How to Paint a Monochromatic Scene Option 2

by Julia Skendzel

Use a value scale to paint a monochromatic scene.


  • White paper
  • Acrylic paint (one color plus black and white)
  • Brush
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Set up your paint tray.

    Step 2

    Draw a rectangle on your paper to give your paper a border.

    Step 3

    Mix your tints.

    Step 4

    Your lightest tint is value 2 on your value scale.

    Step 5

    Mix your tints.

    Step 6

    Your medium tint is value 3 on your value scale.

    Step 7

    Mix your shades.

    Step 8

    Your darkest shade is value 6 on your value scale.

    Step 9

    Mix your shades.

    Step 10

    Your medium shade is value 5 on your value scale.

    Step 11

    Hold your paper landscape. Begin painting your water with value 4 (your pure color).

    Step 12

    Fill your painting to the bottom edge of your box using value 4.

    Step 13

    Use value 3 to paint over the bottom half of your water. Blend in value 3 with your first layer of paint.

    Step 14

    Your water should be darker at the top and fade at the bottom.

    Step 15

    Begin painting your sky with value 7 (black). Paint just the top of your sky.

    Step 16

    Use value 6 to fill in the rest of your sky. Blend it into your black.

    Step 17

    Step 18

    Use value 2 to paint the highlighted ripples in the water. Make sure your paint is just on the tip of your brush.

    Step 19

    Paint highlight ripples across your paper and about halfway down your paper.

    Step 20

    Paint a moon using value 1 (white).

    Step 21

    Step 22

    Use value 1 (white) to add the reflection ripples under the moon.

    Step 23

    Congratulations! You created a monochromatic painting!