watercolour paint

Hello there,

I was just asked by a reader about watercolour paints and brushes. I am still waiting for updates on da Vinci brushes and Faber-Castell ones, but in the past (da Vinci in 2017, Faber-Castell in 2018) the 100% synthetic hair brushes should be free of animal ingredients, but again, I am waiting on an update. I am also waiting on information from Léonard, concerning their vegan labelled brush sets.

Watercolour options (with date stamps, when the information was gathered)

  • Faber-Castell options (information status April 2021)
        • Gelatos
        • watersoluble graphite aquarelle pencils
        • Art Grip aquarelle pencils
        • Albrecht Dürer watercolour marker
        • Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils
        • foldable watercup
        • Art & Graphic Water Brush
        • Goldfaber Aqua Watercolour Pencils
        • Creative Studio – watercolour paint in pans
        • watercolour starter set in tubes
        • Synthetic brushes (art. nr. 481600)
  • Kaia Natural Watercolor (2019; entry)
  • Qor watercolor with the exception of bone black (April 2018, entry)
  • Culture Hustle (March 2018, entry)

This is what I could think of at the moment. Clearly, I have to update a lot of information, and companies you might be missing here, please use the search box on this website for those and have a look. There are companies e.g. Maimeri and St.Petersberg/ Russian White Nights, that declined to reply (more then once), other company’s products might contain animal derivatives.

If you are not able to find art supply brushes, there is also the option of using vegan-friendly labelled make-up brushes. They should work for watercolours and pastels. I used a vegan kabuki brush in the past (it is still close by) as a duster brush to go over my drawings. I would be concerned about acrylic and oil paints, they might be to aggressive, so I cannot promise they would withstand those.

Edding

Hello there,

here is a summary of the reply I received from Edding:

Principally, all Edding products consist of synthetic material and chemically treated material. This means, it is very unlikely that markers and other products should contain any components or traces of an animal source, but the company cannot give a guarantee that they absolutely are so.

According to Edding, at the moment it is still difficult to impossible to get transparency throughout the material supply chain, but they are committed to keep on working to obtain clarity on the specifics.

The company does not test on animals and demands from their material suppliers not to test on animals. Nevertheless, they cannot guarantee that ingredients of a finished product haven’t been tested on animals, if REACH-Regulations require so.

You can read Edding’s statement concerning animal-testing, here.

Source: mail contact

Here is my information sheet, that I send out to all the companies.

Gelli Arts updated information

Hi there,

here is the updated Gelli Arts information about their Gelli Plates:

Gelli Arts confirmed that the Gelli Plates are still vegan-friendly and are still cruelty-free, staying the same as four years ago.

Four years ago,  the statement was that Gelli Arts is cruelty-free, they don’t test on animals  and don’t commission any other parties to do so. Materials used in the Gelli Plates are free of animal testing. Gelli plates are free of animal derivatives.

Source: mail contact

Gelli Arts website

Here is my information sheet, I send out to all companies.

Mon Marte replied

Here is the summary of Mon Marte‘s reply:

  • Mon Marte do not test their products on animals (no further information)
  • Mon Marte art supply ranges are not certified vegan
  • brushes from taklon fibre are synthetic, soft cover books and the marjority of products, which includes paints, gessoes and glue products, are free of animal derived ingredients (no further information, whether this also includes the manufacturing cycle)
  • Acrylic Colour free of PBK9: 75ml, 2L, 1L
  • Dimension Acrylic Paints free of PBK9: 75ml, 250ml
  • 100ml Satin Acrylic paints are free of PBK9

 

products containing animal derived ingredients:

  • natural bristle brushes,
  • hardcover books
  • oil paints containing the pigment PBK9 /bone black (unfortunately, I could not find any information about the ingredients of the products on the website, and on the products’ MSDS (material safety data sheets) and additional information sheets. Maybe a retailer will offer those, or on the packaging; I looked through different products, but could not find any ingredients lists.

Mon Marte’s paints do not contain cadmium or cobalt; the colour names are only based on historical and traditional oil paint colour names.

Source: Mail Contact; website

Here is my information sheet, I send out to all the companies.

I summarize the information that a company decides to share with me. It is up to you, the reader, what you make out of this information.

more enquiries sent out

Hello there,

I have sent out more enquiries to companies, concerning updating their profile on here;because they brought out new products . There are also companies I have written to for the first time.

Here is the lot of them:

  • I wrote to Faber-Castell about their brushes (update), their new neon markers and their new white-as-snow marker and their blackout marker.

You find a list of Faber-Castell’s products here.

  • I wrote to Etchr (Etchr Lab) for the first time
  • I wrote again to Mon Marte
  • I wrote to Gelli Arts for an update
  • I wrote to Léonard (brush manufacturer) because they brought out brush sets labelled “vegan”
  • to Coliro (Finetec Pearlcolors) for an update
  • to da Vinci (Defet; brush manufacturer) for an update

I think those are all at the moment that I’ve written.

