Non-toxic pigments

Here is a list of non-toxic pigments I found on WetCanvas a while ago:


Ultramarine (PB29)


Phthalocyanine Blue GS (PB15:3)

Manganese Blue (PB33)


Pyrrole Red (PR254)

Anthraquinoid Red (PR177) (good substitute for Alizarin Crimson in oils)

Naphthol Carbamide (PR170)


Quinacridone Red Y (PR209)

Naphthol AS (PR188)


Benzimidazolone Yellow H3G (PY154)

Arylide Yellow RN (PY65)


Arylide Yellow 10G (Azo Yellow Light, PY3)

Barium Chromate Lemon (PY31)

Secondary Hue Positions

Ultramarine Violet (PV15)

Dioxazine Purple (PV23RS)

Phthalocyanine Green BS (PB7)

Viridian (PG18)

Chromium Oxide Green (PG17)

Perinone Orange (PO43)

Benzimidazolone Orange H5G (PO62)

Other pigments:

Yellow Ochre, Raw & Burnt Sienna, Raw & Burnt Umber, Red Oxide, Venetian Red, English Red Oxide, Mars Yellow, Mars Orange, Mars Red, Mars Brown, Mars Violet can all be considered completely safe too.

Another site with a list of pigments and their health hazards:

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