Australia based Derivan is a cruelty-free company with an array of different products.
Except the one colour Ivory Black in the Matisse range, all Derivan and Matisse branded paints are vegan-friendly!
Here: http://www.derivan.com.au you can find all of their products, e.g. cadmium-free acrylics, different types of acrylics, acrylic based inks, mediums, screen ink, block ink, watercolour, fabric paint, face and body paint, glitter glue, liquid pencil, …
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)
Here is an update of my definition for cruelty-free companies and vegan-friendly art supplies:
A product can be considered vegan-friendly, if the entire product itself does not contain animal ingredients, byproducts/ derivatives and none of those are used in the manufacturing process, g. the use of animal derived oils and fats in surfactants for the dispersion of pigments and animal oils and fats are not used to form the tips of brushes; kieselguhr/diatomite is not used for filtration.
For a vegan-friendly product, the “entire product” has to be free of any animal derived ingredients; This includes all that contains the art supply, e.g. pans, paint tubes, the body and nibs of a marker, a pencil’s wooden body as well as lacquer, adhesive used for binding of paper pads, books, brushes and envelopes.
The manufacturer does not test on animals or commissions other parties to do so and do not use material data collected through animal testing done or commissioned by others such as parent-/ sister-/ affiliate companies, other partners as well as suppliers.
(Raw) Material used in the products and the production process may not be tested on animals by the company’s (raw) material suppliers and sub-suppliers, nor be commissioned by those.
There is no animal testing done/commissioned abroad for products to be sold abroad. This applies to the company and the company’s distributors.
Everything which comes from an animal origin/source, everything what is part of the animal and its anatomy and what the animal produces (beeswax, honey, milk, eggs) is unsuitable for vegans.
Squid Ink, Sepia Ink, all ink from squids and cuttlefish
Animal Oils, Animal Fats, Animal derived Wax (used e.g. for dispersing pigments; shaping brush tips)
Ox Gall, Ox Bile
Gall and Bile
Rabbit skin, e.g. rabbit skin glue, animal skin
Any Kind of Glue made by animal parts
Kieselguhr/Diatomite (used e.g. for filtrating inks)
Natural animal derived Hair and Bristles, e.g. of sable, marten, squirrel, mongoose, horsehair, hair from animal snouts and ears (for example Ox), pig bristles
The criteria that apply to vegan-friendly art supplies apply also to vegetarian-friendly art supplies, with the exception that beeswax-, milk- and egg-derived ingredients may be part of the product itself and used in the manufacturing process.
For vegan-friendly art supplies,neither the product itself may contain animal-derived products nor may they be used in the production process.
A Cruelty-free companydoes not test on animals nor commissions others to do so and does not use data provided through animal testing by other facilities or affiliate companies. Not only the production of the product and the finished product must be free of animal testing but also the supply chain. The (raw) materials and chemicals used may not be tested on animals by the supplier nor may the supplier commission animal testing for the material.
Note: I am aware that once (most) raw materials and chemicals were tested /had to be tested on animals (several decades ago)
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)
This is a list of cruelty-free companies and the vegan-friendly products they offer. If you don’t find the company you are looking for in this list, please enter the company name in the search box to see their status. If you still can’t find the specific company you are looking for, please let me know, so that I can contact them.