Although I am working my way through updating all my entries (please bear in mind that if I didn’t attach any date to an entry in the compendium, the information could reach back as far as 2017), I am open to hearing from you any companies you want me to write to. I’ll put them first. I know what time of year it is and if you are looking present-wise for your wishlist or someone else, or just because you need to let out your creativity, tell me about the company (maybe mention what product range as well, if they offer many); of course we need also to factor in the time it can take a company to reply. So the sooner, the better.

You reach me here mail@veganartstuff.info

 

biodegradable glitter made from cellulose

Hello there,

I was asked about glitter ,free of animal derivatives, only hours after I just saw an article about it. I am not a glitter person myself, I find it too dangerous around animals, children, everyone with eyes really.

So today I stumbled over a headline that they are now making biodegradable glitter out of cellulose. When I looked the information up in my search engine later, not only articles, such as this one on phys.org popped up, but also companies that state, their products are “vegan, cruelty-free” and biodegradable. I used quotation marks for a reason, because we all know how these words have not one set-in-stone definition (see here for detailed information), that everyone will reference to.

In the past (2018) I had the information of Culture Hustle offering glitter made out of glass (free of animal derivatives); but again, old news and you definitely want to protect your health. You don’t want miniscule glass shards in your eyes, on your skin, in your lungs… I mean this goes for all kinds of glitter. Think also about your scanner. That’ll scratch the surface up nicely. I doubt it will show up,  once scanned in.

I do remember ages ago (maybe 15 years ago) a segment about glitter on Rachel Ray, how you have to swaddle a child in a blanket, burrito style, to stop them from rubbing their eyes and really doing great harm to their corneas. And then you have to rinse out the eyes with water or sterile saline solution (the latter probably nicer on the eyes). Imagine having to do that with a wiggly child or animal. No thanks. And then schlepping them to an eye specialist; or yourself to one. Here is an article about foreign bodies in eyes. (Disclaimer: I am not giving you medical advice)

If you live in a country that experiences cold winters, you get glitter for free and harmless to your eyes in frost form. Feast your eyes on the sparkling veil covering delicately every surface. You can even capture it on  camera. No man made glitter can surpass frost.

 

white opaque pens and alternatives

Uni Mitsubishi (Signo gel pens) and Pilot did choose not to disclose information about their products and companies (information on Uni : 2017; newest information on Pilot: 2021)

Faber-Castell is a distributor for Uni Ball and informed me (April 2021) that all the Uni Ball products they distribute, are free of animal derivatives; however, this concerns only the materials not Uni’s status (concerning the cruelty-free topic);

Speaking of Faber-Castell, these might work for you:

  • Pitt artist pen in white (my opinion when I got them when they came out: not very opaque; buildable, for small highlights , best stored horizontally)
  • watercolour pencils e.g. Albrecht Dürer; wet or dry application; of course pencils will last you practically a lifetime
  • gelatos – watercolour in stick form; blendable with finger;
  • oil pastel in white – should be very opaque
  • soft pastel
  • white pastel stick or Pitt pastel pencil; lovely over watercolour and alcohol markers …

Those are just examples (information from 2021); of course you can use any  gouache or acylic paint (or pens, pastels, …) free of animal ingredients; my other brand informations on e.g. Culture Hustle (Stuart Semple), Liquitex , Golden Paints, Qor Watercolors and others are older (2017, 2018) , but you might want to look into them.

It depends also on what surface and other medium you are working with. I for example used gelatos in the past on canvas and like Pitt pastel pencils over watercolour and alcohol marker.

 

Printer Ink debacle

Hi everyone,

I was asked very recently about printer ink / cartridges free of animal derivatives. Unfortunately, back in 2017, both Epson and Canon declined to reply to my enquiries.

So, if big companies are out of the question, because they don’t even bother about this topic we have to look at cartridge dupes that will fit our printers.

Nowadays, there are even printers with built-in tanks/ reservoirs on the market, that do not need cartridges; but of course that doesn’t take away from the same hassle printer ink -wise. There is no guarantee that the manufacturers of alternative cartridges will reply either, but if you find a match for your printer in your country, don’t hesitate to use my information sheet to send to those companies, to get the information you need.

I also wrote to Edding in 2017; of course four years have already passed by now, and even then the company could not guarantee that their products have not been polluted with animal derived ingredients on raw material supplier level; the products generally shouldn’t contain any animal based derivatives and they do not test on animals nor commission other parties to do so. Again, this is four year old information.

You should look into print companies and printer ink makers in your country or state … There are actually more eco friendly print companies popping up. Those use at least vegetable based inks, or you can ask them what kind of ink they use.

I actually stumbled over Zazzle offering vegan prints and posters searching for suitable print shops. I do not know the details, but if you are looking to sell prints of your artwort, you could look into that offer.

In the case of my reader, who is located in New Zealand, I found following companies , that might be worth looking into, if you are New Zealand based :

For further information  (whether they are cruelty-free and completely free of animal derivatives) you should contact them, if those sound like fitting your printing /ink needs.

 

Source: mail contact