Vegan Friendly Art Supplies

Vegan Friendly Art Supplies

Free of Animal Components


Watercolor

Vegan Friendly (free of animal components):

  • All Daniel Smith watercolors except for Sepia, Ivory Black, and Payne’s Gray (contain the pigment pBK9 created from charred bones of cows).
  • All Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours except for Viridian Hue, Raw Umber, Ivory Black
  • All Holbein Watercolor except for Ivory Black
  • All Holbein PAN Watercolor except for Ivory Black

NOT vegan friendly (contains animal components):

  • Winsor & Newton Artists’ Water Colour – the complete range
  • Certain products in the Derwent Artist, Studio and Watercolour are not free from animal products (they did not specify which)

Watercolor Paper

Vegan Friendly (free of animal components):

  • Legion Stonehenge Aqua Watercolor Paper (which BTW got great reviews by Steve Mitchell here)
  • All Strathmore Watercolor Paper except for Gemini
  • All Fabriano papers except for: Roma, Esportazione and Secolo XIII
  • Canson Montval range and Canson Heritage range
  • St Cuthberts Mill Bockingford
  • Winsor & Newton Bockingford

NOT vegan friendly (contains animal components):

  • St Cuthbert’s Mill Saunders Waterford (contains gelatin)
  • Arches (contains gelatin)
  • Winsor & Newton Artists’ Water Colour Paper, Saunder’s Waterford Paper, Cotman Water Colour Paper

Sketchbooks and Paper

Vegan Friendly (free of animal components):

  • All Hahnemuehle FineArt paper and canvas except for the coating of Photo Silk Baryta and PastellFix
  • Canson XL Mix Media

NOT vegan friendly (contains animal components):

  • Stillman & Birn sketchbooks (the glue used in the binding contains animal based glue)
  • Moleskine sketchbooks (they cannot guarantee that the sizing in their paper does not contain gelatin)
  • Khadi paper (the sizing contains gelatin)

Acrylic Paint

Vegan Friendly (free of animal components):

  • All Liquitex products except for Ivory Black (contains charred animal bones)
  • All Winsor & Newton Artists’ Acrylic Colour, Finity range except for Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray
  • All Winsor & Newton Galeria Flow Formula Acrylic Colour range except for Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray
  • All Holbein Heavy Body Acrylic except for Ivory Black

Oil Paint

Vegan Friendly (free of animal components):

  • Winsor & Newton:
    • All Artists’ Oil Colour range except for Blue Black, Carmine (genuine, discontinued), Ivory Black
    • All Artists’ Oilbar range except for Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray
    • All  Winton Oil Colour range except for Ivory Black, Raw Umber
    • All Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colour range except for Ivory Black
    • All Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour range except for Ivory Black
  • Holbein:
    • All Artist Oil except for Blue Black, Ivory Black, Neutral Grey, Sepia, Van Dyke Brown, Foundation Grey
    • All Ecoise Oil except for Ivory Black, Van Dyke Brown
    • All DUO Aqua Oil except for Ivory Black, Sepia
    • All Vernet Superior Oil except for Ivory Black

Gouache

Vegan Friendly (free of animal components):

  • Holbein Acryla Gouache
  • All Holbein Designer Gouache except for:
    • Brilliant Silver
    • Brilliant Gold
    • Rich Gold
    • Pearl Gold
    • Primary White
    • Cobalt Green Pale
    • Cadmium Red Purple
    • Cadmium Yellow
    • Cadmium Yellow Lemon
    • Cadmium Yellow Orange
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Naples Yellow
    • Jaune Brilliant #2
    • Cadmium Green Pale
    • Cadmium Red
    • Terre Verte
    • Grey #1
    • Grey #2
    • Permanent White
    • Silver
    • Ultramarine Light
  • All Winsor & Newton Designers’ Gouache range except for:
    • Raw Sienna
    • Winsor Green
    • Spectrum Yellow
    • Intense Blue
    • Sky Blue
    • Purple Lake
    • Prussian Blue
    • Linden Green
    • Ivory Black
    • Grenadine
    • Flame Red
    • Burnt Umber
    • Bengal Rose
    • Primary Blue
    • Lamp Black
    • Spectrum Violet

Ink

Vegan Friendly (free of animal components):

  • Faber Castell TG1 Drawing Ink
  • Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks range
  • Derwent Inktense blocks and pencils
  • Finetec Pearlcolors

NOT vegan friendly (contains animal components):

  • Winsor & Newton – the complete Drawing Inks range

Pencils

Vegan Friendly (free of animal components):

