I think part of the fun of buying new craft supplies is getting to organize them in ways that are easy to use, and markers are no exception. Having a color chart of some sort is always helpful, no matter what kind of marker or pen or paint it's for, knowing the colors you have and seeing how they can easily be mixed and matched is a definite plus.
I've been using my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers a lot lately, but I didn't really know exactly what colors I had in my set of 48 markers, so I sat down and created a helpful color chart:
I started by trimming a piece of watercolor paper to a standard 8.5 x 11 inch size. I made score lines with my scoreboard and a bone folder, creating three columns of 16 lines each (48 total sections). I left an inch of blank space at the top for my title design.
I brushed on color halfway through each section with straight color from the marker, then used a brush and water to pull the ink out to the other side of the section. I can see the full-strength color on the far left, and the lighter fade on the right.
I did this with all 48 colors. It's so pretty! I then used a black Sakura micron pen to write the names and numbers of the markers into the middle of each section:
Oh, ho, ho, yesss... this makes me so happy!
I'm storing it in a plastic page protector to keep it safe and clean from any dirt of water sprays, or even just my dirty inked-up fingers when I grab it:
I'm sure I'll be using this card each time I reach for my markers.
It only took a couple hours to make, from start-to-finish, so it's definitely doable in an afternoon, I highly recommend it!
*** As I've mentioned before, I bought my set of 48 markers on Amazon.com for just about $50 dollars. This was after researching prices online and finding that most craft supply sites are selling the same set of 48 markers for around $150+, that's triple the price! THAT IS INSANE! Don't pay that much, do your own research and shop around for the best price so you can save money to buy MORE craft supplies. Heh. ***
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