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Finding somewhere that does vegan tattoos can be a difficult, its getting better now as a lot of studios stock vegan equipment and a lot of their staff are vegan too
So whats the problem? What makes tattoos not vegan? Some of the inks can have non vegan products in such as gelatin, the transfer paper can be made from lanolin, the razors used to shave skin might not be vegan, the after products are often not vegan too.
The best option about finding out if a tattoo parlour does vegan tattoos is to contact them yourself, however we’ll be putting together a list of places that do here:
Lots of tattoo studios recommend using bepanthen which isn’t vegan, however there are lots of vegan options available, these will often be available from studios but if not can be bought online before your tattoo is done
and I have slowly been trying them out. Some for a day or two, some for a week or two. They last well and are actually quite hard to get off. They take a bit of a scrub to get off. But that’s what you want really so they don’t rub off easily when worn. If clothing is worn over any with a clear area such as the rabbit, the colour can be picked up. I have been very pleased with them and can highly recommend them. Especially if your like me and like a change and wouldn’t find it easy to just pick one tattoo.
This is how you put them on. Cut close to picture, peel off top clear sheet, place where you want it and wet it. Slide off, dry and that’s it. To remove use soap and water and rub with a washcloth or similar for friction. The area will be a bit pink, but will soon recover ready for your next one.
Things I care about also sells these fabulous badges. I also got sent some of these and they are nice and large and good quality. Here is the ones they sell.
and they also sell fridge magnets and iron on patches and are expanding the products they sell all the time.
It’s a minefield, I know, but once you know what to look out for, it’s not so intimidating!
COMMON ANIMAL PRODUCTS IN ARTS AND CRAFT SUPPLIES
Natural Hair from hogs, squirrels, camels, goats and ponies are often used in paint brushes.
Shellac a resin like secretion from the female lac insect, used to give a glossy finish and as a binder in inks.
Cochineal comes from various types of lac, scale insects; its secretions are used to make a strong carmine dye.
Bone black made from the charring of bones to produce very dense black.
Ox gall a watercolour medium based on the animal protein from gall bladders of cattle, and improves paint flow.
Tempera paints use an egg to bind the pigments together, this paint has fantastic longevity and pre-dates oil painting.
Gelatin is obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water. It is usually obtained from cows or pigs and is commonly used to size paper and canvas.
Rabbit skin glue, also called hide glue, made by rendering an assortment of animal parts. Traditionally used in the preparation of gesso, as a sealant (size) on canvas (and wood panels) underneath gesso, and as a glue in some book making.
Casein in an adhesive binder made from the proteins in cow’s milk, and is commonly found in pencils.
Honey for many uses as a preservative, to increase colour vibrancy and smoothness.
Beeswax is also often used in pencils and crayons for smoothness.
They offer watercolor paints, artist’s pigments, and art supplies including brushes and paper. Will also be doing oil paints at a later date. Colors of Nature ships internationally from Canada
(Including Spectrum Noir)
“We do not knowingly use any animal products when producing any of our items, but unfortunately we cannot 100% guarantee that they are not included and this is why we do not specify it on the packaging.”
*UPDATE* “I can happily confirm that both of our canvas ranges are suitable for vegans, neither contain any animal by products. The wood is connected by a joinery process, so there is no glue involved, our canvas contains a mix of cotton and synthetic fibres (Premium is 100% cotton) and the Primer is a water based acrylic.” 13 Mar 2016
Watercolour, acrylic and oil paint, listed as vegan on Amazon.
Casaneo (watercolour brushes)
Cosmotop series 5040
Effect Brushes and Pipe Overgrainers
College /Forte Acrylics
Impasto Top Acryl II
Fit for school and hobby
All Coloursoft pencils
All Inktense pencils
All Graphitint pencils
All Art Bars
All Aquatone pencils
All Metallics pencils
All Graphitone pencils
All Pastel pencil and Pastel blocks
All Charcoal Pencils and XL Charcoal Blocks
Graphic pencils in the following grades only B, HB, F, H, H3, H4, H5, H6, H7, H8, and H9
“Elmer’s Glue is made from a chemical compound called polyvinyl acetate (PVA) resin emulsion […] Like you, we are also concerned about animal by-products/testing. […] While we do our best we cannot guarantee that some of the third-party, indirect suppliers are as sensitive to this issue as we are. We however, strongly encourage our direct suppliers to work with their partners to avoid these practices.”
