Big Overview so far – End of April

 Vegan products available from following companies/manufacturers:


-Defet Manufactory, da Vinci Brushes (all synthetic brushes, except synthetic and natural blend brushes)

-Finetec (Finetec Pearlcolors)

-UHU (all glue products)

-C.Kreul (various paints and glues, varnish)

-Strathmore (all paper except Gemini Watercolour Paper)

-Liquitex (except the colour Ivory black)

-Colorfin (Pan Pastels)

-Gelli Arts (Gelli Plates)



-Royal Talens (Ecoline Brush Marker and Ecoline ink in jars)

-Hahnemühle (all FineArt paper products except Photo Silk Baryta and PastellFix.)

-Lana Beaux Arts (Paper)


-Golden Paints

-Fabriano (all papers, except Roma, Esportazione and Secolo XIII)

-Lascaux (all products except acrylic colour Resonance Black)

-Rotbart (Delta Marker –those are alcohol marker)

Winsor & Newton (vegan friendly data sheet not updated; several years old? – Update from Colart for Winsor Newton,July 11th, 2017: they are definately cruelty-free but they are currently checking the products because they cannot guarantee that the (raw) materials are not contaminated by animal derivatives.


To find the vegan friendly products from above companies please go to their individual entries:


Rotbart Delta Marker:

Finetec Pearlcolors:

UHU Glue:

Pan Pastels

Gelli Arts Gelli Plates:



Strathmore Paper:


Ecoline by Royal Talens:


Hahnemühle :

Lana Beaux Arts distributed by Hahnemühle:


Da Vinci Defet:

Golden Paints:

Fabriano Paper:

Winsor & Newton :Winsor Newton Animal derived ingredients list  (information sheet preexists their acquisition of the Letraset markers)




Following companies were worried about the raw materials being contaminated by an animal source; however, I wander whether they were the only ones mentioning this, being concerned with this matter:

Edding: cruelty-free; they do not use animal ingredients in their products, including the nail lacquer

Staedtler: cruelty-free; they use beeswax in some products

Stabilo: (did not mention being cruelty-free) they do not use animal raw materials, such as fats and tallow


No further information/miscellaneous:

-Yupo Paper by Legionpaper: Yupo is entirely synthetic, but no information about the manufacturing process

Botz Glazes: Botz is a small business and although its own brand glazes could be considered vegan friendly (including cruelty free), they cannot guarantee this for the supply chain and the other products they sell.


These Companies don’t want to be mentioned, they are cruelty-free:

Caran d’Ache (they prefer individual customer inquiries, they do have some vegan friendly products, so do write to them)



Following Companies are in the process of building up vegan friendly product data, but because of their wide range of products, this can take 1 to 2 years:

  • Koh-I-Noor (most of their products should be suitable,except inks, animal hair brushes, and wax aquarelles.)
  • Colart for Conté à Paris, Winsor&Newton, Lefranc & Bourgeois, Reeves, and others. At the moment you can inquire for specific product information


For following companies it is a NO on vegan suitability, for some it might change in future:

  • Schjerning (paints)
  • Buttinette (paints and glues)
  • Arches (paper)
  • Stillman & Birn (paper)
  • St Cuthbert Mill (paper)
  • Waterstons Sealing Wax
  • Chartpak
  • Grumbacher
  • Cretacolor
  • Holbein
  • Herbin (inks and sealing wax; not interested in vegan products -> G-Lalo)
  • Brause (not interested in vegan products -> G-Lalo)
  • Havo (paints, e.g. brand Creall)
  • Lamy
  • Schneider Pens                                   


I am waiting for replies from following companies currently:

Marabu (various paints, including fabric paints)

Lukas (Lukas Cryl Studio); second try contacting


Viarco (Art Graf; graphite products)


These companies did not respond to further inquiries:

-Deco Art

-Viarco for Art Graf (still hope here for an important update)

-Winsor & Newton

-Daniel Smith

-Dc.Ph. Martin’s (Salis International Inc.)

-Colorfin for Sofft Sponges


-Elmer’s Glue (did not deliver sufficient information, that was the second try, so I gave up on them; Elmer’s is a Newell Brand, like Rotring and Uniball for those two I got no replies at all)


Contacting following companies did not work:

-Deleter & Deleter US; mail error, although I used the correct email addresses from their websites

-Montana (constant error on their website; it could not sent the inquiry; no extra mail address to be found)


 Following companies did never reply, so I read this as indifference towards the vegan art sector:


-Vang (paper and Jaxon oil pastels)

-Tsukineko (tried it twice; the person who informed me about the ink pads (back then just inquired about the product itself being vegan; and they were) years back probably does no longer work there and no reply by the second inquest to customer service)

-Lukas (I hope they respond the second time; I mean this time it is just one product range, that I own several products of, so I am a customer and I hope there will be a reply this time; years back they did verify me the Cryl Studio range except black being vegan (inquiry was about the product itself being free of animal derivatives; no extended inquiry about manufacturing process etc.) and I also inquired about Nerchau paint products that I own and owned (because except one (the Patina) all are dried out by now).

-Posca (marker)

Folia Bringmann (origami paper; coloured and patterned paper)

Rico Design (various paints & glues; fabric paint ink pads)

Spectrum Noir (alcohol marker and coloured pencils)


Blauweisschen (fabric paints and hand carved wooden stamps)

-Canson (paper)


-Uniball Mitsubishi (now owned by Newell Brands)


-Mitsubishi Pencils

-Motip Dupli (Dupli Color Spray Paint)

-Shin Han Art

-Cléopâtre (French glue)

-Viva Décor


-Old Holland

-Weber Art (Mijello watercolor paint)



-Eberhard Faber

-Deka Farben (paints)

-Clay & Paint Factory (Cernit and darwi- modelling clay, paint and varnish)

-Bob Ross Inc.

-Lyra (F.I.L.A. Group brand)

-Royal & Langnickel


-Gerstaecker (house brand products)

-Boesner (house brand products)

-Zebra Pen



-Sakura through European Distributor Royal Talens; I did not find another direct contact address for the company.

Art Select






Source: Mail contact and companies’ websites


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