How to Store Copic Markers

How to Store Copic Markers

Learning how to properly store your Copic markers ensures that they can last you longer. There are several marker storage strategies available and this post outlines the best methods. 

By the end, you’ll have multiple Copic marker storage ideas that you can start implementing right away.

Checking the Cap

First of all, you should always make sure that your marker cap is on when it’s not being used. This is a frequently overlooked but simple solution to storing your markers that prevents the nib drying. 

This is especially the case if you’re using alcohol-based ink as the ink from an alcohol-based Copic marker can dry out very quickly. 

Using Containers

Using containers to store your Copic markers into color groups is an easy way to identify colors quickly whilst you’re engrossed in creating. 

One of the ways that I store all my markers is by keeping them in the package that they arrived in. This is because I can use the packaging to organize the alcohol markers by letters.

Alternatively, you can organize your Copic markers into color families yourself. Make sure that they’re stored horizontally and organized into clear sections. 

Keep Away From Sunlight

Keeping your Copic marker storage away from direct sunlight is incredibly important. This is because direct sunshine can cause the plastic to erode faster and can dry out the ink faster. As a result, people end up replacing their Copic markers prematurely. 

Make sure that you’re storing Copic markers in a dry and cool space away from heat sources. 

Rubber Bands

Using rubber bands to organize and store Copics in cardboard boxes or containers is a must if you have a lot of art supplies. 

Start by organizing your Copic marker set based on the letters. This ensures that you can quickly and easily access specific colors and shades whilst drawing or writing. 

Once you’ve organized your markers into color groups, use the color wheel to further organize them. Next, use a rubber band to group the markers before having them stored horizontally in your container. 

Also read: How to Refill Copic


After reading through our post on the best strategies for storing Copic markers, we hope that you’re feeling more confident about doing so for yourself. There are a few ways that you can store these pens and you can incorporate these methods.

The key things are to make sure that the marker caps are on when they’re not being used and that they’re stored away from direct sunlight. You can then organize your markers based on color groups and shades to make them easier to access. 


Should you store Copic markers vertically or horizontally?

The best method for storing Copic markers is horizontal. This is because it prevents the ink from pooling at one end of the marker. When you store Copic markers horizontally, you allow the ink to spread more evenly which provides you with a more reliable flow of ink. 

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