Last updated 6/4/2018

Vegan art supplies can be hard to find, so I want to make it easier with this list. Art supplies have traditionally used many ingredients from slaughtered or trapped animals. For example, paints, mediums, and even papers may contain bone char, gelatin, ox gall, 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.

HERE’S THE THING. A lot of companies I’ve contacted aren’t sure whether their products are vegan. But as more and more customers have called or e-mailed with questions, these companies have started to look into their supply chains to check, was something tested on animals, was something refined with animal ingredients, etc.

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. Due to the nature of changing formulas, I can’t guarantee that this list is 100% accurate, but if you’re interested in a certain product, you can scroll to the bottom of the page to see how recent the communication was from that brand, and judge for yourself. I urge you to contact art supply brands to double check vegan status, or just let them know you’re looking for vegan products and don’t stand for vague answers.

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


Vegan Acrylic Paint

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Vegan except Bone Black. They have alternative blacks. Amazon
Blick
Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic Vegan except Bone Black. They have alternative blacks. Amazon
Blick
Golden Acrylic Vegan except those paints that contain bone black pigment which is made from the bones of slaughtered cows. The non-vegan paints include anything with “bone black” in the name, Jenkins Green, as well as most of the neutral grays. See full statement here. Blick
Daler-Rowney Cryla and Cryla Flow Vegan except Ivory Black Jacksons
Daler-Rowney System3 Vegan except Raw Sienna Blick
Daler-Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Ink Vegan. Amazon
Blick
Holbein Heavy Body Acrylic Vegan except Ivory Black. PENDING REVIEW.
Windsor & Newton Artists’ Finity Acrylic Color Vegan except Ivory Black and Payne’s Gray. Amazon
Windsor & Newton Galeria Flow Forumla Acrylic Color Vegan except Ivory Black and Payne’s Gray. Amazon
Blick
Amsterdam Acrylic Standard Series Vegan. Amazon
Utrecht Acrylic Vegan except for Ivory Black. Blick
Blick Artists Acrylic Paint Vegan except for Ivory Black. Blick
Schmincke PRIMAcryl Vegan except for Ivory Black.
Schmincke Akademie Acryl Color Vegan since 2013.
Schmincke College Acrylic Vegan since 2013. Student quality.
Schmincke Aero Color Professional Vegan since 2013. Liquid acrylic.
Grumbacher Academy Acrylic Vegan except colors with PBk9 made from bone char.

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Vegan Adhesives/Glue

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Uhu All Glue products Vegan. Amazon
3L Adhesive Runner Vegan. For scrapbooking. Amazon
JudiKins Diamond Glaze Vegan.  Amazon
Modge Podge Adhesives Vegan.  Amazon
Weldbond  Universal Adhesive Vegan.  Amazon
Sugru Moldable Glue Vegan.  Amazon

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Vegan Binders (for making your own paint)

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Natural Earth Paint Gum Arabic Powder Vegan. Made from sap of acacia trees, it is used in watercolor and gouache as a binder. Natural Earth Paint

NOT Vegan Binders

Brand Product Line Info
Schmincke Casein Binding Medium (50 088) Contains casein.
Schmincke Watercolour Binder (50 820) Contains oxgall.

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Vegan Brushes

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Mimik Synthetic hog brushes Vegan. Amazon
Colors of Nature Faux squirrel brushes Vegan. Colors of Nature
Da Vinci Casaneo brushes (watercolor) Vegan. Da Vinci website says “We recommend the da Vinci CASANEO assortment also to all those artists who prefer a vegan life style.” Made in Germany, certified green manufacturing with sustainable wood handles from European forests Amazon
Jackson’s Studio synthetic watercolor brushes Vegan. Amazon
Raphael Kaerell Synthetic sable. Considered one of the closest matches to real sable. Vegan. Amazon

NOT Vegan Brush Materials

Name Description
Sable May be listed as sable, Kolinsky sable, Kolinsky red sable.
Kolinsky
Squirrel May be listed as squirrel, Russian blue squirrel.
Badger
Hog Bristle May be referred to simply as bristle or natural bristle. Also Chungking bristle.
Chungking Bristle A type of hog bristle.

