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Tombow color chart (+ Printable tracker)

Tombow dual brush pen color chart

So, you got your Tombows ABT Dual Brush Pens and are ready to organize the colors but don’t know where to start? Here I show you how I organize my pens plus a free printable Tombow Color Chart.

I was really excited when I got my 96 Tombow pen set. It comes with the handy stand that allow you to organize the pens by color or number or any way you want!

But they come in the box all mixed up, and you wonder how you will sort this all out.

Should you sort by number? Or color palette?

This is obviously a personal decision but before you get all worked out on where each pen goes, I made a handy chart here that follows the exact slots that you will find in the 96 pen set stand.

Tombow dual brush pens box
The 96 Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen box comes with the colors all mixed up.

Tombow Marker Color Guide

It is all fun to open the box and start checking out the colors, so many pens! If you are wondering if the tombows are worth their price you should check my honest Tombow Dual Brush Pen Review post.

However you soon get overwhelmed; have I tested the color already? It is funny how the brain gets confused and start mixing up all the colors, after all many shades are pretty similar!

I thought I’d better find a way to arrange these pens and the first thing I did was to pen my journal and write down the number with a Tombow marker swatch beside it.

This was fine for a while until I realized the colors got all mixed up in the stand again and even though I had the swatch it was hard to see which number I was referring to as the pen cap is not an exact color that you get on the paper.

That in when I decided to make this Tombow color chart to make my lettering practice easier!

Tombow abt brush pens
Organizing my Tombow dual pen set.

 

How many Tombow brush pens are there?

There is a total of 108 Tombow dual brush pens available. However, one popular product is the 96 set.

The 96 pen set does not include the newest 12 colors that were added to the tombow brush markers collection. These colors come from the candy set and the vintage set.

I know that not everybody has the complete set, especially if you had purchased the 96 pen brush set before – and trust me those are enough pens!

I have the 96 pen set but if you have the complete set I also added the tombow color chart with new colors for you.

So for this reason I made 2 printables: a Tombow 108 color tracker and a 96 color tracker (they are in the same file, choose which version you want). Both charts have a numbered and non-numbered version.

You can choose which to use depending on how many Tombow brush markers you have.

 

Printable Tombow color chart

I decided to make 2 charts, one following the number order and another totally blank. Once I put the stand together and started filling it with pens I realized that the color flow wasn’t brilliant.

Maybe I am the biggest type A around but that un-matching of colors going from light to dark ten back to light was so annoying. Please tell me it isn’t just me!!!

Here is how it looks if you add the colors following the pen number:

tombow 96 color tracker

Tombow color chart 96 pens

tombow 108 color chart

Tombow color chart 108 pens

I mean, that is obviously not a big deal but if you follow the exact number sequence you will see that the colors are all over the place!

My guess is that not all color inks were developed at the same time and eventually, when a new ink was made, there wasn’t a way to add that color back in the ‘right’ prism position. I don’t have any understanding of color tones though, maybe there is a reason why it is this way.

If that is not a problem for you, and you just need a nice printable to collect your swatches, then you can get this blank printable and add the pens you have. It is a good way to keep track of how many more you need!

But, if like me, you want to see the colors flowing in a nice pattern then you can use the blank printable and add your own numbers.

I spent quite some time puzzling how best to lay these colors out, and this now feels good to me!

tombow brush pens
This is how I decided to organize my Tombow dual tip brush pens, not following the number order but from light to dark tones.

 

How to organize your Tombow brush pen swatches

If you don’t have the entire set yet you can still use this Tombow color tracker to collect your pen swatches.

First print my Tombow color charts here. There are 2 versions, one with the numbers and one that is empty in case you want to decide on your own palette system (like I did!).

Then match the color to the number and organize your pens in the stand if you have one.

You can print this document on a half letter or half A4 page and glue it to your bullet journal too.

Printable tombow color chart


Let me know how you organize your Tombow art markers!

 

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