There is no doubt about the love that a lettering artist has with her brush pens and stationery supplies! If you find yourself testing pen after pen, you’ll love these simple storage solutions and free printable worksheets that I’ve created for you!
When I share photos of my pen stash, there are inevitably lots of questions that come! What kind of pen is that? Where did you get that storage container? Do you store your pens horizontally? Will you send me some brush pens?! These are just a few of the questions that I receive. And I get it! My pen stash has grown quite a bit since beginning my YouTube Channel.
I do want to point out that you don’t need all of these pens to learn hand lettering. Before my YouTube Channel, I didn’t have a huge variety of brush pens. I honestly loved lettering with basic kids markers! But now that a big part of what I do is teach you all how to letter, I like to use the products that you are using so that I’m able to give better tips and advice.
So now my little disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get into the goods shall we?!
How to store all of that stationery?
If you have a pile of pens like I do, you’ll find that many storage solutions have their pros and cons. Maybe you are looking for a way to hold all of your pens horizontally. Or maybe you want your pens to be organized by color. Or maybe you just want something super functional that is budget-friendly.
Over the years, my pen collection has grown. Because of that, I have tested out (and still use) several different methods of pen storage. I’m going to give you some of the pros and cons to those storage solutions below!
The visually pleasing pen storage solution: Acrylic
Acrylic storage solutions can be beautiful! They show off your beautiful pens, which in turn make it easier to find the ones that you might be looking for. They also hold your pens horizontally, which can be important if you are wanting to prolong the life of certain pens.
The downside to acrylic storage is that it can be expensive. I have found that smaller pieces (like ones you may find at the dollar tree) can be great if you just have a few products, but when your pen collection grows they will quickly outgrow this small acrylic container.
This acrylic pen organizer is something that I get asked about all of the time and unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the exact one for sale anymore. My original was purchased at Target in the bathroom organization section and has 2 removable dividers. I have to remove 1 of them in order to fit my pens, but they’re great because they are stackable. This means that I can move them around to create different heights or widths depending on what I’m storing.
The downside to this is that it’s not easy to get something out of one of the bottom compartments, because I have to remove all of the compartments above it. This is kind of a hassle, which is why it now stores pens that aren’t quite as frequently used.
The perfect solution for me was a combination of the first two, which is this acrylic makeup organizer! It’s big enough to store a lot of my pens, but it has drawers. This means that no matter what I want to get out of here, I just have to open 1 drawer to find it. I love this pen organizer and will likely be adding another to my collection. The downside… it’s expensive! I happened to find this randomly on an amazon flash sale, so it was actually a great price! But in general, these acrylic makeup organizaters and storage solutions aren’t the most budget friendly.
The exact listing that I purchased is no longer available, but here is the brand and one that looks very similar. If it’s not available, you can always scroll down to the “Compare with similar items” section to see more similar options!
The Budget Friendly Options:
One of the first ways that I stored my growing pen collection was this over the door shoe organizer. I got this particular blush pink color at Walmart a few years ago, but any kind or color will work! I do prefer the ones that have clear fronts as my pens aren’t all that tall so I can’t see exactly what I have stored in there if the fronts are fabric.
A more budget friendly version of the acrylic type of storage are these square organizers. I found these on amazon a few months back during a good sale. They are super functional, although not quite as aesthetically pleasing in my opinion. But the fact that the pens are able to be separated a bit more (and in multiple ways, depending on which option you purchase) makes them a really great pen storage option!
And another budget friendly solution that I like to use are these simple mason jars! I have them lined in a metal basket that I got from Target and they are perfect for fitting inside my cube shelf. I like this storage solution particularly for when I am filming things like Pen Hauls or other things where I will be using multiple types of brush pens. It can be hard to not end up with a desk full of pens by the end of a filming session, so this option keeps them nice and tidy!
The Space Saving Options: Pencil Cases
I’ll be honest, I don’t have a large variety of pen cases. I purchased this one, loved it, and bought a handful more! They are a great option because they are budget friendly, but also hold a ton of pens. They are also very pretty and stack really nicely. I find that if I have 3 of them with pens inside to fill them out, they fit nicely into 1 square of my larger sized cube shelf.
This pencil case isn’t 100% perfect as it was originally made for colored pencils. This means that if you have larger bodied pens, they might be difficult to get in and out. I have also found that depending on which pens I’m storing, I may only fill every other pen loop. Another option is to put every other pen in upside down.
If you are purchasing this pencil case for brush pens, please take a few minutes to watch this video that gives a more in depth review and demonstration of them. You will not regret making sure it’s quirks aren’t too much for you!
Testing Out and Comparing Your Brush Pens:
Now that we’ve got our pen collection stashed and stored, how do we keep track of them?! I do a lot of pen reviews (find my pen review playlist here!) and I want to make sure that I’m always covering some of the basic information about each brush pen.
I created this free worksheet to print off and keep track of some of the basic characteristics of brush pens like what is the tip like, what do the basic strokes look like and pros and cons of this pen. I also included some spaces for swatching the colors of your brush pen packs!
You can grab this free printable worksheet below! Printed in it’s original size, it will be great for brush pens up to your larger sized brush pens. However, I found that it works really well when printed 2 or even 4 to a page for smaller sized brush pens or fineliners. You could even cut apart the sections and glue them into your bullet journal for a super organized pen swatching journal!
I hope this was helpful for you! I am curious to know, what is your favorite way to store your brush pens?!