If you don’t find a company you are looking for in this list, there is the chance that you find them via the search box.

Companies might change the ingredients of their products  over time; if they do offer an ingredients’ list  or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to their products, please cross-check. Should there be any discrepancies, please let me know.

I started my compendium in spring 2017; if you type the name of a company into the search box, you can find the blog entry in which I introduced the information of the company (if date not mentioned below). This can give you an estimate about how old the information is.

In future, I will note the time I last updated each company’s entry here in the compendium.

As of February 2021, this is the information sheet, companies receive attached in the enquiries (English version, German version).

From 2021 on, I will relay a summary of the information I am provided with by the companies, and ask you, the reader, to form your own opinion. You are able to see, if and how far a company choses to disclose their cruelty-free status; and concerning animal derivatives, what details are given on the products and the manufacturing cycle.

Here is my entry  on how to decipher company responses and how to read information on MSDS.

Anja (Ansho)





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Arteza declined to reply

Art Select
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Arto watercolour paper

status: July 14th, 2021

manufacturer: Campap

According to Campap their paper is free of animal derivatives ; no further information whether this applies to the finished product or production as well.

cruelty-free status: undisclosed

manufacturer: Campap

source: mail contact

website: Campap (Arto watercolour paper)

Arto watercolour paper blog entry


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Bob Ross
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Botz Glazes (->pottery)                            status: March 2017
glazes should be free of any animal derivatives


Canson                                        status: May, 2017

although their papers do not contain animal derivatives with the exception of Mi Teintes and Ingres Vidalon, they do not know about the glue and packaging and several dyes get tested on rabbits.

So Canson is neither completely free of animal derivatives nor is it cruelty-free.

Source: Mail contact


Chameleon Art Products       (status : Jul/Aug 2017)

The company identifies as cruelty-free, the Chameleon Pens are free of animal derivatives.

  • Chameleon Pens

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Chameleon Pens

Source: Mail contact

Declined to reply.

Colorfin: Sofft Sponges 
Declined to reply.

Colors Of Nature – earth-friendly artist’s paint (all-vegan company)

sadly, this company closed down –  status: August 2019

  • Oil Paints and organic linseed oil
  • Encaustic Plant Wax Pucks
  • Brushes
  • Watercolour Paints
  • Crayons
  • Pastels
  • Pigments
  • Kids’ Watercolour Paint
  • Glass Mullers (designed and manufactured for Colors of Nature by artist Silvia Taylor)
  • Natural Brush Soap
  • empty paint tubes (e.g. you can store your own created colour blends)

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Colours of Nature

Source: Mail contact

C.Kreul                                   (status :2017 to Dec 2018)

  • 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
  • Solo Goya Pouring Liquid
  • Solo Goya Tempera Gouache
  • Solo Goya Aqua Paint Marker
  • Kreul Pic Tixx Pens, with the exception of Pic Tixx Candle Pens, those are vegetarian friendly


  • 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

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)

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C Kreul Homepage

Source: Mail contact

Clay and Paint factory               status:   Sept 2017
NOT vegan-friendly.

Cretacolor                          status: March 2017

unavailable information about animal ingredients  in products and contamination of raw materials through animal derivatives , because these aspects are not part of the material testing. No animal testing in the manufacturing process, however no guarantee for raw material suppliers  and subsuppliers apply such testing

Culture Hustle – “Potions and Powders” status: March 2018


  • Powders: powder paints; mixable with water,  acrylic medium …
  • Potions: acrylic paints

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Culture Hustle

Source: Mail contact

Daler-Rowney            status: March 2017

  • All Artist Oil Colours with the exception of Ivory Black and Blue Black
  • All Georgian Oil Colours with the exception of Ivory Black, Prussian Green and Coeruleum Hue
  • All Cryla and Cryla Flow colours with the exception of Ivory Black
  • All Designer’s Gouache with the exception of Neutral Grey 2, Paynes Grey, Lamp Black, Cool Grey  1,2, & 3 and Warm Grey 1,2, &3.
  • All System 3 colours with the exception of Raw Sienna
  • Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Inks
  • Artist Inks
  • Rowney Block Printing Colours (Water Based and Oil Based)
  • Dalon and Cryla, brushes and series 260, 270 &280.
  • All painting surfaces and equipment with the exception of Saunders Waterford paper (gelatin sized), canvas panels (backing glue is an animal derivative) and rabbit skin size

