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Everything you need to know about vegan & cruelty free art supplies - Part 1

Whether you’re an artist who has just went vegan, or a vegan who wants to start creating art, you might be wondering how on earth you are going to find out which art supplies are suitable for vegans. After all, it’s not something that most art supply manufacturers consider, as many paints, brushes and canvases do traditionally contain animal products. It can be difficult to find out which products are vegan, as a lot of manufacturers aren’t even 100% sure themselves! I have contacted some companies myself and done a lot of research online to make life easier for other vegan artists. Even if you are not vegan, you will no doubt agree that it’s preferable to choose the cruelty free option if available. Especially when you can still get the same beautiful results using the vegan friendly options.


Below is a list covering everything I have found (so far!) that is free from animal products and animal testing. I will continue to update this list over time but if there’s anything I’ve missed, please let me know and I will add it below!


Although I have compiled this information to the best of my knowledge, it's always worthwhile contacting companies yourself if something is not listed explicitly as vegan. This way the companies will realise there is in fact a demand for cruelty free options, and they will look further into the supply chain and hopefully increase the range of vegan friendly supplies! Also, it’s always good to get people thinking about veganism! Remember to check out Part 2 here where I will cover what animal derivatives are commonly found in art supplies, and why we should avoid using these products.


Please note, this specific blog post is best viewed on a laptop/desktop computer, the list is long and you can't skip to sections unless you search the titles below using CTRL+F (Sorry - I am working on it!)


Sections:

Acrylic Paint

Adhesives & Glue

Binders

Brushes

Canvas & Paper

Chalk

Charcoal

Clay

Crayons

Gesso

Gouache

Ink

Masking Fluid

Mediums

Model Paint

Oil Paint

Pastels

Pens & Markers

Pencils & Graphite

Pigments

Poster Paint

Sizing

Tape

Watercolour Paint

Varnishes + Fixatives

Miscellaneous


Vegan-friendly Art Supplies:


Acrylic Paint


Amsterdam:

Acrylic Standard Series


Blick:

Artists Acrylic Paint (all vegan except Ivory Black)


Caran d’Ache:

Acrylic


C.Kreul:

Solo Goya Acrylic Paints

Solo Goya Art Acryl Basic


Daler-Rowney:

Cryla and Cryla Flow (except Ivory Black)

Graduate Colours

System 3 (except Raw Sienna)

Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Ink


Decoart Inc.:

Acrylic paint


Grumbacher:

Academy Acrylic (except colours containing PBk9)


Liquitex:

Heavy Body Acrylic (except Ivory Black)

Soft Body Acrylic (except Ivory Black)


Schmincke:

Aero Color Professional

Akademie Acryl Color

College Acrylic

PRIMAcryl (except Ivory Black)


Ultrecht:

Acrylic (except Ivory Black)


Winsor & Newton:

Artists’ Finity Acrylic Colour (except Ivory Black & Payne’s Gray)

Galeria Acrylic Colour (except Ivory Black & Payne’s Gray)


Adhesives & Glue


C.Kreul:

Hobby Line Art Potch

Hobby Line Gemstone Glue

Javana Textil Potch


Gorilla Glue


Iglu


JudiKins:

Diamond Glaze


Modge Podge:

Adhesives


Uhu:

All products


Weldbond:

Universal Adhesive


Binders


Natural Earth Paint:

Gum Arabic Powder


Brushes


Colors of Nature:

Faux Squirrel Brushes


Daler-Rowney:

Dalon and Cryla

Series 260, 270 & 280


Da Vinci:

Casaneo Watercolour brushes

College/Forte Acrylics

Cosmotop series 5040

Cosmotop spin

Effect Brushes & Pipe Overgrainers

Forte Basic

Forte Synthetic

Grigio Synthetics

Impasto Top Acryl II

Junior Synthetics

Manolino

Nova Synthetics

Paint-finger

Primo Synthetics

Top Acryl

Vario Tip


Jackson Studio:

Synthetic Watercolour Brushes

Akoya

Raven

Hinku

Procryl

Onyx


Princeton:

All synthetic brushes


Raphael Kaerall:

Synthetic sable


Royal & Langnickel:

Gold Vegan Synthetic Range

Menta Series


Winsor & Newton:

All brushes (except Artists’ Hog, Azanta Hog, Cirrus Kolinsky Sable, Designers’ Sable, Goat Hair Mop Brushes, Pony & Goat Hair Mop Brushes, Pure Squirrel Pointed Wash Brushes, Sceptre Gold II, Series 3A, Series 7, Series 7 Miniature, Series 16, Winton Hog)


Canvas & Paper


Blick:

Premier Artist Canvas


Bockingford:

Watercolour paper


Canson:

Moulin du Roy Watercolour Paper

XL Series - All paper


Clairefontaine:

Pastelmat papers and pads


Colors of Nature:

All products


Daler-Rowney:

All canvas and paper (except Saunders Waterford Paper)


Fabriano:

All paper (except Roma, Esportazoine & Secolo XIII)


Hahnemuhle:

All fine art paper, technical paper and canvas (except Photo Silk Baryta and PastellFix)


Natural Earth Paint:

Raw Cotton Canvas


Strathmore:

All papers (except 500 Series Gemini Watercolour Paper)


Winsor & Newton:

Cotton Canvas and all Watercolour Papers (except Artists’ Watercolour Paper, Saunder’s Watercolour Paper & Cotman Watercolour Paper)


Chalk


Chalk City


Okonorm Natural Pavement Chalk


S&S Worldwide


Wee Can Too:

Veggie Sidewalk Chalk


Charcoal


Derwent:

Charcoal Pencils

Charcoal XL Blocks


Nitram Arts:

Fine Art Charcoal


Winsor & Newton:

Vine and Willow Charcoal


Clay


Kato Polyclay:

Polymer Clay


Polyform:

Sculpey glazes & liquid clay softener


Van Aken:

Katocla

Claytoon

Protolina

Sculpto

Plastalina


Crayons


Colors of Nature:

Crayons


Lyra:

Lyra Groove Triple 1 (3 in 1 Crayon)


Wee Can Too:

Veggie Baby Crayons


WHSmith:

97932 Chunky Crayons

31199636 85 Crayon Tub


Wilko

Wilko Chubby Wax Crayons

100 Wilko Wax Crayons


Gesso


Golden:

GAC 100 Acrylic Polymer


Natural Earth Paint:

Eco Gesso Kit


Gouache


Caran d’Ache:

Gouache


Daler-Rowney:

Designer’s Gouache (except Cool Grey 1, 2 & 3, Lamp Black, Neutral Grey 2, Paynes Grey, and Warm Grey 1, 2 & 3.


Pebeo:

Studio Gouache

T7 Extra Fine Gouache (except Black Lake 13, Burnt Umber 102, Chartreuse 302, Payne’s Grey 231, Raw Umber 103, Sepia 106, Velvet Brown 300 & Warm Grey 206)


Schmincke:

Akademie Gouache


Winsor & Newton:

Designers Gouache (except Bengal Rose, Burnt Umber, Flame Red, Grenadine, Intense Blue, Ivory Black, Lamp Black, Linden Green, Primary Blue, Prussian Blue, Purple Lake, Raw Sienna, Sky Blue, Spectrum Yellow, Spectrum Violet, Winsor Green)


Ink


Daler-Rowney:

F.W. Artists Ink