Welcome! I get a LOT of questions about how I store my Copic supplies. This isn't new information, but it evidently bears repeating. Tomorrow I will have a post showing how I store my Copic Airbrush System; I'm not sure that I've shown that before. So buckle up for a picture ride if this is something that might help you!
Before I share more pictures, I thought I would tell you about our new Copic Workshops, now that we've had the first exciting run-through in Phoenix: Hand Lettering, Coloring Animals, and Coloring Landscapes went well! We were all able to be there and get on the same page for the next classes, as well as make a few tiny tweaks where a project took maybe a bit longer or shorter than we had expected. I can't wait to teach these, and I'm working on portfolios for them every chance I get. My first NEW Workshops will be in Detroit on May 19-20, and Dallas/Irving on June 9-10. Before that though, I'll be teaching Certifications and the Flowers Workshop in Atlanta (February 10-11), Dallas/Irving (March 3-4), Saskatoon (April 7-8), and Pittsburgh (April 28-29). Whew, I'm tired just typing all of that!
First I'll show you both sides of my studio; the first three pictures in my post were taken in 2016, but the rest will be new. I'll point out any changes between last year and this year. The biggest change (and the reason that my "big picture" shots are last year's) is that right now I have three extra storage shelves crammed into one end of my studio. We're working on finishing a family room in the basement, right next door to my studio, and I've tried to relocate everything I can in order to avoid having to clean drywall dust off of everything. I thought that a few weeks (okay, months?) of being crowded would be SO worth it when the basement is finished. I might change my mind though. ;-)
So, the photo above shows the creative side of the room--my workstations for cutting, stamping, coloring, sketching, and die-cutting. Changes from this photo: (1) My light table has moved so that I don't scratch the top of it, (2) the button storage containers have all been put away. (So they can come back in style at any time, now that I've put mine away, right?) I decided that as little as I was using them, I valued the clean space more than the convenience. (3) I have a large Stamp-n-Storage ink holder now (but it's full and I need another.)
This is the business side of my studio--stamp storage, printers, computer, cardstock storage in the kneehole cubby, ribbon storage, sewing machine, and photo tent just out of sight on the right. Not much has changed on this side, other than the fact that my trusty five-year-old iMac died last December. . . I'm using my old laptop until I see what Apple does with their next release. I haven't used my beautiful wide ribbon in ages, but since Rick spent a lot of time building this ribbon storage unit for me, I didn't have the heart part with it or hide it in the storage area of our basement. Will wide ribbon ever come back in style? I figure I've got at least two more years before it does. ;-)
Now we're on to the new pictures! My Copic workspace has stayed pretty much the same, other than collecting a few more storage bins for items that I use often enough not to want to open a drawer to grab them. As you see, I was playing with lettering projects this afternoon and evening. That one white basket container of Copics does fit on my Copic storage racks. I still need to record that I used them on a project before I put them away though. I love the storage racks that I have for my Copics, but they are not easy to find. These are actually display racks that stores use. I purchased a couple directly from Imagination International, one from eBay, and one from Amazon. (Yes, I liked them enough to hunt all over for them!)
The display racks on the left of the photo are for my Copic Various Inks, as well as a few random extra markers and Multiliners. I have finally purchased almost all of the refills; I'm missing only a couple that aren't in stock right now.
Remember those three extra storage shelf units that are temporarily in my studio? I have three 12 x 12 bins of extra Copic/Imagination International materials stored there. I also have three 6 x 12 bins of Copic class projects and portfolio pieces that I'm working on. But I'm hoping to sneak those shelf units back into the family room when the drywall is done. . . In addition to these bins, I always have two large pieces of luggage that go to each class with me, as well as two shipping boxes containing class materials and supplies. Oh, yes. It's a LOT of stuff!
That covers a general overview of my studio space, as well as specifically my Copic Marker and Various Inks Storage. I have a few more pictures to edit before I share my Copic Airbrush system storage tomorrow. (And one more honey-do project as well!) If you want to see more storage pictures, including stamps, dies, cardstock, and patterned papers, here is a link to the organizational posts in which I covered all of those areas. While I have collected more of those items, my storage systems for those have not changed.
If you have questions, ask in the comments section, and I'll try to answer anything I can. Thank you for visiting!