Veganartstuff Post

Source: Mail contact 

Defet – da Vinci Brushes            status: 2017

All purely synthetic da Vinci brushes are free of animal derivatives (bristles and glue used). Pay attention to combination fibre brushes that also contain animal hair. 

Synthetic brushes – free of animal derivatives:

  • Casaneo (watercolour brushes)
  • Nova Synthetics,
  • Spin Synthetics,
  • Cosmotop Spin
  • Cosmotop series 5040
  • Effect Brushes and Pipe Overgrainers
  • Vario Tip
  • Top Acryl
  • Grigio Synthetics
  • College /Forte Acrylics
  • Impasto Top Acryl II
  • Junior Synthetics
  • Forte Synthetics
  • Forte Basic
  • Fit for school and hobby
  • Paint-finger
  • Manolino
  • Primo Synthetics

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Defet – da Vinci Brushes

Source: Mail contact

Deka Farben
(fabric paints)
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Delta Marker by Rotbart       status: March 2017

  • Alcohol Marker

Veganartstuff Post

Source: Mail contact

Derivan    status: April 19th, 2018

Australia based  Derivan  is a cruelty-free company with an array of different products.

Jul 18th ,2020 update: some watercolour shades contain oxgall (Derivan watercolour information sheet) several may contain honey (information via reader mail)

Except the one colour Ivory Black in the Matisse range, all Derivan and Matisse branded paints are vegan-friendly!

Here 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, …

Matisse is Derivan’s professional acrylics range

Source: Mail contact

Derwent                       status: 2017- Dec 2018

Derwent does not test on animals or commission animal testing. However, they cannot guarantee that all the raw material they use are free from animal testing.

List of vegan products:

  • All Derwent Coloursoft pencils
  • All Derwent Inktense
  • All Derwent Graphitint pencils
  • All Derwent Aquatone
  • All Derwent Metallics
  • All Derwent Graphitone
  • All Derwent Pastel Pencils and Pastel blocks
  • All Derwent Charcoal Pencils and Charcoal XL Blocks
  • All Derwent Graphite Blocks and Graphite XL Blocks
  • Derwent Graphic Pencils B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, 6H, 7H, 8H
  • All Derwent erasers
  • Graphik Line Painter and Line Maker
  • Derwent watercolour paper
  • all waterbrushes: water reservoir brushes with small, medium and chisel tip
  • water soluble sketching pencils

Derwent Ranges that are only partially free of animal derivatives:

Source: Mail contact; Derwent website


Derwent Homepage

Source: Mail contact


Eberhard Faber
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Etchall – products for etching glass         status: March 2018

Products free of animal ingredients:

  • Etching Crème
  • Dip n’ Etch
  • Vinyl Etchmask
  • Squeegee
  • Detail Pick Tool
  • Svivel Knife
  • … for more check out their website

Veganartstuff Post

Source: Mail contact


 status:  April 2nd, 2021

Faber-Castell is completely cruelty-free and has been so for more than  several decades  (more than 40 years), including their raw material suppliers. This does not only mean, they don’t test on animals and do not commission such testing but also their raw material suppliers don’t test or commission for the material they use. So no animal testing on any level, including MSDS (material safety data sheets) and raw material suppliers.