  • Faber Castell: All pencils, pens and erasers
  • Derwent:
    • All Derwent Coloursoft pencils
    • All Derwent Inktense
    • All Derwent Graphitint pencils
    • All Derwent Aquatone
    • All Derwent Metallics
    • All Derwent Graphitone
    • All Derwent Pastel Pencils and Pastel blocks
    • All Derwent Charcoal Pencils and Charcoal XL Blocks
    • All Derwent Graphite Blocks and Graphite XL Blocks
    • Derwent Graphic Pencils B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, 6H, 7H, 8H and 9H

NOT vegan friendly (contains animal components):

  • Certain products in the Derwent Artist, Studio and Watercolour are not free from animal products (they did not specify which)

 


Sources

Strathmore

On the FAQ on their website:

With the exception of our Gemini Watercolor paper, all of our other papers are vegan friendly and only use plant-based and synthetic sizing.

Fabriano

Through email:

all the Fabriano papers are free of animal components except for the handmade papers. The handmade papers are: Roma, Esportazione and Secolo XIII.

Canson

Through email:

I am pleased to confirm that our XL Mix Media , Montval range and Canson Heritage range are vegan friendly.

The raw material we use to produce these papers don’t contain animal components.

Legion

Through email:

The sizing and glue on the Stonehenge Aqua is synthetic.  So all vegan-friendly.

Winsor and Newton

This PDF

Hahnemuehle

Through a Facebook message:

Herewith we declare that all Hahnemühle FineArt paper* and canvas do not contain raw materials from

  • Animals sources
  • Gene- modified sources

(*exception: the coating of Photo Silk Baryta and PastellFix)

Daniel Smith

Through email:

All of our colors are cruelty-free. The only animal-derived ingredient id the pigment pBK9. pBK9 is created from the charred bones of cows that died naturally and is found in the following colors only: Sepia, Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray

Stillman & Birn

Through email:

The paper in all of our products is 100% animal free; the sizing used is vegetable based. However, some of the adhesives used in the binding process in manufacturing our sketchbooks is animal-based glue.

St Cuthberts Mill

twitter message:

Our Bockingford, Millford and Somerset papers do not contain any animal derivatives.

Saunders Waterford is 100% cotton with a gelatine surface sizing. Bockingford is made from woodpulp and sized with a neutral sizing agent (animal friendly).

Moleskine

Through email:

 

As you may be aware, writing paper often undergoes a crucial process known as “sizing”, which prevents ink from being absorbed and spreading on the page, as well as strengthening the paper and protecting it from oxidation.

Gelatin is often a key ingredient in the sizing process, and at this stage we are afraid we cannot guarantee that our paper is gelatin-free.

However, our manufacturing processes are evolving all the time and we are always open to suggestions regarding ways of improving our products, including the raw materials used. We recognize this is an important issue for many of our customers and will work towards finding a solution.

Thank you again for raising this important issue.

Khadi Paper

Through email:

Hello Keren, yes our paper is sized with animal gelatine.

Arches

Through email (a somewhat odd reply IMO but a reply nevertheless):

Thank you very much for your interest in our ARCHES® papers.

I am sorry not to be able to reply to your question as I can’t disclose the formulation of our papers.

All I can say is that we only use top-quality raw materials for our ARCHES® papers. It is impossible for us to say that our papers are Vegan : our papers are not intended for food use therefore we don’t request our raw materials to comply with the food safety regulations.

… it is impossible to say that our papers are Vegan : as long as our papers are not intended for food use, we don’t ask our raw materials’ suppliers to comply with the food safety regulations.

Liquitex

Through email:

All of our products are animal free except the color Ivory Black which is made with the centuries old tradition of charred animal bones.

Holbein

Through email (they also attached this PDF):

Attached, find the .pdf listing of all Holbein products containing animal by-products.  Listed next to Holbein Designer Gouache you will find 21 colors.  Holbein Acryla Gouache is not listed as none of the color in the line contain any animal by-products whatsoever.

Faber Castell

Through a DM on Instagram (@fabercastellglobal):

Hi, is your TG1 drawing ink for technical pens vegan friendly?

Hello, yes it is.

All pencils, pens and erasers from A. W. Faber-Castell Vertrieb GmbH are based on inorganic components (e. g. inorganic fillers, inorganic pigments) or syntactical raw materials (organic pigments, dyes, plastics) or vegetable raw materials (waxes, oils).

Derwent

Through email – they sent this PDF.

Finetec

Through email:

All materials used in our Pearlcolors are free of animal components/derivatives and are according to our ingredients suppliers vegan friendly and cruelty free. The colors consist only of mica (pigment made out of stone), Gum Arabic (purely plant based) and very small amounts of additives, which are vegan according to the manufacturer. No animal derived additives are used in the manufacturing process (the glue contains no animal ingredients either).