Here is the new updated information on Faber-Castell. All the previously listed products are still free of animal derivatives, which includes the packaging. Additionally, I asked about the watercolours in pan format and starter set in tubes, Albrecht Dürer watercolour marker, grip fountain pens, converter, pastel toned and metallic textmarker, notebook A5 and A6– those are free of animal derivatives as well. Unfortunately I do not know whether this includes the manufacturing cycle just the finished products. Back in 2017, concerning Faber-Castell’s cruelty-free status, I received the reply, that they neither tested on animals nor commissioned animal testing; not in Europe and not anywhere else. A person in the chemistry department also mentioned back then (2017) for as long as they can look back – 30 years – to their knowledge, there hadn’t ever been commissioned such testing. It was also pointed out to me (again, 2017), that animal testing for painting -, drawing -, and writing supplies was forbidden by law in Germany.
Bearing the 2017 information in mind, I also asked about an update on the company status about the topic but unfortunately, I did not get any information about it this time, so I will place the cruelty-free status as undisclosed for now (because of lack of new information).
cruelty-free status: undisclosed for now concerning the 2021 update (in 2017, cruelty-free)
Here is my updated ( incomplete) list of products, free of animal derivatives (this includes the packaging; not known whether this extends to manufacturing cycle as well):
I’ve already listed C.Kreul with products in the compendium and here https://www.veganartstuff.info/2017/04/18/products-by-c-kreul/ . In the list weren’t any paper or canvas products so far, but now I have the information about several. They are all free of any animal derived sources,which also applies to the glue used.
Here are the new additions:
Kreul Paper Water Color
Kreul Paper Mixed Media
Kreul Paper Sketching
Solo Goya Paper Sketching
Solo Goya Paper Water Color
Solo Goya Paper Oil Color
Solo Goya Triton Acrylic Pad
Kreul Canvas Board
Kreul Stretched Canvas
Solo Goya Stretched Canvas Basic Line
Solo Goya Stretched Canvas Premium Line
The paint products:
Javana fabric paints
Javana Textil Potch
Javana texi mäx glitter, opak and sunny
Javana Phantom Pen
Javana Laundry Marker
Kreul Textil Liner
Hobby Line Acrylic Gloss, Satin and Matt Varnish
Hobby Line Art Potch (Varnish & Glue)
Hobby Line Foto Transfer Potch
Hobby Line Gemstone Glue
Solo Goya Glossy Varnish (Picture Varnish; Gemäldefirnis)
Solo Goya Matt Varnish (Picture Varnish; Gemäldefirnis)
Solo Goya Fixative
Solo Goya Acrylic Paints
Solo Goya Art Acryl Basic
Solo Goya Triton Acrylic Paint Marker
Kreul Pic Tixx Pens, with the exception of Pic Tixx Candle Pens, those are vegetarian friendly
And Following products are vegetarian-friendly:
Kreul Pic Tixx Candle pens
Chalky chalk paint
Solo Goya Triton Acylic Paints (several colours are only vegetarian-friendly)
Instead of using watercolours in pans, you can use watercolour pencils, sticks/gelatos and crayons with a water-reservoir brush or stiffer regular brush, but in the way you would paint with pans.
Tip-to-tip transfer: Brush over your water-soluble crayon/stick etc. (use more strokes to intensify the colour) and then apply it onto the paper. Alternatively draw with the crayon direcly on the edge of the paper or a separate paper and take the colour with the brush from there.
This way the colour application is much softer than drawing directly on the paper and going over the lines with a brush. You can colour a dainty little drawing or cover a DinA3 and larger paper with beautiful patterns.
If you don’t have a watercolour travel pan set, you can always take your pencils, crayons etc. and a water-reservoir brush pen. There will be no spills, it does not take up too much space and you have double the use out of the pencils. Using them with the brush and also drawing details directly with them.
It is also something different to go over the crayon/pencil with a wet brush than immersing the whole crayon/pencil tip in water, which can damage the lead.
I also went over a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen with the water-reservoir brush to take colour and transfer to the paper. After drying the colour is going nowhere, because of the waterproof ink used in the pens. Why would someone do this to an already brush shaped pen tip ? You can cover a bigger area this way than with the small, less flexible brush pen tip; you can gently glaze the paper and if your brush pens are older, you still get good use out of them without having to draw streaky (although I found it can make also nice effects).
Painting on wet paper with the laden brush helps covering the paper surface quicker.
Since last year’s solvent search flop (zest-it) I hadn’t really pursued other options. This January I was reminded of this again, (thank you Steve for writing to me about this topic). I have heard of people using baby oil as substitute. So I gave it a first try with coconut oil.
I just threw randomly colour on smooth sketch paper (190g/m^2-90lbs; Hahnemühle sketch paper), transferred some of the coconut oil on the back of my hand and dipped my finger in it and was able to blend with it. This seemed to work so well, so I made my own little experiment the next day, with oils and other stuff I stumbled upon.
What I used:
mixed Media Paper (250g/m^2-169lbs; Daler Rowney) with a rougher surface
transparent lip balm
baby face&body lotion
cotton buds (brand doesn’t matter, mine are vegan, waterneutral ones by Hydrophile)
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