All listed products here are free of animal derivatives, including the manufacturing process and packaging.

cruelty-free status: cruelty-free on all levels 

Here is my updated (incomplete) list of products, free of animal derivatives :

  • Gelatos
  • all Faber-Castell coloured pencils (including Albrecht Dürer and Polychromos)
  • all graphite pencils
  • watersoluble graphite aquarelle pencils
  • Art Grip aquarelle pencils
  • Pitt Pastel pencils
  • Pitt Graphite Crayons e.g. 129902, 129905
  • Graphite Pure pencil 1173…
  • all mechanical pencils
  • all mechanical pencil refills; coloured and lead ones
  • jumbo lead pencils
  • graphite and polymer lead
  • indelible pencils (Kopierstifte)
  • Albrecht Dürer watercolour marker
  • regular erasers, kneadable erasers, pencil erasers
  • all Pitt Artist products
  • Pastel crayon Polychromos
  • Polychromos pastels (art. nr. 128 …)
  • tortillion / blending stump/ estompe/ Papierwischer
  • soft pastels
  • oil pastel crayons
  • foldable watercup
  • charcoal,  natural Pitt/ Zeichenkohle
  • charcoal (zeichenkohle)
  • graphite chalk/crayon (Graphitkreide)
  • natural charcoal 129114, 129116, 129118, 129122
  • compressed charcoal (Reißkohle) 129906, 129903, 129900, 129913, 129916
  • sanguine  crayon (Rötelkreide)
  • Creative Studio pastels
  • Creative Studio oil pastels
  • sharpener
  • ruler
  • Pitt Monochrome
  • Ecco Pigment
  • Grip lead pencils and mechanical pencils
  • Art & Graphic Water Brush
  • Goldfaber Coloured Pencils
  • Goldfaber Aqua Watercolour Pencils
  • Oil Colours (Creative Studio)
  • oil paint (tempera)
  • Creative Studio – watercolour paint in pans
  • watercolour starter set in tubes
  • Synthetic brushes (art. nr. 481600)
  • Broadpen
  • all ink
  • Graf von Faber-Castell inks
  • Faber-Castell ink
  • (ink) converter
  • Grip fountain pen
  • pastel textmarker
  • metallic textmarker
  • textliner 48
  • metallic textliner
  • notebooks DinA5 and DinA6
  • biros
  • biro lead
  • Fineschreiber 1511
  • Grip marker (flipchart, whiteboard, textmarker pens, permanent marker)
  • Grip Textmarker & Textliner
  • Multimark marker
  • all Uni-Ball products (attention: Faber-Castell is  the distributor not the manufacturer; so regard the information as ingredients based only)
  • felt pen and double-sided felt pens (Faserschreiber)
  • T-Shirt marker
  • Jumbo Grip neon
  • all chalk (alle Kreiden)
  • Connector Deckfarben (opaque paint in pans)
  • wax crayons 122540, 120010, 120024
  • thermoplastic wax crayons art. nr. 122540, 120404, 120405


Source: mail contact

Source: Mail contact

Fabriano                                           status: March 2017

All paper products, except three, are free of animal derivatives. The exceptions are Roma, Esportazione and Secolo XIII  

Veganartstuff Post

Source: Mail Contact

Finetec Perlcolors/ Perlglanzfarben      status: March 2017

  • Finetec Perlcolors/ Perlglanzfarben are free of animal derivatives

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Source: Mail Contact

Gelli Plates by Gelli Arts                     status: March 2017

  • gel printing plates

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Source: Mail contact

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(and Lyra belong to Fila group)
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Golden Paints

  • All acrylic products including mediums and varnishes

with the exception of:

Bone Black, Jenkins Green, Neutral Gray 2, Neutral Gray 3, Neutral Gray 4, Neutral Gray 5, Neutral Gray 6, Neutral Gray 7, Neutral Gray 8, Prussian Blue Hue, Terre Verte Hue, FLUID Bone Black, FLUID Jenkins Green, FLUID Prussian Blue Hue, MATTE FLUID Jenkins Green, MATTE Bone Black, MATTE Jenkins Green, HLA Bone Black, OPEN Bone Black, OPEN Jenkins Green


Williamsburg Oil Paints with the exception of Ivory  Black,  Cold Blackand Payne’s Grey

See Q for Qor watercolours

Veganartstuff Post

Source: Mail contact

Hahnemühle                                              status : 2017

All Hahnemühle FineArt paper products, technical papers and canvases are vegan friendly, with the exception of Photo Silk Baryta and PastellFix.

