstractartists
#abstractpaintings
#yogiart
#utrecht
#denhelder 
#octopusart 
#seaart
#batikart
#colourfulart
#artforthegentlespirit
SELF-PORTRAIT
Hand-drawn Batik
on unbleached cotton
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The most important thing 
is to hold on, hold out, 
for your creative life,
for your solitude,
for your time to be and do,
for your very life;
Hold on, for the promise 
from the wild nature is this:
after winter,
spring always comes.

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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#artforthegentlespirit
#batikpainting
#batikartist
#creativewomen
#womenwhorunwiththewolves
#clarissapinkolaestes
#selfportrait
#contemporarybatik
#batikart
#batikportrait
#abstractpainting
#femaleartists
#realisticart
#artforthesoul
#houten
#netherlands
#humanportrait
#portraitdrawing
#portraitpainting
#shuenlispirit
11 more days till Christmas,
11 more (M) #tjantings for sale.
Send me an email to place your order,
So they can arrive to you by mail.☆

Get in touch

Address

Eggeveld 45
3993GD Houten
The Netherlands

De Nationale Associatie voor Beeldend Kunstenaars | NABK
@artforthegentlespirit | Instagram
ART FOR THE GENTLE SPIRIT | YouTube
Shuen-Li Spirit | Batik Guild

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