Set up your paint tray.
Draw a rectangle on your paper to give your paper a border.
Mix your tints.
Your lightest tint is value 2 on your value scale.
Your medium tint is value 3 on your value scale.
Mix your shades.
Your darkest shade is value 6 on your value scale.
Your medium shade is value 5 on your value scale.
Hold your paper landscape. Begin painting your water with value 4 (your pure color).
Fill your painting to the bottom edge of your box using value 4.
Use value 3 to paint over the bottom half of your water. Blend in value 3 with your first layer of paint.
Your water should be darker at the top and fade at the bottom.
Begin painting your sky with value 7 (black). Paint just the top of your sky.
Use value 6 to fill in the rest of your sky. Blend it into your black.
Use value 2 to paint the highlighted ripples in the water. Make sure your paint is just on the tip of your brush.
Paint highlight ripples across your paper and about halfway down your paper.
Paint a moon using value 1 (white).
Use value 1 (white) to add the reflection ripples under the moon.
Congratulations! You created a monochromatic painting!