Cruelty-free Art Supplies
March 5, 2018 by Diane Marcotte
Although I find it difficult to find art supplies that do not include some animal product or by-product I strive to use those that are produced without any animal suffering. Thankfully there are many brands of synthetic brushes on the market and I’ve written about them at http://dianemarcotte.com/blog/animal-friendly-brushes/. But brushes are a small part of our art. We use various substrates, paints, inks, tools, etc. Can we use quality items and still be sure that no animals are harmed in the process?
Companies are usually very good at answering our questions and I’ve found a recent online blog post that addresses this issue at https://doublecheckvegan.com/vegan-art-supplies/. If this is a topic that interests you please read their blog and check out the products you currently use.
Bone Black, and some Ivory Blacks, aren’t vegan and are often the only colour in a company’s range (along with greys, etc that contain it) that is non-vegan. Thankfully many companies have alternative blacks.
Unfortunately two very popular paper products have gelatin sizing – Canson Mi Teintes and Arches Watercolour Paper.
I use many Faber-Castell’s products and their answer as to whether their products are vegan is posted on their website and reads:
“Faber-Castell is not using animal based ingredients with the exception of Beeswax Crayons which
contain natural beeswax. The wax is harvested sustainably and the hive and bees are left unharmed.
Some of our Creativity for Kids craft kits contain naturally fallen feathers and naturally
abandoned sea shells – in other words empty shells.
Leather Products & Accessories are found in our Graf von Faber-Castell and Design Brands.
The binder for the PITT India ink is a plastic dispersion resin. We are not using shellac or gelatin.
We use inorganic and synthetic pigments to achieve the color of “sepia”.
“Carbon black” is based on oil, coal or wood. We are not using black pigments based from
animals (e. g. bones).
Please rest-assured, Faber-Castell does NOT test on animals!”
Other sites that address this issue are:
If there is a cruelty-free alternative to any art product you use I encourage you to try it out. The animals thank you.
Please check out my Fine Art America website at – https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-diane-marcotte.html?tab=artwork – to view my art.
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