All pencils, pens and erasers use inorganic and synthetic materials and materials of plant origin. Faber-Castell have not initiated any animal testing on products or materials for 22 years, and do not use casein glue in packaging.
Exceptions include beeswax crayons, feathers, seashells and some leather products.
FIRE MOUNTAIN GEMS – SWAROVSKI AND OTHER GLASS PEARLS
I was unable to contact Swarovski directly about their “crystal pearls” so I asked one of my favourite on-line jewellery-supply companies if they knew. An eService Contact Centre representative for Fire Mountain confirmed with Swarovski that the coating on their glass pearls is not made with any kind of animal by-products.
Neutral pH polyvinyl acetate glue thinned with distilled water. PVA provides a good size layer that seals the fabric but does not re-absorb atmospheric moisture, swell and shrink like rabbit skin glue does. PVA size also doesn’t tighten fabric like animal glue.
No gelatin in a Gelli Plate or any other animal products.
Ox-Gall is a wetting agent that improves the flow of watercolour paint, which usually comes from the gallbladder of cattle. Golden QOR Watercolour Synthetic Ox-Gall does not contain animal ingredients and would make an alternative when using watercolour paint.
They also do vegan gesso.
(Source: Gorilla Glue via email 21 Mar 2016)
Academy Acrylic (except those colours using “bone black” which is bone char)
Require that you ask for individual products one at a time!
Felt squares are made of acrylic and are wool free
Soya Wax Flakes
Their watercolour paints are are manufactured without the use of ox-gall, animal by-products or other dispersing agents. All the colours within the range (except Ivory Black PBk9 which is made from charred animal bones) are animal friendly.
Jackson’s Studio Synthetic Watercolour Brushes are made from the highest quality synthetic available, and so do not contain animal hair. There are also no animal products in the glues or varnishes used on the ferrules or handles, and so are completely free from animal ingredients.
Amy, who makes the MSP paints for Reaper Mini, said that she has never seen any animal-derived products in their bases or pigments. She also confirmed that, for Reaper’s models, the companies they work with use plastic resins, minerals, and inorganic chemicals only.
“Our paper is described as vellum but its not made of actual calfskin, modern day vellum rarely uses calfskin. Our paper is made from sustainable forest wood and wood by products. You are perfectly safe to use our paper.”
Series 13 PRIMAcryl, excluding 792 Ivory Black
Series 16 AKADEMIE Aquarell Watercolor
Series 17 Pastels, excluding 099 D Black
Series 18 Pigments, excluding 723 Ivory Black
Series 19 aqua-Linoprint, excluding 735 Ivory Black
Series 22 AKADEMIE Gouache (since May 2013)
Series 23 AKADEMIE Acryl color
Series 28 AERO COLOR Professional
Series 31 College Oil
Series 33 College Acrylic
Series 41 AKADEMIE Oil Color
“Thank you for taking the time in contacting STABILO. We try to avoid ingredients from animal sources as much as possible. Our ingredients are from plants, synthetic or from minerals. However, sometimes our suppliers cannot completely rule out that a precursor is from animal sources. In technical chemicals it can be possible that the supplier does not know the origins of some of his supplies with enough precision.”
“For the following products we can categorically state that they do not contain any raw materials of animal origin:
Plant-based and synthetic sizing for all papers, excluding the 500 Series Gemini Watercolour Paper.
No animal derived materials used.
“Animal testing has never been used or commissioned by us to test Sugru. We have also never commissioned such tests on raw materials either.
However, as a small company, we don’t have control over testing of raw materials by all of our suppliers and their suppliers. In some cases, for the safety of consumers, they may have been required in the past to have animal testing as part of their suite of health and safety procedures.
We would like to reassure you that we always endeavour to work with the most trustworthy and reputable suppliers and that ethics in business are something we take very seriously.”
All writing instruments, excluding pencils and coloured pencils.
Galeria Acrylic Colour range – excluding Ivory Black, Payne’s Gray
Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colour range – excluding Ivory Black
Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour range – excluding Ivory Black
Designers’ Gouache range – excluding: Ivory Black
Artists’ Pigment (Dry Ground) range – excluding Ivory Black, Carmine
Water Colour Mediums range – excluding Ox Gall, Lifting Preparation
Brush ranges – excluding 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.
