Not much news about Holbein

Recently I was asked about Holbein again and whether only the pigments for the coloured pencils get dispersed with a small amount of animal fats/ oils.

I looked up my correspondence from 2017 and from October and November of 2023.

Their reply of March 2017 does not conclude only the pigments in the coloured pencils were meant but the reply was about pigments used in their products.

In November 2023, they let me know, that back in 2017, they only considered the pigments in the coloured pencils not all the ingredients used in the coloured pencils. They confirmed in Oct and Nov 2023, that also the wax used in the coloured pencils was of animal origin (animal fat).

We cannot automatically deduce only the pigments used in the coloured pencils product line were dispersed with animal fat/oil. It was not specified in 2017 and in Okt and Nov 2023 there is only the comparison drawn that they looked only at the pigments in the coloured pencils not the other ingredients used for the coloured pencils.

They still are learning about what is vegan/ free of animal derivatives and the nuances. Back in 2017, being approached with the topic was new to them.

They used the past tense in their correspondence from late last year (2023), so I do not know, whether they have changed ingredients and the material used as surfactant to disperse the pigments.

A small side note: in March 2017, brush cleaners contained squalene from deep sea sharks (Brush Cleaner LT and Odorless Brush Cleaner); some products contained bone black, ox gall or animal based glue. (again old information from 2017)

Touching the cruelty-free topic, they stated in Nov 2023, they themselves do not test on animals.

Here is my Holbein compendium entry.


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Cruelty-free companies offering vegan-friendly products:

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Colors Of Nature – earth-friendly artist’s paint

Colors of Nature is an environmentally conscious, ethical, cruelty-free and 100% vegan company, producing and selling vegan art supplies only.

Colors of Nature Product Range:

  • 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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Touch Twin Markers and other products by ShinHanArt

Manufacturer: ShinHanArt

The Touch Twin Markers/ Brush Markers are vegan friendly. The ink is refillable and the nibs are replaceable.

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.


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vegan Products by Schmincke

Manufacturer: Schmincke

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 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


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