As many consumers become conscious of their products, brands are beginning to catch up with the demand. The market is shifting to accommodate more vegan products, not just in beauty products but also in home care products. The art and craft niche is not left behind either. 

In the past, a lot of the art and craft supplies had one or more animal derivatives. From the hairs on brushes to honey, beeswax and animal proteins for dyes. But we are seeing a shift in the market where brands are embracing synthetic hairs and using plant-based proteins for adhesives. 

While this is good news, the problems come in identifying the real vegan products from market-speak vegan products on the shelves. We have tried to narrow down to some of the best vegan art and craft supplies available in the UK, so that next time you feel crafty, you can just sit down (on your faux fur cushion?), relax, and enjoy some cruelty-free art.

Note; the below information is from some vegan sites and selling sites with indication of products being vegan. While we strive to give you the correct information, some of it could be untrue. Please DOUBLE CHECK the products again before buying.

Animal derivatives common in art and craft supplies 

The first step is knowing what animal derivatives to look for in art and craft supplies. Below are the most common ones;

  • Hair – from squirrels, hogs, goats, ponies, and camels are usually used in paint brushes 
  • Cochineal – comes from lac, a secretion from scale insects. The scales are mostly from the female cochineal insect, and contains carmic acid. This acid is used in the production of carmine dye, which gives some shades of “red dye”, including scarlet and crimson. Fyi, cochineal dye is also often used to color foods and drinks (such as energy drinks).
  • Gelatin – made from boiling pigs or cows tendons, skin, bones, and ligaments in water. It is often used in sizing canvas and paper 
  • Bone charcoal – for making dense black. Bones from animals, mostly pigs and cows are heated and ground to char. The end product of this is the bone charcoal. a process that removes  
  • Rabbit skin glue – for sizing for wood panels and canvases for oil paintings, as well as a glue when making some books. It is also referred to as hide glue. It is produced by boiling of rabbit collagen, a protein from the connective tissues of the animal’s body. 
  • Beeswax – comes from honey bees, from the Apis genus. Hive worker bees use this wax to create cells that act as storage for honey and protection for larval and pupal. Beeswax has been used for ages as a waterproof and lubricant agent, in cosmetics and candle making. In art and craft, it is used to enhance the smoothness in crayons and pencils 
  • Casein – common in pencils. It is an adhesive binder that uses proteins in a cow’s milk. Fun fact; Ancient Egyptians used Casein to fix pigments in their wall paintings. 
  • Honey – a preservative that enhances the smoothness and colour vibrancy. It is produced by honey bees and other insects in the Hymenoptra order like wasps and sawflies.

Once you’ve decided on the optimal crafts set, make sure to go one step further in your vegan journey you have a look at our other guides like our recommended vegan toothpastes and deodorants for your vegan personal care.

Still motivated to go one step further? Dressing vegan just got a whole lot easier. Start with our faux leather jackets and vegan trainers.

We no further delay, let’s jump into the arts and craft selection:

Vegan Brushes

Crafts 4 All

Everything about these brushes is vegan- from the sustainable wood handle to the nylon hair for acrylic watercolour oil paintings. It comes in a set of 12, but there is also a set of 10 brushes of different sizes and uses.

Princeton 4850 Series set

The Princeton Aqua Elite brush uses synthetic fibres, different from the common natural Kolinsky brushes. It also has better performance, appearance and durability. The brush has a wooden handle from FSC wood. 


These sets of brushes are perfect for beginners and experienced artists. You can also use the brushes for oils and acrylics. The hairs are made from nylon instead of animal hair. 

Raphaël Kaërell 8796 Series

It is perfect for large-scale paintings, backgrounds and primers. This brush is ideal for watercolour, acrylic or water. The hair of the brush is synthetic and absorbs less colour compared to a natural hairbrush. 

Conda Brushes

This is a set of 24 brushes made from synthetic filaments and wooden handles. The handle is lightweight, giving you more control and comfort. The synthetic filaments hold more paint, saving you time and a better finish. 

Vegan Acrylic Paint

Crawford & Black

Set of 20 tubes.


Set of 6 tubes each 20 ml


Has vegan acrylic paint except for the Ivory Black, NeUtral Grey V5, Paynes Grey, Per Green Deep, Hookers Green Deep, Blue Grey, Prussian Blue Hue, and Parchment. 

Daler- Rowney System 3 Range

The System 3 range has a total of 53 colours, vegan products, apart from the Raw Sienna acrylic paint colour. System 3 acrylic paints are water based, and dries fast.

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Daler-Rowney Cryla and Cryla Flow

Has a range of 87 colours, vegan ones, except the Ivory Black colour. It is heavy with a buttery feel and ideal for any artist after a wide array of impasto effects.

Winsor & Newton Galeria Flow

All vegan except the Payne’s Gray and Ivory Black colours.

Windsor & Newton Finity Set

The Ivory Black and the Paynes Gray are not vegan.

Grumbacher Academy Acrylic Range

Vegan acrylic paints except for the PBk9 one that is made using bone char. 

Schmincke PRIMAcryl Paints

The Ivory Black paint is not vegan, so avoid it.

Schmincke Aero Colour Professional

All the acrylic paints in this range are vegan, from 2013 to date. 

Vegan Glue or Adhesives

3L Adhesive Runner

It is vegan and perfect for scrapbooking

Mod Podge Adhesives

All vegan range of adhesives

Uhu All Glue Product Line

All available glues are vegan

Sugru Moldable Glue

All vegan glues


A vegan water-based adhesive

Canvas and paper

Blick Canvas

The entire range of Blick canvas is vegan

Windsor & Newton

Different sized vegan canvas made from cotton

Loxley Gold Deep Canvas

Different sized canvas made from cotton


A wide range of vegan watercolour paper 

Canson Moulin Du Roy Paper

A wide range of art vegan paper made through moulding using 100% cotton, for water-colouring purposes. The sizing is made using starch

Crawford and Black Canvas

A range of vegan canvas made from cotton

Strathmore art papers

Made from plant ingredients and synthetic sizing. Only the 500 Gemini watercolour series is not vegan.

Fabriano Artistico White Watercolour Paper

A wide range of vegan papers, sized both internally and externally using a gelatin-free sizing. It is best for ink, charcoal, gouache, watercolour, acrylic, drawing and graphite. It is made using cotton and mould-made, making it 100% vegan.

That’s a long article… isn’t it? Fancy a break? We’ve also selected awesome vegan alternatives. You can start with a vegan soap, then continue with a vegan concealer and eventually finish with a new hair colour with our list of hair dyes?

Vegan Ink

Akua Intaglio

This is a soy-based with different colour choices. The Extender and the Liquid Pigments have honey.

Clearsnap Ink

A variety of vegan and acid-free ink choices

Speedball Professional Relief Ink

This range has oil-based inks and is washable using soap and water. These are ideal for dry paper.

Daler Rowney

This Daler Rowney’s vegan ink comes in a set of 6 colours, all of which are vegan. This set of liquid acrylic inks are waterproof, lightfast, comes with dipping pens and brushes, and ready to use. You can also intermix the colours for a desired coat.

Ecoline Ink jars

A variety of vegan watercolour inks in 30 ml jars. These are best for designers, drawers and illustrators. It comes with a pipette for ease in use and using the exact amounts. 

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