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My marker storage

A little birdie told me there’s a 10% off sale at Ellen Hutson this week on all markers! Yes all markers! So to get you revved up, I figured I’d answer some questions I get asked a lot – and give you a heads up on a new class that’s around the corner.

PS an earlier version of this post listed the sale at 15%…I was wrong, sorry!!

How to store markers – vertically or horizontally?

The question never really came up until we were all told to store Distress Markers horizontally…then it got everyone panicking.

The rule of thumb: Look at the manufacturer website. Do they offer any storage options? Show any? They’ll show you the preference. But in general – the only markers that must be stored horizontally, as far as I know. are Distress markers. Everything else can go either way.

How do YOU store your markers?

I don’t have a “pretty’ system – no organized cabinets around this wacky studio. It’s cobbled together, but at least I’ve gathered all my markers in one area, right? Ha. The brown shelf pictured above is left over from a desk I once had. And the rest of the containers are pictured below – links in the supplies list at the end of the post.

What did you just say? New class?

Shhh! It’s a secret, just between you and me. It’s a Hex Art class I taught in my travels last year (peek at it in the photo at the top of this post), soon to be an online class – on the (shhhhhhhh) top secret new website. I don’t have a launch date yet, we’re tackling stuff behind the scenes. But it’s coming. Soon. (Please, God, soon. I’m losing sleep!)

If you’re looking for markers for the new class – it’s about the same list as for Copic Jumpstart.. If there were colors you didn’t get during that class that you wanted, this is a great time to stock up. (And if you haven’t taken Jumpstart yet – it’s the prerequisite for the new class, so….it’s a great time to nab a seat in class right now!)

And if you want ideas for colors for Jumpstart? Try this page – these will definitely get you through!


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

14 thoughts on “My marker storage

  1. For those that use the copic case, there is an insert you can use to organize the markers within the case. It is sold on etsy. Saves me from having to search for a co,or in the bags that come with the case, but it will not hold ALL the copic sketches

  2. What about liquid glue pens? Stored upright? Or horitonztal? So far I’ve found that all markets except copics must be stored horizontal. Including felt rolls per manufacturer which someone had said could be stored verticle.

    1. I *only* store Distress markers horizontally. Having no idea what glue pen you’re asking about, I have no input for you.

  3. Hi I was wondering do you have an issue with your Zig clean color brush markers fading???

    1. No but I never use them for anything I want to keep a long time. Most craft supplies aren’t lightfast.

  4. I store my markers in canvas totes from the container store on my utility cart. Got both the canvas totes and cart for Christmas.

  5. FYI…Stampin’ Up also says to store their markers horizontally. I bought a full set years ago, like 2003, and have stored them this way and they all still work.

  6. Hi Sandy, I ordered the Marker storage from Organize more, just what I have been looking for to store my Copics, Thanks a bunch.

  7. Yippee for the new class! I really enjoyed the Jumpstart class, looking forward to the follow up! By the way, Spectrum Noir markers must be stored horizontally according to the manufacturer and also from personal experience (grr!). I’m talking about the alcohol markers, not sure about their Aqua markers. Thanks for all the info on the post!

  8. Hi, Sany: Love all the info you provide! FYI, I believe that Copic Spica pens also have to be stored horizontally.

  9. Sandy… I tried the link you posted at Ellen’s site and it’s an error.. I subscribe to both so I came in from your site.. but Ellen’s site link is broken. Thanks for showing how to store your craft markers.

    1. I fixed it just now – thats what I get for blogging late on a Saturday night. LOL!

  10. Hex class? Like Copic color combos? I’m ready!

  11. Very helpful information. Look forward to the new Copic class. Thanks for the advanced notice. Plan to redo Copic Jumpstart for a refresher course before the new class begins.

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