How to Store Copic Markers? – 5 Most Common Ways

Written by Laura Walker / Fact checked by Leilani Carroll

how to store copic markers

While using markers, it can get messy. Sometimes when you use a lot of colors, you may misplace them. Looking for it would be frustrating!

You may also have this problem if you are an artist, architect, teacher, or someone who likes to use colored markers. Well, there can’t be only one best way how to store Copic markers since there are many ways to do it.

Consider where you store your markers, like your room temperature, storage bag, or case. Along this article, you can be inspired by the different steps you can take to store alcohol markers properly.

Ways to Store Copic Markers


What to prepare

Bring out all of your Copic markers. Then, place it on your table or anywhere you can see all of them. It is best this way because later on, you can identify which you can store together.

Here are some of the things you should have in front of you:

  • Copic Markers
  • DIY storage box or organizer – any storage box will be great. Try to do DIY Copic marker storage so that you can save if you are on a budget.
  • Copic storage bag or case – this is a specialized bag made especially for Copic markers. You can choose from different colors and sizes of original Copic bags available in stores and online stores.
  • Rubber band or Velcro straps

1. Place your markers in a cool and dry place


Consider this step the essential step to follow for beginners and even expert marker users. It is important for you to store pens and markers where there is no direct sunlight.

Too much exposure to sunlight is bad for your belongings. If your Copic markers are exposed, this could cause the marker bodies to become prone to cracking.

To prevent your Copics from drying out, you can store them inside a drawer, marker bags, or far from your window. You should keep it in a cool and dry spot in your room.

Moreover, keep the ink out of the reach of flames because it is also flammable.

2. Put a rubber band or velcro straps around the markers


In this step, you will be able to organize your Copic markers neatly. Use rubber bands or velcro straps to hold the markers up.

Stacking or storing your Copics in one place will be more accessible when they are grouped together. By using bands and straps, your markers are intact as you hold them.

After you group your markers with your style, you can proceed to put them in their storage places. In the following steps, you will have the options where you store them.

3. Store it in the original Copic marker bag/case


It does not matter how you place it in your bag or case. Whether it is vertically or horizontally placed, it is alright. You will have different options that hold 24, 32, or 72 markers on their official Copic website.

Copic markers are not affected much the gravity. So you don’t have to worry about placing them wrong or right away.

There are options like easy-to-carry cases and a wire stand. If you are someone who wants to bring your Copic markers all the time, Copic offers a portable wallet for you.

4. Buy or make a DIY storage box or organizer

It will be best to have a designated case for your things. When you store Copic markers, you must consider their size and how you want them to be organized.

There are a lot of organizers, from plastic cases to bags. In this case, you can choose from many storage Copic marker ideas.

Besides the official Copic bags, you can find marker storage DIY bags in other stores. It can be a cheaper alternative to the original ones. You can also go to Ikea and check out Ikea Copic marker storage for more options.

In addition, you can choose acrylic or any transparent storage so that you can easily see your markers. If not, make sure you can see the tip of the Copic markers to see its colors.

5. Store Copic markers by colors

After knowing where to store your Copic markers, you should also know what colors you want to put in specific bags or cases. You can group your markers by the same family color or color swatches.

There are many different ways to use Copics; you can store them according to how you use them, like an artwork color theme. Though you can store them in random colors, it does help you spend less time locating the colors you want to use right away.

Use the color wheel as a reference for how you group your markers. For you can easily apply the fundamentals of color theory.

Helpful Tips/FAQs


How should you store your Copic markers?

It is up to you whether you want to store pens in horizontal or vertical positions. If you want convenience, you should store in a vertical manner.

Storing Copic markers is also the same as when you store Prismacolor markers. Since they are alcohol-based markers, you should be careful not to let the alcohol in the marker’s tip dry up.

How long do Copic markers last in storage?

Markers usually do last a lifetime if you take good care of them. When appropriately used, Copic markers generally last for up to three years.

How long do Copic markers last if unopened?

The lifespan of the markers is between 12 and 18 months of constant use, depending on how you can treat them.

It is important that you store it away from sunlight or airflow to preserve Copic marker art materials. You shouldn’t let the alcohol in your marker dry up, as that will leave the marker unusable.


Copic markers are beautiful markers that can help you become more creative with your artwork. As useful as it is for every user, it is also important to know how to store Copic markers accordingly.

There are options on how you keep them. You can store Copic markers vertically or horizontally. You can also find vertical and horizontal marker storage in stores like Ikea, bookstores, and online stores.

All the possible ways you can store your Copic markers will ultimately lead you to agree on a technique and storage that works well for you.

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Hi, I am Eveline Kessler, a content creator. My love for colors and arts draws me here to join the Intermediarts team with Leilani. I am responsible for testing new products and techniques with her and providing honest reviews and tips based on our experience.

Laura Walker


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