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Hahnemühle certificate of conformity


Source: Mail contact



Kaia Natural Watercolor                        status: August 2019

100% natural, plastic-free, all vegan watercolour in artist quality.

Kaia Natural Watercolor

veganartstuff blog post

source: mail contact, website


Kuretake                                       status: 2017 / 2018
Kuretake does not test on animals, but cannot confirm whether its raw material suppliers do or don’t test on animals to guarantee material safety (mail contact August 2018)

products free of animal ingredients (status: 2017)

  • Kuretake Fude Pensexcept the Fountain pen Shikatsuno series, the Fountain Brush pens have a brush tip made of animal hair
  • ZIG Cartoonist Inkexceptthe Sumi Ink
  • ZIG Kurecolor
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush
  • ZIG Waterbrush H20
  • Acrylista
  • Gansai Tambi including the Pearlescent and Starry Colours

Veganartstuff Post

Source: Mail contact

Lana Beaux Arts                                       status: 2017

All Lana Beaux Arts products distributed by Hahnemühle are suitable for vegans as well.  The gelatine used in the watercolour paper is not from an animal source.


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Hahnemühle certificate of conformity

Source: Mail contact

Lascaux                            status: March 2017

All Products, e.g.: Acrylic paints, Gouache, painting mediums, varnish, fixative, ink, synthetic brushes

with the exception of the acrylic colour Resonance Black

Veganartstuff Post


Source: Mail Contact

Liquitex                                  status March2017 / addition April 2018

All Paints, with the exception of the colour Ivory Black, mediums, varnish, synthetic brushes and knives are vegan friendly

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Source: Mail Contact

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(and Giotto belong to Fila group)
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Maimeri declined to reply

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status: February 25th, 2021

waiting for a reply; contacted via Acco (they are an Acco brand)

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Mon Marte

status: March 4th, 2021

they will look into my inquiry at a later date, when time opens up

Motip Dupli
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Natural Earth Paint

status: March 4th, 2021

all their natural pigments, earth paints and art supplies are free of animal derivatives, except their face paints, which contain beeswax.

cruelty-free status : undisclosed

Natural Earth Paint website


Source: mail contact

Nevskaya Palitra

status: February 15th, 2021

waiting for a reply



Old Holland
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Oozeq                                            status: Aug 2018

Oozeq is a vegan-friendly never dry putty/ plasticine by the cruelty-free company Oobleq.

It has a wide variety of application possibilities. More information in this post or on Oozeq’s website.

Source: Mail contact


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Pan Pastels by Colorfin                           status: Sep 2017

  • soft pastels are free of animal derivatives

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Source: Mail contact

Qor Watercolor

last updated: April, 2018

Manufacturer: Golden Paints

products free of animal derivatives: 

  • all Qor Watercolors, except Bone Black
  • Synthetic Ox Gall
  • Lift Aid
  • all Watercolor Mediums
  • all Watercolor Grounds

All of Golden Paints’ Gels, Mediums and Pastes are free of animal derivatives.

source: mail contact

Qor website


Waiting for a reply. Should be considered NOT vegan-friendly.

Royal & Langnickel
Waiting for a reply. Should be considered NOT vegan-friendly.

Royal Talens
CAVE: Products are NOT vegan-friendly!

  • Ecoline Brush Pen
  • Ecoline ink in jars

Veganartstuff Post

Source: Mail contact

Waiting for a reply. Should be considered NOT vegan-friendly.

CAVE: Products are NOT vegan-friendly!