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Vegan Brush Cleaners

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Coming soon

NOT Vegan Brush Cleaners

Brand Product Line Info
 Coming soon

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Vegan Canvas

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Blick Premiere Artist Canvas Vegan. Blick

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Vegan Chalk

Brand Product Line Info Availability
S&S Worldwide Chalk Vegan. Amazon
Chalk City Chalk Vegan. Amazon
Wee Can Too Veggie Sidewalk Chalk Vegan. Amazon
We Can Too

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Vegan Crayons

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Colors of Nature Crayons Vegan. Colors of Nature
Wee Can Too Veggie Baby Crayons Vegan. Wee Can Too

NOT Vegan Crayons

Brand Product Line Info
 Crayola  Crayons Produced using stearic acid. Stearic acid can be from plant or animal sources. Crayola says theirs is animal-derived.

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Vegan Gelatin Printing Plates

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Gelli Arts Reusable gelatin plates for monoprinting. Vegan. Amazon

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Vegan Gesso and Grounds

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Golden GAC 100 Acrylic Polymer Vegan. Amazon
Blick

NOT Vegan Gesso and Grounds.

Brand Product Line Info
Gamblin Traditional Gesso  Contains rabbit skin glue.

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Vegan Gouache

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Daler-Rowney Designer’s Gouache Vegan except Neutral Grey 2, Paynes Grey, Lamp Black, Cool Grey 1,2, & 3 and Warm Grey 1,2, &3. Statement here.  Amazon
Holbein Acryla Gouache Vegan. PENDING REVIEW Amazon
Winsor & Newton Designers’ Gouache Vegan 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.  Amazon
Schmincke Akademie Gouache Vegan since 2013. Student gouache.

NOT Vegan Gouache

Brand Product Line Info
Schmincke Horadam Gouache All colors contains gelatine and oxgall.
Schmincke HKS Designers’ Gouache All colors contains gelatine and oxgall.
Schmincke Calligraphy Gouache All colors contains gelatine and oxgall.

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Vegan Ink

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Daler-Rowney F.W. Artists Inks Vegan.
Faber Castell TG1 Drawing ink Vegan.
Winsor & Newton Calligraphy inks Vegan.
Daler-Rowney Pearlescent liquid acrylic inks Vegan.
Koh-I-Nor Transmix Media Inks (9065) Vegan.
Koh-I-Nor Special Ink (9066) Vegan.

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Vegan Markers

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Chartpak ADMarkers Vegan. Amazon
Chartpak Spectra ADMarkers Vegan. Amazon

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Vegan Masking Fluid

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Talens Liquid Masking Film Vegan. Amazon
Da Vinci Masking Fluid Vegan.

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Vegan Mediums

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Liquitex All mediums. Vegan. Amazon
Grumbacher Acrylic mediums. Vegan.
Grumbacher Watercolor mediums. Vegan.
QoR Synthetic Ox Gall Vegan. For watercolor.
QoR Watercolor Medium Vegan.
QoR Lift Aid Vegan. For watercolor.
Da Vinci Gum Arabic Vegan. For watercolor.
Da Vinci Iridescent Watercolor Medium Vegan.
Da Vinci Watercolor Medium Vegan. For watercolor.

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Vegan Oil Paint

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Daler-Rowney Artists Oil Colors Vegan except Ivory Black and Blue Black? Read the statement here.
Daler-Rowney Georgian Oil Colors Vegan except Ivory Black, Prussian Green and Coeruleum Hue. Read the statement here.
M. Graham Oil paint Vegan except Ivory Black, Lamp Black, Paynes Gray, Sap Green, Olive Green and Van Dyke Brown
Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Color Vegan except Ivory Black, Raw Umber
Winsor & Newton Artists Oil Colors Vegan except Ivory Black, Blue Black, Carmine?
Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colour Vegan except Ivory Black.
Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour Vegan except Ivory Black.
Holbein Artist Oil Vegan except Blue Black, Ivory Black, Neutral Grey, Sepia, Van Dyke Brown, Foundation Grey.
Holbein Ecoise Oil Vegan except Ivory Black, Van Dyke Brown.
Holbein DUO Aqua Oil Vegan except Ivory Black, Sepia.
Holbein Vernet Superior Oil Vegan except Ivory Black.
Gamblin Artists Oil Colors Vegan except Ivory Black, Van Dyke Brown, Payne’s Grey, Terre Verte, Asphaltum which contain PbK9 from cows’ bones.
Gamblin 1980 Oil Colors Vegan except Ivory Black, Van Dyke Brown, Payne’s Grey, Terre Verte, Asphaltum which contain PbK9 from cows’ bones.
Gamblin FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors Vegan except Ivory Black, Van Dyke Brown, Payne’s Grey, Terre Verte, Asphaltum which contain PbK9 from cows’ bones.
Grumbacher Pre-Tested Oils Vegan except colors using PBk9 made from bone char.
Grumbacher Academy Oil Vegan except colors using PBk9 made from bone char.
Grumbacher Max Water Mixable Oils Vegan except colors using PBk9 made from bone char.

