I recently stumbled upon Faber-Castell’s Ecco Pigment Pens. My favourite is 0.05 . Just like the Pitt Artist Pens, they are waterproof and have maximum lightfastness.
It is incredible how small you can draw with the 0.05 – that is why I like the pen so much. In the following pics I have added some coins for size comparison. (coins: 2 Czech Koruna, 20 pence, one dime & one cent)
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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All Faber-Castell coloured pencil ranges are vegan-friendly.
Official Statement by Faber-Castell’s Press Department: “all pencils, pens and erasers from A. W. Faber-Castell Vertrieb GmbH are based on inorganic components (e. g. inorganic fillers, inorganic pigments), syntactical raw materials (organic pigments, dyes, plastics) or vegetable raw materials (waxes, oils).
Furthermore we can assure you that Faber-Castell does not do any animal testing.”
Update May 2018
Schmincke can neither deny nor confirm, that their contractors and subcontractors do perform or do not perform animal-testing.
Therefore their products can NOT be considered vegan-friendly.
Vegan friendly products:
-All Akademie and College products:
-Akademie Aquarell watercolours
-Akademie Acryl Color
-Akademie Oil Color
-Aero Color Professional
Vegan friendly products with exceptions:
-PRIMAcryl with the exception of Ivory Black
-Pastels with the exception of D Black (D Schwarz)
-Pigments with the exception of Ivory Black
-Aqua Linoprint colours with the exception of Ivory Black