If you’ve spent the time gathering and building up a collection of alcohol markers, then you’ll know why it’s worth paying attention to how they’re stored. Often, they’re too expensive and high quality to be tossed around or left to dry out without the cap on. Storing them safely is essential to their longevity and performance, so here’s a guide on how to store your alcohol markers and, specifically, Chameleon Pens.
How to keep your alcohol pens safe in two steps:1. Store them horizontally
2. Keep out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place
1. Store them horizontally
Many alcohol marker companies recommend that you store your markers horizontally, rather than vertically. This prevents uneven distribution of the ink and allows an even flow to both ends of the Chameleon Pen.
Most companies sell their pen sets with cases or versatile storage containers designed to keep the markers horizontal. For example, Chameleon Pens come packaged with a multi-purpose case that can convert into a handy workstation. When erected, the stand props up the case and keeps the markers horizontal for easy use.
You can still carry your pens around vertically, but if you do so for a long period of time, lay your markers down horizontally for a short while before using them. This allows the ink to re-flow evenly between the two ends (Japanese Bullet Nib and Super Soft Japanese Brush Nib), meaning you're still able to color like no other once again.
2. Don’t leave them in direct sunlight and store in a cool, dry place
It’s advised that you store alcohol markers in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. If the markers are exposed to the direct rays of the sun, the plastic may start to degrade over time and affect the ink. This means you’ll have to replace your pen much sooner than you would want to.
You should already be recapping the markers immediately after use to prevent the ink from drying out. But, you should also prevent the inks from being exposed to direct sunlight. The sun’s rays may cause change of ink color, which can mean you’ll need to replace the ink or even the entire pen sooner than normal.
Also: Treat the nibs with care and use them as recommended
Hopefully you’ll know this already, but it’s vital that you take care of your marker nibs if you want them to last for as long as possible. Of course, no matter how well you take care of your nibs, the time to change them will still arrive. But using them properly and treating them with delicate care will extend their lifespan.
It’s important that you follow the marker manufacturer’s guidelines. For example, with Chameleon Pens, you should avoid pressing too hard or using them too vigorously. This is particularly important for the Brush Nib, because it’s super soft and delicate. You don’t want to risk damaging it. It can withstand prolonged use, of course, but it's not the workhorse nib on the pen, it's more of a delicate paint brush.
The Japanese Bullet Nib is a lot more durable so it can withstand a lot more stress. But even though it’s your workhorse pen nib, you should still avoid any unnatural twists or other movements that may cause it to splay prematurely.
What are the signs of a damaged Chameleon Pens Nib?
- If the Japanese Brush Nib is overly splayed. The Japanese Brush Nibs are supposed to splay slightly after they’ve been broken in - this is what allows a smooth, seamless stream of color. An over-splayed nib will make it harder for you to shade without causing streaks or even to stay within the lines.
- The nib no longer fuses properly. Chameleon Pens come with an innovative Mixing Chamber where you fuse ink and our Colorless Toning Medium to create the smooth color blends and gradients that our pens are so well-known for. But if you’re finding that the pens are struggling to blend seamlessly or the gradients last for very short periods of time although you’ve held it in the Mixing Chamber for longer than 30 seconds, it maybe because the nib is damaged. This usually happens because the nib is so splayed, it no longer touches the Mixing Chamber Nib.
If you witness either of these signs, it means it’s time to change your pen nib. One of the best and most convenient things about Chameleon Pens (aside from their unique Mixing Chamber) is that you can change the nibs very easily. This means you only need to change the nib instead of replacing the entire pen.
Be careful that you don’t damage the new nib when changing an older one.
So there you go. That’s how to store alcohol markers.
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