Good morning my friends how are you all this lovely sunny morning? Its soooo beautiful up here today I may muster some energy up later & take the dogs a walk along the beach......we'll see lol.
Well last night I finished my Copic/Promarker storage or should I say part finished I've still got to add number & colour stickers lol. I thought I would show you my nearly finished project. Now this isn't my idea I saw it somewhere on the net last summer I think it was but I dismayed it as I already had Promarker storage at the time that suited my needs. However needs change & my storage had to. Most of you know that I use Promarkers & Copics & Prisma pencils but they come in their own storage tin, I do tend to colour more with Copics lately..... Anyway I dont have a particular place to colour I have a desk in the conservatory where I do my colouring or I do it in my craft room, in my bedroom & even the living room I love to just sit & relax & colour images. Due to this I need storage that is much more mobile cus in the summer I love to also sit in the garden or on the hammock & colour images......its soooo relaxing lol.
So a few months ago a brought a case off Ebay....a large one so I can have all my pens in one place & altogether........yes its took me 3 months to get my ass in gear & do this lol.
This is a large aluminium cd case otherwise know as DJ Flight Case as us DJ's use them for carrying our cds & mps3 discs.......I have 5 large ones up the attic full of mp3 disks from our days as DJ's lol.
Anyway you can get this one here
WARNING PHOTO HEAVY.
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IMPORTANT (I think anyway lol)
Now I would like to point out an important factor, the cases known as DJ Flight Case normally have the handles at the front which would be better to avoid for this storage solution to work at its best. Try get the ones with the handle on top like the one above.......things stay in the same place when carrying then, nothing gets tipped up!!
The cases come with plastic cd cases inside with the plastic strips on which just slide along the top. The lid of the case I use it to keep my clipboard which I ALWAYS use to colour on I know if the ink seeps through the paper it just seeps onto the clipboard. I also have my Copic Colour Chart & my Promarker colour charts there as well which are both laminated so they are always protected.
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO USE THE SAME CARD FOR DOING THESE CHARTS AS YOU DO FOR IMAGES THAT WAY YOU WILL GET THE TRUE COLOUR YOU ARE WANTING TO ACHIEVE.
Now I havnt been on Copics for that long & whilst I do have all the Ciao colours I only have a few sketch lol. The copics have still got have all their number stickers on the lids saying what number they are. I only buy sketch if I want a colour that isnt in the Ciao. The promarkers do have some stickers on from when they were in my old storage however I didnt keep up with it unfortunately & then has they ran out I did the silly thing of throwing them away lol.
Yes I also keep a few images in the lid as well lol.
I am in the middle of putting all the colour spots on the promarker lids. To make it easier I've just printed off another Promarker chart (using the same card as I do for images) I'm going to colour each square up & then once they are all coloured I will punch small spots out of each colour & attach them to the Promarkers lids. So just by looking at the lids you will see roughly what colour it is or at least what row its in, depends how to want to sort your pens.
The cases fit more Copics in as they are slimmer even the sketch as you can turn them on their side. I've put my copics in order according to my colour chart so when I refer to my chart to see what colour I want to use I know what row its in so you can either find the right pen(when numbered it will be easier lol) or you can take the whole case out (like pic above) & then you put it back once finished.
I also keep spare cases in & I have a case with some pen lids in off old pens cuse incase 1 cracks or I lose one. I have a case for copic lids & one for Promarkers. Also a good tip once you have put the coloured spots on your lids when the pen runs dry & you throw the pen keep the lid then rather than have to re-spot it you can just transfer the old lid onto your new pen. I learnt this through not doing this myself hence why so many no longer have spots.....it took me a while click onto that idea lol. I am holding a spotted lid in the pic.....sorry about the lens cover showing, not enough hands lol.
My whole case of pens. My Copics & Promarkers all in the one place & all mobile so I can take it wherever I want & my handle is on top so the pens always stay in their position. I did have the cd/dvd rack storage for my promarkers but that only works if you stay in the one room all the time I dont as I like to spend as much time with the family as I can so this works perfect for me. Even if the boys are playing on the Wii or the xbox with their dad instead of their own rooms I sit in the living room & colour some images.......the stress levels I witness when the men are on their games is so funny I do end up laughing more than colouring lol.
Anyway thats it for me I'm gonna peg out my sons bedding outside & then have a little play down the bottom of my garden in my little hobbit....well large-ish hobbit lol.
Thank you so much for stopping by I hope I maybe given you some idea's about storage or at least found this interesting to some point lol.
Will be back later with some sort of creation.....I hope lol.
Toodles til then