  • All Akademie and College products:
  • Akademie Aquarell watercolours
  • Akademie Gouache
  • Akademie Acryl Color
  • Akademie Oil Color
  • College Oil
  • College Acrylic
  • College Linol
  • 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

Veganartstuff Post

Source: Mail contact

Waiting for a reply. Should be considered NOT vegan-friendly.


  • Touch Twin Markers/ Brush Markers
  • All ShinHanArt products are cruelty-free and almost all are vegan friendly.

Following products contain animal derivatives- are not vegan friendly: 

  • PWC, Extra Fine Artist’s Watercolor-No. 683 Ivory Black, contains  PBk9   
  • ShinHan Professional Korean Color-No. 302 Black, contains PBk9   
  • Sh Korean Color-No. 302 Black, contains PBk9 
  • ShinHan Professional Korean Color-No. 331 Snow White, contains gelatin
  • Painting Glue (Medium), contains gelatin

The pigment PBk9 is made of animal bones.

Veganartstuff Post

Source: Mail contact

Speedball Art                                  last update: Feb 2019

  • all products of the drawing & lettering lines(Super Pigmented Acrylic Drawing and Calligraphy Ink, Nibs, Pen Cleaner, Pen Holders -they have an oblique pen nib holder and offer also calligraphy products for left-handed people and a cartooning pen set; the Speedball Textbook, Elegant Writer, Calligraphy Fountain Pens and ink cartridges)
  • Following Block and Screen Printing Products:                                                        
  • water-soluble block printing ink
  • water-soluble block printing ink pearlescent base
  • water-soluble block printing ink retarder
  • water-soluble block printing ink extender
  • water-soluble block printing ink transparent extender base
  • fabric block printing ink
  • fabric block printing ink extender
  • water-soluble screen printing ink
  • acrylic screen printing ink
  • professional acrylic screen printing ink
  • fabric screen printing ink
  • opaque fabric screen printing ink
  • water-soluble transparent extender base (screen printing)
  • acrylic extender base (screen printing)
  • fabric and acrylic transparent base (screen printing)
  • fabric and acrylic screen retarder base
  • Professional Relief Inks
  • Glazes (Ceramics Products)

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Source: Mail contact

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Strathmore                                      status: March 2017

All Strathmore paper products are vegan friendly with the exception of Gemini Watercolour Paper.

Veganartstuff Post Vegan

Source: Website and mail contact

Stylefile (Publikat)                          status: Jul 2017

  • the Stylefile Marker
  • Marker Paper sketch-pads
  • sketch-books

Veganartstuff Post

Source: Mail contact

Terry Ludwig Pastels                    status: Nov 2018

Terry Ludwig Pastels is a cruelty-free company and all their pastels are vegan-friendly, with the exception of those containing bone black.

Source: Mail contact

Terry Ludwig Pastels website


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UHU                                              status : 2017

  • All glue products (examples
    Patafix, double sided tapes,
    Model building adhesives, double sided tapes and strips, Home & Office Tapes, Repair Tapes,
    Mounting & Construction Adhesives, adhesive, wood glues, contact adhesives, paper glues,
    Special adhesives, super glues, epoxy adhesives,

Veganartstuff Post

 Source: Mail contact      


Umton Barvy

last updated: February 19th, 2021

 Umton Barvy – Summary:

The only animal derived ingredient to be found in Umton’s artistic oil colours, tempera gouache and watercolours is PBk9 /Amorphous Carbon/ Bone Black in several colours (see attached PDF lists and colour listings on their website for more information).

At this time, there is no further information whether this applies only to the finished products or the manufacturing cycle as well.

Company cruelty-free status : undisclosed

Umton website

Umton: chemical composition

Composition of Colours – list received Feb 2021

Colour Index Numbers – received in Feb 2021

source: mail contact


Uniball Mitsubishi
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(checking the ingredients momentarily)
Waiting for a reply. Should be considered NOT vegan-friendly until cleared.

Viva Décor
Waiting for a reply. Should be considered NOT vegan-friendly.

Weber Art
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Winsor Newton

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Source: Mail contact




Zebra Pen
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