Pen Cases Galore

If you go out and about and draw, or if you plan to take a subset of your pen collection on your travels, you will need a method of transporting your drawing tools. For many years, I used a heavy duty Zip-Lok baggie to carry pens & markers in my backpack. It works. You can see your pens and grab just the right color. But as I drew more I wanted my pens to have a space of their own. Is a pen case a luxury? I suppose so. I love taking my pen case from my backpack when I stop at a café to draw. An assortment of pens, a beautiful case, a cappuccino. And a scone.  A blueberry scone.

For our 3-week trip this summer, I brought two pen cases. I kept a small one in the backpack I carried each day and another in the hotel room for drawing just before I fell asleep from exhaustion!

You can use cases to carry colored pencils, markers, paper clips, mini-scissors, mini-stapler, index cards, erasers, Daisy Yellow Creative Prompt Cards, sticky-notes, etc. I like the style and functionality of Japanese cases. The key for me is a well-made, inviting case that works. Some fabulous cases look quite utilitarian and yet at the same time perfect

Four (4) fantastic pen cases, $20 USD or less.

I've been gradually building collection and soon I'll need a case to hold the cases! I purchased them at Jet Pens, at the Kinokuniya store in LA, at Target and at Amazon. Some cases are available only in black, others in a fun variety.

Nomadic PF-01 Carbonium Case

It's some kind of funky sturdy nylon and fits an assortment of markers in one section {these are Sakura Glaze} and a small stack of 15-20 size 3x5" index cards in the other section. There's a flat outer pocket that could hold business cards or credit cards.


Nomadic PE-08

The inside and outside of the case are a rugged nylon; inner lining is neon orange. This has a softer fabric than the case above, and my guesstimate is that it holds about three times as many pens. It has some cool pockets and small flat sections and a large section. It can fit prompt cards {or business cards} but not index cards. The large section has an internal mesh pocket which effectively holds stuff separate from the pens/markers. This is a fantastic, albeit utilitarian-looking case. 


Lihit Teffa

Find it at Amazon or Jet Pens. The inside lining of these cases is chocolate brown and there is a flippy divider with slots, nooks and crannies to put things. The next two photographs show the same section of the case with two different ideas for items like prompt cards, index cards, pens, colored pencils and markers. There are a bunch of different sections and inside, I keep a variety of pens, markers, index cards, Starbucks cards, Sakura Glaze pens, and a Faber-Castell Big Brush PITT artist pen. Some of the sections are covered by mesh so you can see what's inside - love that feature. This case is good if you have pencils or pens that you want to keep sorted and visible or in a particular order. My younger daughter, DD13, absconded with this pen case and uses it for her growing collection of Gelly Rolls and Uniballs.


The 3rd case in the photograph is a Miyamoto Collection Retro case.  It’s tiny, darling, and holds a small number of pens. It does not stay open, but is simple and elegant.


The Kokuyo C2 Tray Type Pencil Case is another great case. I love that it stands independently. Not photographed, appropriated by DD15 for her Sharpies and Gelly Rolls.

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