Vegan art supplies can be hard to find. Art supplies have traditionally used many ingredients from slaughtered or trapped animals. For example, paints, mediums, and even papers may contain bone char, gelatin, rabbit collagen, eggs, carmine, and shellac. Natural paintbrushes are made from the hair of sables, pigs, and squirrels.

Many higher end art supply companies use animal ingredients because these companies have been around in some cases for hundreds of years and use traditional recipes. But traditional dolesn’t necessarily mean better and a good artist can make do with whatever tools are available. It’s up to all of us who believe that animals shouldn’t suffer so we can express ourselves, to use our consumer power to support vegan products, and to effect change. Not only can we make sure we only purchase vegan art supplies, but we can also contact companies and let them know there’s consumer demand.

The supplies on this list, to the best of my knowledge, contain no animal products and were not tested on animals. I’m gradually adding footnotes to the source of information for how I know a product is vegan.

Vegan Art Supplies: Jump to different sections on this page.


Vegan Acrylic Paint

  • Liquitex – all paints except “bone black.” They do have alternative blacks.
  • Daler-Rowney – all Cryla and Cryla Flow colors except Ivory Black
  • Daler-Rowney – all System3 colors except Raw Sienna
  • Daler-Rowney – all Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Inks
  • Holbein Heavy Body Acrylic except Ivory Black
  • Winsor & Newton Artists’ Finity Acrylic Color except Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray
  • Winsor & Newton Galeria Flow Formula Acrylic Color except Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray
  • Amsterdam Acrylic Standard Series

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Vegan Adhesives/Glue/Tape

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Vegan Brushes

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Vegan Canvas (meaning the primer on pre-stretched canvas is vegan)

  • Dick Blick Premiere Artist Canvas

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Vegan Chalk

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Vegan Crayons

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Vegan Gelatin Printing Plates

  • Gelli Arts – reusable vegan gelatin plates for monoprinting

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Vegan Gesso and Grounds

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Vegan Gouache

  • Daler-Rowney Designer’s Gouache except Neutral Grey 2, Paynes Grey, Lamp Black, Cool Grey 1,2, & 3 and Warm Grey 1,2, &3.
  • Holbein Acryla Gouache – all colors
  • Holbein Designer Gouache – only some colors…
  • Winsor & Newton Designers’ Gouache – everything except Ivory Black, Winter Green, Raw Sienna, Spectrum Yellow, Intense Blue, Sky Blue, Light Purple, Prussian Blue, Linden Green, Flame Red, Burnt Umber, Bengal Rose, Primary Blue, Lamp Black, Spectrum Violet.

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Vegan Ink

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Vegan Masking Fluid

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Vegan Mediums

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Vegan Oil Paint

  • Daler-Rowney Artists Oil Colors except Ivory Black and Blue Black
  • Daler-Rowney Georgian Oil Colors except Ivory Black, Prussian Green and Coeruleum Hue
  • Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Color except Ivory Black, Raw Umber
  • Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Color except Ivory Black, Blue Black, Carmine?
  • Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colour range except for Ivory Black
  • Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour range except for Ivory Black
  • Holbein Artist Oil except for Blue Black, Ivory Black, Neutral Grey, Sepia, Van Dyke Brown, Foundation Grey
  • Holbein Ecoise Oil except for Ivory Black, Van Dyke Brown
  • Hoblein DUO Aqua Oil except for Ivory Black, Sepia
  • Holbein Vernet Superior Oil except for Ivory Black

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Vegan Oil Pastels

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Vegan Pastels

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Vegan Pens

  • Pilot
  • Chameleon

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Vegan Pencils

  • Faber Castell – All pencils, pens and erasers
  • Faber Castell – Polychromos pencils
  • Derwent Coloursoft pencils
  • Derwent Metallic pencils
  • Derwent Pastel pencils
  • Derwent Graphitone pencils

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Vegan Pigments

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Vegan Sketchbook and Mixed Media Paper

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Vegan Watercolor Paint

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Vegan Watercolor Paper

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Vegan Watercolor Pencils

  • Bruynzeel-Sakura watercolor pencils

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IN PROGRESS
Footnotes in order by brand name.
(source information for whether a product is vegan)

  • Chartpak, Inc. – e-mail received 10/4/2017 included list of vegan products – awaiting animal testing info.
  • Clearprint – e-mail received 10/4/2017 included list of vegan products – awaiting animal testing info.
  • Da Vinci Watercolors – e-mail received from Da Vinci customer service 9/30/2017: “Our watercolors do not contain ox gall or honey or other ingredients derived from animals. The only colors using animal derived ingredients are the few which contain pigment Black 6 or 9 (PBk6 or PBk9).  Colors that do not use these pigments do not contain animal ingredients. The pigment content is available under each swatch on our watercolor category page https://www.davincipaints.com/category-s/124.htm
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors  – e-mail received from customer service 10/2/2017 said, “Thank you for your question. Our products are not tested on animals, nor contain animal derived ingredients except the colors that contain pigment pBK9. pBK9 is found in the following colors only: Sepia, Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray”
  • Dick Blick Heavyweight Cotton Canvas – e-mail received from Dick Black customer service 9/29/2017, “I have confirmed that our Blick Premier Heavyweight Cotton Canvas is vegan.”
  • Grumbacher – e-mail received 10/4/2017 included list of vegan products – awaiting animal testing info.
  • Higgins – e-mail received 10/4/2017 included list of vegan products – awaiting animal testing info.
  • MaimeriBlu – e-mail received 10/2/2017: “I can assure you that we do not test our products on animals and in the Maimeriblu watercolour range only one pigment in the Maimerblu range is not suitable for vegans, i.e. Pbk 9 which is contained in 484 Van Dyck Brown, 486 Sepia, 514 Payne’s Grey and 535 Ivory Black.”
  • Koh-I-Noor USA – e-mail received 10/4/ 2017 included list of vegan products – awaiting animal testing info.
  • Mission Gold Watercolors – e-mail received 10/6/2017:
    Unfortunately, they do currently contain honey, which as an animal byproduct, is not vegan-friendly. A full list of ingredients is available on our website, www.mijelloart.com, in the MSDS link under the “resources” tab.”
  • Yarka Watercolors are NOT vegan – e-mail received from Dick Blick customer service 9/29/2017 about several things: “…however the Yarka Watercolors are not [vegan].”