Vegan Art Supplies – A Winsor & Newton Update

A couple years ago I did a post on cruelty free art supplies. At the time I hadn’t heard back from Winsor & Newton on the make-up of their products.  I use W&N gouache, so I never really knew what might be in my paint.


Recently a nice guy named Brian ran across my post and emailed me a detailed answer he’d received from Winsor & Newton regarding animal products in their art supplies. He gave me permission to re-post it here:

What follows is the helpful reply I got from Winsor & Newton after emailing them to ask which of their materials are animal-free:

This list relates to current materials. Check labels for pigmentation for older product as formulations may have changed.


Complete Artists’ Water Colour range.

The following colours in our Cotman Water Colour range – Viridian Hue, Raw Umber, Ivory Black.

The following colours in our Artists’ Oil Colour range – Blue Black, Carmine (genuine, discontinued), Ivory Black.

Artists’ Oilbar range – Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray.

Winton Oil Colour range – Ivory Black, Raw Umber.

Artists’ Acrylic Colour, Finity range – Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray

Galeria Flow Formula Acrylic Colour range – Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray

Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colour range – Ivory Black

Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour range –Ivory Black

Following colours contain Ox Gall in the Designers’ Gouache range – Raw Sienna,Winsor Green,Spectrum Yellow,Intense Blue,Sky Blue,Purple Lake,Prussian Blue,Linden Green,Ivory Black,Grenadine,Flame Red,Burnt Umber,Bengal Rose,Primary Blue,Lamp Black,Spectrum Violet.

Artists’ Pigment (Dry Ground) range – Ivory Black, Carmine

Contain animal derived ingredients: Complete Drawing Inks range

Contain animal derived ingredients – The following in our Water Colour Mediums range – Ox Gall, Lifting Preparation

Contain animal derived ingredients – The following brush ranges –

Series 7, Series 7 Miniature, Series 16, Series 3A Designers’ Sable, Cirrus Kolinsky Sable, Pure Squirrel Pointed Wash Brushes, Pony & Goat Hair Mop Brushes, Goat Hair Mop Brushes, Sceptre Gold II, Artists’ Hog, Winton Hog, Azanta Hog.

Contain animal derived ingredients – Water colour papers – Artists’ Water Colour Paper, Saunder’s Waterford Paper, Cotman Water Colour Paper


Calligraphy Inks range, Poster Paint, Artists’ Soft Pastels. Artguard does not contain any animal derived materials.

Bockingford Water Colour Paper can be used as it is not externally sized with an animal derived size.

Wow! That is such a great, detailed list. It also bums me out a little, because I use a lot of primary blue, and I’ll need to kick prussian blue to the curb (never really liked it anyway), and I need to get a new black. Guess I need to figure out some replacements!

Thanks so much for the info Brian, and for letting me share it.

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2 Responses

  1. Mark Stryker says:

    Hello Lesley,

    Thank you for compiling this list. I wanted to let you know that I work for a Canadian manufacturer of artists’ paints called Colors of Nature. We make a certified vegan and cruelty-free watercolor paint and provide vegan art supplies like Hahnenmuhle paper, Tree-free organic paper, brushes, soap and soon we will have oil paints and encaustic pucks.

    Our purpose is to provide earth-friendly vegan and cruelty-free art supplies so that you don’t have to worry about asking what is in a product before purchasing it.

    Thanks again for helping to inform and educate consumers about their choices.

    BTW, we have a natural black iron oxide that is mineral based not bone or petroleum derived.

    • Lesley says:

      Hi Mark! I just found your comment, it got stuck in with the spam. 🙁 I’m going to take a look at your products and spread the word! Thanks for letting me know!

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