When I was at Jenn Dove's Arizona boot camp, I saw so many wonderful, clever ideas for storing copic markers. I liked bits and pieces of all of them, but I also know that I will never have all 358 markers. And I want the re-inkers for the markers I do have. So I combined what I saw and came up with something that is going to work for me!
I took the big copic storage bag (I hate the flimsy little storage bags in it) and inserted these chipboard boxes that I found at Hobby Lobby. It is an extremely tight fit!
Next, I cut the fluorescent light grid to go over just the bottom half of the boxes. Glued it on top of the boxes using E6000. There are 3 individual grids - 1 in the bottom of each of these boxes and my markers go perfectly straight down through the top grid and snap inside the bottom grid.
If I filled up all 3 grids I could easily store 147 markers across the bottom. More than enough for me!
My re-inkers are in the 2 top left boxes and the right top box stores my colorless blending solution in a variety of mister and drip bottles - plus my re-inking pens are in there.
It will sit on it's side with the top flap back up over the top on my shelf. I LOVE this! I can pull the markers out quickly to use....and there's room on the sides for a few other items (like the book I use to keep track of the colors I have)
and when I don't want to look at it, I just close the top!
Yet it's all in a single bag that has a nice shoulder strap and I can simply grab this and go when I'm off to the next crop or class. My airbrush system is on the shelf right under the copic storage.
Sometimes, you just have to give it a little thought to come up with the perfect solution for what works for you. Thanks to all of you at boot camp who shared your creative ideas!!
(just as a side note - my auto spell check wanted to use "ringer" or "reindeer" every time I typed in "re-inker"!!! Pretty funny!!)