(This is an on-going project post)


It’s sometimes kind of difficult to make sure that craft/art supplies are vegan…so, this is something for me to compile when I’m randomly surfing the internet. If you’d like to make a suggestion about products to look into, feel free to comment here, or contact me by e-mail.


Polymer Clay


Eberhard Faber: Makers of Fimo products. An e-mail from customer service states that these are vegan and not tested on animals; this apparently extends to all Fimo products including varnishes.


Polyform: Sculpey/Premo/SuperSculpey. This quote from their website says they’re free from animal products:

“In addition, all of our products are free of wheat, gluten, sulfur, dairy, nuts, latex and animal by-products, and they are never tested on animals.”


Van Aken: Makers of Katoclay and paints. An e-mail response states that no animal products or by-products are used according to their raw material data sheets, and that to their knowledge, no animal testing is conducted in conjunction with their products.



Specific company policies are below, but things to watch out for with artistic materials are animal hair brushes, certain pigments in paints and the materials used in sizing on artists’ papers.


Winsor & Newton:

artists materials such as paints and inks. They have a handy guide to which of their products contain animal by-products here.



artists materials, including pastels and paints. The company will send a list of products containing animal by-products if asked, but lines which ARE free from animal products are: All Derwent Coloursoft pencils, Derwent Graphitint pencils, Derwent Aquatone, Derwent Metallics, Derwent graphitone, Derwent Pastel blocks.


Strathmore: Artist’s papers. They state on their website here that:

We do NOT use any animal products as part of our sizing process. We use plant-based and synthetic sizing.


Fabriano: Artists papers. A quotation from here states that Fabriano Artistico Traditional White Watercolor Paper is:

“synthetically sized both internally and externally so that no animal by-products are used.”

Holbein: Their watercolour paints are:

“Without ox-gall, other animal by-products or other dispersing agents…”



Elmer’s Glue: US manufacturer of glue. From their site:

Elmer’s does not use animals or animal parts to make glue. Our products are made from synthetic materials and are not derived from processing horses, cows or any other animals.


Plaid Products: US makers of Modge Podge, among other things. They state that:

“None of Plaid products contain animal products or by products of animals. None of Plaid products contain food products or by products of food. None of Plaid products are animal tested.”

Jacquard: Paints, inks and powders. According to customer service, the only products that should not be free from animal products/by-products are their waxes, their inkjet sheets, certain brushes and their silks, so everything else is apparently vegan.


Diamond Glaze: A clear adhesive used for many media. Their customer service states that Diamond Glaze is suitable for vegans, and not tested on animals.

Epson Photo Papers: An e-mail response states: “We do not use any animal fats or squid inks in our products,” and a page for this information is currently being set up here regarding the use of animal by-products, although it is under construction. It may be worth confirming this one for yourself if you’re not sure.

Note: this is intended as a guide only, and relies on information provided by the companies. It is not meant to be an endorsement. Information was gathered from Jan 2010 onwards.


Additional Contributers: VeganGurl, Starrlight Jewelry, Sheilah, Veganessa.


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