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Friday, 13 May 2016

Pen storage...

...and some new additions to my 'pen' collection.

At the beginning of the year when Tim Holtz announced his new products at CHA, I was very taken with the storage tins for the Distress markers. As you can see...
 ...I now have three of them and they are perfect for what I am storing in them. In tin one...
 ...are my Distress crayons. Now you could argue that these are not 'pens' but they are pen-shaped so I think they "fit the bill". There are currently 18 crayon colours that come in 3 wallets - they fit very comfortably in the tin still in their wallets and there is plenty of space for the additional colours that Tim was hinting at.

My Distress markers have lived in the clear tubes that they arrived in and if I hadn't misplaced the 12 shades that came out the year of the "Four seasonal" releases, they wouldn't all fit (the 12 colours for 2015 have made the clear tubes very snug)...
 ...but here they are all together in a single tin and there is still room for my water brush and a few more pens should Mr Holtz come up with some new colours.

My third tin is home to my latest addition to my pen collection - the Zig Clean Color pens...
 ...which are a bit shorter than the other items I am storing in these tins as they are single ended. So far I have 20 (there are 80 colours in the range) and the brush nibs are lovely for fine detailed stuff right up to broader strokes for covering larger areas. The pens come as singles or in a variety of packs - 4pks, 6pk, 12pk, 24pk, 36pk, 40pk, 60pk. Unfortunately, although it works out cheaper to buy the pens in the pack configuration, there are duplicates of colours across the packs. I bought a 4pk (pales), the 12pk and 6 singles - and managed to duplicate two of the colours without realising.

I was surprised that I couldn't find a blank colour chart on the Kuretake website so went hunting on Google and found a link to Jennifer Mcguire's blog where she kindly offers some printables...
...these are arranged in colour groups and are a nice handy size for carrying with you whilst adding to your collection - they also fit nicely into the tins.

I've only had a brief 'play' with these pens so far but I do love the brush nib. I'll let you know how I get on when I put them to a bit more use..................................................................

7 comments:

jill said...

A really good way to organise your different pens & the colour chart is a easy way to see just what colours you already have .

Stef H said...

well that's certainly a neat idea!!!! only i'm so cheap i would think any kind of square box would fit those pens - and even better would be one you can cut down to size!!!

i like the vellum girl image you posted. i never work with vellum. don't know why not... just never got "into it". LOL.

have a great weekend.

hugs :)

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Love the tins and all yoir different pens

sue jones said...

hummmmmmm you see now i need those tins! - I have two sets of the crayons and a few pens - they do look very nice.

Redanne said...

What a great selection of pens and crayons you have Toni. I am still not 100% sold on the crayons but I keep trying!! Hope you have a great weekend. xx

Chidkid said...

How many pens does one girl need? Lol. Great storage though!

Wendy said...

LOL. I do like the kuretake brush nib, though I have it in the double ended alcohol markers, even I can do a halfway decent colouring with it!! I might have to have a look at these pens though, only 80 colours.. should be a breeze to collect :-)