Storing My Montana Acrylic MarkersApril 11, 2018
I am frequently asked how I store my Montana Acrylic Markers.
As you can see from the photo I use a cleaner’s caddy.
I cut stiff cardboard dividers to insert into the two main wells. These dividers are held in place with tape on both sides so that they don’t move. (See the side of the white pen area.)
By keeping similar colors of pens together I can reach quickly for a new pen as needed.
Because the caddy is a caddy it has a handle (center piece as you look down is open for grabbing). I can pick the caddy up and move from room to room with my markers. I can use them anywhere I want. (We have no paint-free zones in our house.)
The center partition on the topside (as you look down in this photo) contains masking and washi tapes for a project I was working on when I took this photo.
When I use Montana Markers in the field I carry them upright in a vertical pencil case so that they sit upright in my fanny pack. I typically only have one or two with me when I’m out and about running errands.
If I am sketching for the day and want to carry several I have a large pocket that I made which hangs from my fanny pack belt loop. It can hold about 10 of these markers. I sewed the pocket one morning before going to the Minnesota State Fair, when I realized I didn’t want to reach in and out of my pack all the time for the markers. The pocket has an open top and the back end of the pocket continues upward and over to the back, to create the loop for the belt.
I’m sure a more talented seamstress who wasn’t pushing a time crunch could have come up with a better design. The one I made has lasted for 4 years of hard use (it’s upholstery fabric I happened to have on hand). I’m really pleased with myself that it has the pleated bottom so it’s boxy! You can make a lot of things very fast that are more than good enough, and get on with sketching!