What the Tech? How to Paint a Value Scale

What the Tech? How to Paint a Value Scale

Jul 4 2020

Ever looked at the set or lights, costumes or sound in a show and thought “How in the TECH?!” 

Value Scale Painting:
Karlee Perego, assistant technical director and shop foreman of Stage West Thatre, will be showing you how to paint a value scale using paint.

Value scales are a range from white to black with several shades of gray in between, creating an illusion of depth and allowing 2D paintings to appear 3D. This is because value scales consist of light, mid tones, and dark colors, helping describe light and dark areas within your painting. This is a technique commonly used in theatre scenic painting, especially at Stage West. In this instructional video, Karlee explains how much part white paint and how much part black paint she uses to mix and paint into the grid of boxes before blending the colors into a soft, seamless gradation. What's more, the entire process is simplified into 5 boxes or steps of darkness and lightness. If you're hoping to use a different color than black or white, make sure the color you're using is light or dark enough to create a gradation.