How to Paint a Monochromatic Scene Option 3

by Julia Skendzel

Use a value scale to create a monochromatic painting.


  • White paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brush
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Set up your paint tray.

    Step 2

    Draw a rectangle on your paper to create a border around your painting.

    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

    Use value 7 (black) to paint a window frame.

    Step 12

    Step 13

    Use value 4 (pure color) to fill in your window frame.

    Step 14

    Step 15

    Use value 6 to begin painting your tree. Start with your main branch. Make this branch thick. At the end of the main branch paint a "Y". Add "Y"s to the ends of the new branches.

    Step 16

    Continue to split the ends of each branch into "Y"s. Make each branch thinner as you move away from the main branch.

    Step 17

    Step 18

    Use value 2 to add highlights to your tree. Add thin lines to the left side of each branch.

    Step 19

    Highlights are on the left side only.

    Step 20

    Add a moon using value 1 (white) on the left side of your window.

    Step 21

    Paint the window panes by using value 7 (black) to paint a "T".

    Step 22

    Add highlights to your window using value 1 (white). Highlights should be on the bottom and right of each window pane. Congratulations! You created a monochromatic painting!