Pitt Artist Pen problems?

Hi there,

I just wanted to reply here as well to a reader’s mail and their disappointing experience with their Pitt Artist pens.

Should the colour apply plotchy /stripey/ bleed on the paper, the chances are very high that you might be using the wrong paper.

From my experience they work e.g. on Hahnemühle Nostalgia Sketch paper, Hahnemühle Bristol (I preferred a more cicular application here or wiping over the surface right after to smooth the application),and the most beautifully – I love to put them on watercolour (or mixed media paper): of course, you have to look out that the paper does not have such a texture that it will be like sandpaper to your pens (e.g. like canvas, which will 100 per cent grind your pens down) and they might “drink” /absorb more of your pen. What I love to do with them is also to apply them to paper and immediately go over the application with e.g. a waterreservoir brush. It moves and dilutes the colour and when it dries down it goes to its waterproof state.

Don’t forget, you can also mix your Pitt Artist pens, like you would do your watercolours. You can apply them onto a white porcelain plate,  dilute and mix them. I also put the brush tip of my watertank brush onto the pen for colour application (I am not telling you, you should do that, it is just what I do).

In case, the paper isn’t your problem but the pen itself: if it has gotten drier due to age / or what you have put it through, don’t throw them away! You now can shape them /be rough on them and use them for texturing; e.g. leaf cluster, flower buds, grass … ; if they truely have nothing left in them, keep a couple of spare caps/lids, so you have one in your hour of need, when they miraculously disappear and you’ll find them weeks or months later. This goes of course for all your pens and markers.

Anja (Ansho)

Here is my latest Faber-Castell entry.


2017 information on varnish

I have yet to make an update on varnish and more,

but in the meantime, here is my 2017 information about varnish:


Hahnemühle offers a protection spray for digital fine art prints; here is my blog enty from February 2022; Here you find my compendium entry.

source: mail contact ; websites


All paper and canvases by  Hahnemühle are free of animal derivatives and additives.

This of course means all Hahnemühle paper products are free of animals – including the Digital FineArt products as well. The only exception are books with a leather cover.

Photo Silk Baryta was taken off the market for the moment, because of a change in the supply chain – to make it vegan.

Caution: old Photo Silk Baryta stock from retailers won’t be vegan

PastellFix was taken off the market for good; unfortunately changes to make it conform could not be achieved;

Old PastellFix stock from retailers is not vegan.

The Hahnemühle Signing Duo and Protective Spray are free of animal derivatives.

cruelty-free status of 2017 : no animal testing, no commissioning of such (again, information of 2017); 

Certificates of Conformity: English; Deutsch

source: mail contact

Hahnemühle compendium entry

Hahnemühle website



Following new Faber-Castell products are free of animal derivatives – including the manufacturing process:

  •  115210 Pitt Graphite Matt
  •  160701 Creative Marker – white as snow, Creative Marker blackout
  •  160806 Neon Marker
  •  2818.. brush line
  •  2828.. brush line
  •  all brushes that are part of drawing/painting sets

The material used for all brush hair is nylon.

Faber-Castell is a cruelty-free company on all levels; they do not test on animals, neither commission other parties to do so; the raw material chain is free of animal testing

They would like you to know, that animal testing for art-, writing- and drawing materials/ supplies is banned in Europe.

No animal based raw materials are ever used as auxiliary supplies/ additives in Faber-Castell’s entire production.

source: mail contact

compendium entry

Faber-Castell website


Moleskine would like you to know that at this moment in time, during the paper binding process, traces of gelatin may be  present.

Moleskine is working to find new sollutions concerning this topic.

Moleskine’s cruelty-free status: they do not test on animals and neither commission it from other parties

source: mail contact

new enquiries sent out: paper edition

Hello everyone,

in the last two days I looked into four companies concerning paper products;

I wrote to:

  • 31st of January 2022, Strathmore – for an update (compendium status: March 2017)
  • 1st of February 2022, Hahnemühle – for an update (compendium status: March 2017)
  • 1st of February 2022, Fabriano – for un update (compendium status; March 2017)
  • 1st of February 2022, Moleskine – first enquiry

You will find the 2017 information in this post or in the compendium.


Unfortunately, I have nothing new to report from my Mid-November enquiries, I have yet to receive replies from Faber-Castell (concerning new products), Etchr, Léonard and da Vinci/ Defet.




you might not be able to reach me for a short while

I am overhauling my computer systems, which means I might not be able (very probably) to reply to mail@veganartstuff mails from you. I hope mails coming in the process of it all won’t get lost, everything until now (Dec 3rd, 2021) has been replied to. In case something should have happened to new mails (after Dec 3rd), I will let you know, when everything is up and running.

All my best,

Coliro Finetec Pearlcolors

Hi there,

Coliro (Finetec Pearlcolors) sent their reply today. And it is good news.

Coliro/Finetec is cruelty-free : they don’t test on animals and neither commission other parties to do so.

Not only are – as they have been in the past- the Finetec Pearlcolors completely free of animal derivatives, as well as  the manufacturing process being free of any animal derivatives (and of course cruelty-free), there is something even better.

The mica raw material supplier for Finetec is member of the Responsible Mica Initiative.

This is a quote of the Initiative that Coliro/Finetec provided me with :


I found the Quote source here.

Source: mail contact; websites Coliro and Finetec


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.