The following article
was written by Keegan Baur.
Art is about self-expression, beauty, and stress relief.
But, in my opinion, it can only be those things if no animals were harmed as a
result of an artwork's creation. Unfortunately, I haven't produced many
drawings or paintings since my college days (which were before I went vegan), but
I'd like to get back into the hobby. As a result, I recently pulled all my old
supplies out of a dusty corner in the back of my closet and wondered if they
were cruelty-free. The products themselves didn't seem to contain any
ingredient lists, so I became even more curious. I then began doing some online
research and quickly discovered how careful one has to be when purchasing art
supplies! Just take a look at this abbreviated list of vegan and nonvegan products:
Animal-Based Supplies Cruelty-Free SuppliesCochineal (scarlet dye) GraphiteOx gall (watercolor
paints) CharcoalRabbit skin glue (sizing
oil-painting canvases) Conte CrayonGelatin (gesso and watercolor papers) Walnut inkSepia ink Damar
inkIndia ink or Chinese ink Yupo
paper Bone charcoal Raw
fabricsNatural hair brushes Synthetic
brushesOil pastels Soft
You can check out the complete list at emptyeasel.com.
I was relieved to see that soft pastels and most Krylon
fixative sprays are cruelty-free, as these were my preferred medium while I was
in college. However, if I decide to expand my repertoire and purchase new oil
or watercolor paints and brushes, I will certainly have more research to do and
lots to keep in mind! As a vegan and fledgling artist, I know that I'll only be
able to find beauty in my future creations if my arsenal of art supplies is free
of animal products.
Is compassion part of your
palette? What are your favorite cruelty-free art supplies?
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.