How to Store Markers and Pens

Markers and pens seem like they wouldn’t take up much space until you have a big collection of them. The more pens you have, the harder it gets to keep the ink flow consistent. As a result, people end up throwing out their marker pens prematurely. 

If you’re struggling with ways to store pens so that they last longer, check out the tips below. You could end up saving so many markers and not have to continuously update your art supplies.

Dual-Ended Markers

When it comes to storing dual-ended markers, you may find that storing them vertically dries out one end more than the other. To prevent this stifled ink flow, make sure these pens and markers are stored in a horizontal position. 

Sharpie Markers

Sharpie pens are mostly alcohol-based markers that include alcohol-based ink, meaning that they should be stored horizontally. This ensures that you keep the ink flowing and evenly distributed. 

Fineliner Pens

Most fineliner pens include water-based ink or oil-based ink. The tip is usually fiber or plastic and these pens and markers should be stored upside down with the tip pointing downwards. 

Brush Pens

There are alcohol-based brush pens, as well as water-based brush pens. Make sure to store brush pens that contain alcohol horizontally to prevent the ink from drying out too quickly. 

As far as water-based brush pens are concerned, you can store them vertically or horizontally. 

Felt Tip Pens

When it comes to felt tip pens, the best way to store these markers correctly is vertical. This prevents the felt tip fibers from drying out too quickly  

Gel Pens

It’s important to prevent too much pressure on the tip of gel pens.  Therefore, keeping the tip up is best to store gel pens. You may need to draw a few strokes to bring the ink back to life.


If highlighters are one of your art tools, you should store the markers upside down with the nib pointing downwards. This ensures that the ink inside stays close to the tip.

Fountain Pen

It’s best to store fountain pens horizontally. This stops the ink from flowing too heavily towards the cap and leaking whilst also ensuring that it doesn’t completely drain away from the tip. Storing these pens in a pen case horizontally is a great option. 

Ballpoint Pens

Ballpoint pens should be stored with the tip facing downward to prevent them from drying out. These pens include slower-moving ink meaning that you don’t have to worry about it leaking. A pen pot is ideal for ballpoint pens. 

Also read: How to Clean Paint Marker Nibs


The way you store pens with water-based liquid ink compared to alcohol markers makes a difference.

After reading through our post about how to store pens and markers, we hope that you’re feeling more assured about the best approaches to take depending on the types of markers that you use. 


Is it bad to keep art pens in direct sunlight?

Ideally, you shouldn’t store your pens in sunlight. The UV rays can damage your pens, regardless of whether they’re vertically laying or stored horizontal. Instead, keep them in a marker storage box.

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