Water colour papers – excluding Artists’ Water Colour Paper, Saunder’s Waterford Paper, Cotman Water Colour Paper
(Source: Winsor & Newton. via email, dated Aug 2016)
Winsor and Newton canvases, sized with an acrylic size before 2 coats of acrylic gesso. (13 Mar 2017)
All pens, apart from marker pens are vegan. The marker pens have wool in the tip.
(Source: Zebra Pens, via email received by Sarah Kate, dated 7 Oct 2016)
A NOTE REGARDING ACMIART
Some manufacturer websites indicate their products have a certification seal from The Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI). You can also find these seals on the products themselves.
“ACMI-certified product seals (AP Non-Toxic and CL Cautionary Labelling) indicate that these products have been evaluated by a qualified toxicologist and are labelled in accordance with federal and state laws. Each product in the program undergoes extensive toxicological testing that covers both acute and chronic toxicity concerns before it is granted the right to bear the ACMI certification seal.”
There are many alternatives to animal-testing. However, a representative from ACMI noted via email that “there may be instances where there aren’t other reliable test methods available.” Keep in mind that once a product has been evaluated and certified, there is no need to keep testing. Unless laws change, or new information surfaces about health risks. What’s “cruelty-free” today, may not have been decades ago, and may not be tomorrow. Due to the nature of federal laws for public safety, and the slow adoption of alternatives to animal-testing for many decades, it may not be possible to find a chemical/pigmented product in the U.S. that was never tested on animals, either as a finished product, or during evaluation of component ingredients. I choose not to hold today’s companies accountable for those possible past sins if they express a position against animal testing today.
www.acminet.org (contacted re: toxicological testing and the ACMI certification process for art and craft supplies)
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I have been reading about stretching food out to make it go further and save money. So I thought I’d give it a try. This is based on what someone else posted on a forum using meat mince and I’ve adapted and added to it. Unfortunately I don’t have reference to who posted the original that gave me the inspiration to give it a go. So if you are reading this, thank you.
2 garlic cloves
2 stock cubes made up into 1 pint water
454g pack of veggie mince (could also use a 600g pack)
2 cans of toms
3 carrots (grated)
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
½ tsp cinnamon
2 handfuls of oats
2 handfuls of lentils
Peel and mince garlic and leave to one side. Fry onions and then add stock and cook until soft. Add rest of ingredients, except garlic, bring to boil and then turn down heat to a simmer. Add garlic. Cook for 30 minutes.
Basic mix can now be made into several dishes which can then be frozen for later. Or the basic mix can be frozen and then made into other dishes later as required. Do not freeze finished dishes if using frozen mix.
Dishes which can be made using vegetarian mince
Stew – add more liquid, veg and gravy powder. Serve with dumplings.
Spaghetti Bolognese – Serve with spaghetti and you’ve got Bolognese
Lasagne – add more tomatoes to stretch it further and follow a lasagne recipe
Chilli non carne – add chilli powder, kidney beans and cocoa. Extra veg can be added such as mushrooms and sweetcorn.
Shepherds pie – topped basic mix with mash and cook.
New potato topped mince bake – Stir peas into basic mix. Top with slices of boiled new potatoes
Stuffed vegetables (such as courgettes, peppers or marrow)
Mix with cooked rice and cook in scooped out blanched vegetable.
Pasties – Add diced cooked potato and swede to basic mix and use shortcrust pastry for pasties
Pies – Add cooked mushrooms to basic mix and use puff pastry for pies.
Divided basic mixture into 4 portions
Stew for 2
Add to pan with about half again of water and some basic gravy powder mixed with cold water. Then I added a handful of peas and a handful of sweetcorn. Made some dumplings and simmered with lid on for 10 minutes.
Top with mash to make shepherds pie for 1
Serve with spaghetti for spaghetti Bolognese for 1
Make into chilli for 2 served with rice. Add 1 can of kidney beans (extra cans of different beans can also be added if you want to make a mixed bean chilli) to basic mince mix, ½ tsp chilli powder (more to taste if you like it hot), 1 can of tomato, 1 clove of garlic minced and left for 10 minutes first. I also added handful of sweetcorn, 1 tbsp cocoa powder. If you have any mushrooms you can add these also.
Depending on how much veg and how many cans of beans you have used, you may have enough for 3 or leftovers. If there are any leftover, you could serve in wraps or tortillas with strips of fried peppers and rice for a Mexican burrito dish.
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