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 doesn’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.

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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 Chalk

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Vegan Crayons

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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

  • coming soon.

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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

  • Pentel 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 – Polychromes (recommended)
  • 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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