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Tombow color chart (+ Printable tracker)

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 get your free printable Tombow Color Chart.

I was really excited when I got my 96 Tombow pen set. It comes with a handy stand that allows 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 up on where each pen goes, I made a handy chart for you that follows the exact slots that you will find in the 96 pens 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 so much fun to open the box and start checking out all 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 starts 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 open 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 is 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.

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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 which you can download at the end of this post (they are in the same file, choose which version you want). Both charts have numbered and non-numbered versions.

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 then 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.

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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 below. 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.


Let me know how you organize your Tombow art markers!

 

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Tombow dual brush pen color chart 2020

Tombow color chart Printable

Brandee

Wednesday 8th of February 2023

Thank you for the printable

Anna

Monday 6th of February 2023

Thanks so much!

Nanci

Sunday 15th of January 2023

Hi Kristy and Thass!

I love the free printables for the Tombow pens. Thank you both! I signed up and received my email with a link, but it only has the black and white outlined pages for me to put in my own swatches.

I thought you were also offering a color chart printable?

Did I misunderstand?

Thank you so much for all your educational content so others can learn about how to bullet journal!

Sincerely,

Nanci

Diary of a Journal Planner

Monday 16th of January 2023

Hi Nancy,

Thank you for reaching out. Yes, it is correct that they are only black and white. The colored examples you can see in the post are examples of how it looks once you have filled them out. The two different printables are one with the pen numbers added and a blank for you to add the numbers/colors in any order you wish. Our apologies for any confusion. We hope that you enjoy using the printables and thank you so much for the lovely comment. We love hearing that our content is helping our readers use their Bullet Journals. Have a wonderful day.

Kat

Monday 27th of June 2022

I would love to know your colour order, it looks great! Can you share your personal chart?

I started with number order and quickly scrapped that. Then moved to the colour categories on Tombow’s website. Good, but not great. Now I’m going to try your style. :) I think this one will stick as it’s easier to maintain.

Amber

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Hi I am having trouble signing up for email list to get the Tombow color chart. I have tried it several times and never receiving and emails back. I even tried to for some other freebies your website offers but still haven’t got a response.

Diary of a Journal Planner

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

Hi Amber, So sorry you are having trouble. I have just added you manually to that email. Can you let me know if you still don't recieve the email for that tracker and I will find an alternative way. Thank you for your patience