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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

Pearlescent liquid acrylic inks


Faber-Castell:

TG1 Drawing Ink


Koh-I-Nor:

Transmix Media Inks (9065)

Special Ink (9066)


Speedball:

Super Pigmented Acrylic Ink


Winsor & Newton:

Calligraphy Inks


Masking Fluid


Talens:

Liquid Masking Film


Da Vinci:

Masking Fluid


Mediums


Da Vinci:

Gum Arabic

Iridescent Watercolour Medium

Watercolor Medium


Grumbacher:

Acrylic Mediums

Watercolour Mediums


Liquitex:

All Mediums


Natural Earth Paint:

Impasto Medium


QoR:

Lift Aid

Synthetic Ox Gall

Watercolour Medium


Model Paint


Coat d’Arms:

All model paint


Formula P3:

All model paint


MSP Paints:

All model paint


Oil Paint


Colors of Nature:

All products


Daler-Rowney:

Artist Oil Range (except Blue Black and Ivory Black)

Georgian Oil Colours (except Coeruleum Hue, Ivory Black & Prussian Green)


M. Graham:

Oil Paint (except Lamp Black, Ivory Black, Olive Green, Payne’s Gray, Sap Green & Van Dyke Brown)


Natural Earth Paint:

The Earth OIl Paint Kit


Pebeo:

Fine Studio XL Oil (except Raw Umber 29 & Van Dyck Brown 30)

Huile d’Art Super Fine Oil (except Ivory Black 126, Sepia 162 & Van Dyck Brown 160)

Oil Auxillaries


Schmincke:

Series 31 College Oil

Series 41 Akademie Oil Color


Wilko:

Oil Paint 12 x 12ml


Winsor & Newton:

Artisan Water Mixable Oil (except Ivory Black)

Artists’ Oil (except Blue Black, Carmine & Ivory Black)

Artists’ Oil Bars (except Ivory Black & Payne’s Gray)

Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil (except Ivory Black)


Pastels


Caran d’Ache:

Neopastel Oil Pastels

Neocolor II Water-Soluble Wax Pastels


Colorfin:

Soft Pastels


Colors of Nature:

All products


Derwent:

Pastel Pencils


Pentel:

Oil pastels


Reeves:

Soft Pastels


Schmincke:

Series 17 Pastels (except Black 099 D)


Winsor & Newton:

Artists’ Soft Pastels


Pens & Markers


Caran d’Ache:

Fibre Pens

Kreul Pic Tixx Pens (except Pic Tixx Candle Pens)


Chameleon:

All pens


Delta Markers:

Alcohol markers


Ecoline:

Ecoline Brush Pens


Edding:

Markers & Highlighter Pens


Faber-Castell:

All pens


Lyra:

Lyra Hi-Quality Art Pens

Lyra Aqua Brush Duo


Mozart:

Dual Brush Pens


Mitsubishi Pencil Company:

Uni-ball

Posca Pens


Newell Rubbermaid:

Parker Pens

Prismacolour


Tombow Pens:

All pens


Speedball:

Pen cleaner


Zebra:

All pens (except markers)


Pencils & Graphite


Caran d’Ache:

Luminance 6901

Museum Aquarelle

Prismalo Water-Soluble Pencils

Supracolor Soft

Swisscolor/Fancolor Water-Soluble Pencils


Colors of Nature:

All products


Derwent:

Aquatone Pencils

Coloursoft Pencils

Metallic Pencils

Pastel Pencils

Graphite Blocks & XL Blocks

Graphitint Pencils

Graphitone Pencils


Faber-Castell:

All pencils


Wilko:

Wilko Colouring Pencils x 50

Watercolour Pencils in tin case


Pigments


Colors of Nature

All products


Natural Earth:

Bulk Earth Pigments

Natural Pigments


Ranger Ink:

Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders


Schmincke:

Series 18 Pigments (except Ivory Black)


Winsor & Newton:

Artists’ Pigment (Dry Ground) (except Ivory Black)


Poster Paint


Pebeo:

Brillo Glossy Poster Paint


Van Aken:

Jazz Paints


Winsor & Newton:

Poster Paint


Sizing


Gamblin:

PVA Size


Tape


ChartPak:

All Graphic Tapes


Duck Tape


Gorilla Tape


IPG:

Kraft Paper Tape


Sellotape


WHSmith:

Adhesive Tape


Watercolour Paint


Colors of Nature:

All products


Daniel Smith:

Extra Fine Watercolors (except Sepia, Ivory Black & Payne’s Grey)


Da Vinci:

Artists’ Permanent Watercolours (except Davy’s Gray, Ivory Black, Lamp Black, Payne’s Gray & Sepia)


Dr. Ph Martin:

Hydrus Fine Art Watercolour


Finetec:

Mica Pigment Pearl Watercolour


Grumbacher:

Academy Watercolours (except Cerulean Blue Hue A039, Davy’s Gray A064, Hooker’s Green Light Hue A107 & Ivory Black A115)


Kuretake:

Gansai Tambi Watercolours - All vegan and my absolute favourite!


Royal Talens:

Rembrant Watercolours (except Lamp Black 702)


Schmincke:

Akademie Aquarell


Winsor & Newton:

Cotman Watercolours (except Ivory Black, Raw Umber & Veridian Hue)


Varnishes + Fixatives


C.Kreul:

Hobby Line Acrylic Gloss, Satin & Matt Varnish

Hobby Line Art Potch Varnish

Solo Goya Glossy Varnish

Solo Goya Matt Varnish

Solo Goya Fixative


Miscellaneous


Epson:

All printing paper and ink, including Ultrachrome HD Ink


Sources used: The Vegan Womble, Double Check Vegan, Jackson’s Art Supplies - check out these pages there’s some more really useful information!


Thanks for enduring this long post haha!


Sara x



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