How to Store and Organize Your Alcohol Inks
With a handful of brands and hundreds of colors to choose from, an alcohol ink collection can grow in size quite fast. I myself have more than 150 bottles of ink in my studio, and even though each bottle is typically less than an ounce, they still take up a ton of space!Those who know me personally would say I’m like Monica Geller of “Friends”—I love to clean and I love to organize—so the mayhem of owning more than a hundred bottles of ink drove me a little crazy at first. Luckily, I figured out a great system and now all of my inks fit within just one draw.
How to Store Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Inks and Jacquard Piñata Alcohol Inks
Ranger inks and Jacquard’s smaller bottles are the easiest to store thanks to the Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Storage Tin. One case holds 30 bottles, so you might need more than one. Luckily you can buy 2-packs on Amazon like this one here.
How to Store Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
Those who’ve read my eBook, “The Ultimate Guide to Alcohol Inks,” know that my go-to blending solution is by Tim Holtz. Whenever I start running low, I look for sales and stock up—I usually buy 10-to-20 bottles at a time. This might seem like a lot but I run through bottles like crazy. Buying in bulk also guarantees some series savings! You can grab your own bottle of Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Solution here.
For these bottles, I have a storage container that has rounded corners and is about an inch taller than the blending solution bottles, which are about 4.5" tall and about 1.5" inches wide. I also use this system for my Brea Reese Alcohol Inks.
Want to learn more about the way I use blending solution? Download my eBook, "The Ultimate Guide to Alcohol Inks," here.
How to Store Copic Various Ink Refills
Storing my Copic Various Ink refills used to be a challenge because of the shape and size of the bottles. One day I went to the store and bought a lipstick holder thinking it would fit the inks, but I soon learned that you have to make sure you’re buying a lipstick holder with big enough slots. Here are two versions I've used in the past that I know work well with the inks.
I recently switched to Copic's own storage system, which I absolutely love! Each box holds 24 inks, so I recommend getting more than one. The boxes are nice and thin and come with a cover that fits around the box for easy stacking while you work.
Click here to add this storage case to your studio.
What are some of the ways you store your alcohol ink collection?
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