How to Paint a Monochromatic Scene Option 1

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 give your painting a border.

    Step 3

    Mix your tints.

    Step 4

    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 2 to paint your first mountain at the top of your paper.

    Step 12

    Step 13

    Use value 3 to paint your second mountain. Overlap your first mountain. There should be no gaps in between your mountains.

    Step 14

    Step 15

    Use value 4 to paint your next mountain. Overlap your previous mountain. Make each mountain peak different.

    Step 16

    Step 17

    Repeat step 15 with value 5.

    Step 18

    Step 19

    Repeat step 17 with value 7 (black). This mountain should fill the bottom of your painting space. Congratulations! You created a monochromatic scene!