NOT Vegan Oil Paint

Brand Product Line Info
Schmincke Norma Professional Oil Colors Contains beeswax.
Schminck Mussini Oil Colors Contains beeswax.

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Vegan Oil Pastels

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Pentel Oil pastels Vegan. Amazon

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Vegan Pastels

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Colors of Nature Pastels Vegan. Colors of Nature
Derwent Pastel blocks Vegan. Amazon
Derwent Pastel pencils Vegan. They’re like pastels in pencil form so you can get fine detail.
Schmincke Pastels Vegan except for Black (099) which contains PbK9 from bone char. They have alternative blacks.

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Vegan Pastel Papers

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Coming soon.

NOT Vegan Pastel Papers

Brand Product Line Info
Canson Ingres Pastel Papers Sized with gelatin.
Canson Mi Teintes Sized with gelatin.

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Vegan Pens

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Pilot Vegan.
Chameleon Vegan.
Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Pens Vegan.
Koh-I-Noor Rapidosketch Pens Vegan.

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Vegan Pencils

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Faber Castell All pencils, pens and erasers Vegan
Faber Castell  Polychromos pencils Vegan Amazon
Derwent Coloursoft pencils Vegan
Derwent Metallic pencils Vegan
Derwent Pastel pencils Vegan
Derwent Graphitone pencils Vegan

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Vegan Pigments

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Colors of Nature Pigments Vegan. Colors of Nature

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Vegan Sizing

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Gamblin PVA Size. More archival than rabbit glue. Vegan. Amazon

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Vegan Sketchbooks

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Strathmore all sketchbooks Vegan. Amazon
Strathmore Bristol pad (for pen and ink). Vegan. Amazon
Canson XL Mixed media papers Vegan. Amazon
Colors of Nature Bamboo mixed media papers Vegan. Colors of Nature

NOT Vegan Sketchbooks

Brand Product Line Info
Khadi Rag Paper (210gsm and above) Sized with gelatine.
Stillman and Birn  All sketchbooks. The books are bound with animal-based adhesive though the paper itself is vegan.



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Vegan Tape

 

Brand Product Line Info Availability
IPG Artist Tape Vegan. Dick Blick
IPG Kraft paper tape aka Butcher’s tape aka Watercolor tape Vegan. Dick Blick
ChartPak All Graphic Tapes Vegan. Amazon

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Vegan Watercolor Paint

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Holbein Artists’ Watercolors Vegan except Ivory Black. PENDING REVIEW Amazon
Holbein PAN Watercolors Vegan except Ivory Black. PENDING REVIEW
Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolors Vegan except for Viridian Hue, Raw Umber, Ivory Black. Amazon
Kuretaki Gansai Tambi Watercolors Vegan including the regular watercolors and pearlescent and starry watercolors.  PENDING REVIEW Amazon
Colors of Nature Watercolors (pan and tube) Vegan. Vegan company. Colors of Nature
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors Vegan except Ivory Black, Sepia, Payne’s Grey. Amazon
Dr. Ph Martin Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor Vegan.
Maimeri Blu Watercolors Vegan except for 484 Van Dyck Brown, 486 Sepia, 514 Payne’s Grey, and 535 Ivory Black. PENDING REVIEW Amazon
QoR Modern Watercolors Vegan except Ivory Black. Amazon
DaVinci Artists’ Permanent Watercolors Vegan except for Sepia, Payne’s Gray, Lamp Black, Davy’s Gray, Ivory Black. Amazon
Finetec Mica Pigment Pearl Watercolor Vegan. Also used in calligraphy. Amazon
Utrecht Watercolors Vegan except for Ivory Black and Payne’s Gray. Utrecht
Schmincke Akademie Aquarell Vegan since 2013. Student watercolors.
Grumbacher Academy Water Colors Vegan except colors with PBk9 made from bone char. Those non-vegan colors are Cerulean Blue Hue (A039), Davy’s Gray (A064), Hooker’s Green Light Hue (A107), Ivory Black (A115),

NOT Vegan Watercolors

Brand Product Line Info
Jack Richeson Yarka St. Petersburg Watercolors Not vegan according to Dick Black.
M. Graham Artist Watercolors Honey-based.
Sennelier L’Aquarelle French Artists’ Watercolors Honey-based.
Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Contains oxgall.
Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors Contains honey.

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Vegan Watercolor Paper

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Strathmore All except 500 Series Gemini Vegan. Amazon
Fabriano All except Secolo XIII, Romo, Esportazione Vegan. Amazon
Legion Stonehenge Aqua Watercolor Paper Vegan.  Amazon
Canson Heritage Watercolor Paper Vegan. Amazon
Canson Montval Watercolor Paper Vegan. Amazon
Canson Moulin du Roy Watercolor Paper Vegan. Amazon
Winsor & Newton Bockingford Vegan. Amazon
St Cuthberts Mill Bockingford Vegan. Amazon

NOT Vegan Watercolor Paper

Brand Product Line Info
Arches All watercolor paper. Sized with gelatin.

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Vegan Watercolor Pencils

Brand Product Line Info Availability
Sakura Bruynzeel Watercolor pencils Vegan. Amazon
Derwent Inktense Pencils Vegan. Amazon
Blick
Derwent Inktense Blocks Vegan. They’re not really pencils, more like water soluble pastels. Amazon
Blick

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

  • Blick – Artists’ Acrylics – e-mail received 12/28/2017:
    “I can confirm that the Blick Paints are all vegan, once again save the Ivory Black, I will be responding with our animal testing policy as soon as possible.”
  • Canson – e-mail received 1/8/2018: “The only papers that have a gelatin sizing on them are the Mi-Teintes and Ingres pastel papers. Some conflicting information may have occurred when the Arches brand paper was formally distributed by us, as those papers had a gelatin size. Heritage has since been released by Canson in order to have a professional paper line of watercolor paper that did not use gelatin. Additionally, Canson does not test on animals.”
  • 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.”
  • Golden – acrylic paint and animal testing statement here.
  • 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.
  • Holbein – After a reader claimed that the Holbein products we listed were not vegan, I went back and forth with the company, eventually corresponding with the US Vice President who double-checked with headquarters in Japan and confirmed (January 2018) that the paints we had listed were indeed vegan and they sent a product list.
  • IPG – IPG did not respond to e-mails but Dick Blick heard back from them and e-mailed me 5/29/2018 and 5/30/2018 that the artist and kraft tapes are vegan and that IPG does not test on animals.
  • Khadi Papers – e-mail received 1/8/2018: “Thank you for your mail, the only papers we sell which are sized with gelatine are the cotton rag papers that weigh 210gsm and above. So the 100gsm and 150gsm cotton rag papers, Hemp, Lokta and Himalayan papers you mentioned are all gelatine-free!”
  • Koh-I-Noor USA – e-mail received 10/4/ 2017 included list of vegan products – awaiting animal testing info.
  • Liquitex – e-mail received 8/28/2017: “Thank you for your interest in Liquitex.  Yes, all of our mediums are vegan and have not been tested on animals.”
  • 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.” Note, that at first one person wrote back that the watercolors were not vegan but another person then chimed in who seemed more up to date on the current formulas.
  • Mijello – 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.”
  • Schmincke – product list and e-mail received 1/8/2018: “Our AKADEMIE ranges are totally free of animal products.”
  • Stillman and Birn – e-mail received 1/8/2018: “All of our papers are made with vegetable-based sizing and so the papers can be considered vegan. However, all of our binding processes — hardcover, softcover and wirebound — are made with some for of animal-based adhesive.”
  • Utrecht acrylics – e-mail received 12/29/2017:
    “After contacting our manufacturer I can assure you that save the non-vegan pigments the paints are free of animal products and are not tested on animals. Regarding the Blick brand the same holds true but because we are a general retailer we do not currently have a model for animal testing and each item we carry defers to the manufacturer’s policy at this point in time.”
  • Utrecht statement about watercolors here.
  • Wee Can Too – as of 1/2/2018 – company website says “All our art supplies are edible, dairy free, vegan, and do not contain artificial dyes or chemicals”
  • 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].”

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