Theatre Green Book PRODUCTIONS Toolkit – Designing and Making


Scenic Art

Easy Wins

• See the Scenic Art Guild’s 3 bucket system video.

• Reuse paints.

• Reuse (or recycle) metal tins.

• Use eco roller trays and brushes.

• Use water-based paints with lowest possible carbon footprint.

• Shop locally.

• Avoid using chemicals wherever possible.

• See Scenic Art Guild of America on water- and time-effective guidance on cleaning roller sleeves.

• Nails and tacks are reusable fixings as opposed to staples and brads. Where appropriate reuse nails and tacks


• Use natural varnishes, dyes and lacquers, raw oils, petroleum-free wax, PVA adhesives, bio paints with low VOC content, biodegradable or paper-based tapes and chalk.

• Try eco clay paints (though they can be more expensive). Makers include:


Celtic Sustainables 


Bristol Paint has a lower carbon footprint as a UK company than ROSCO, which is USA based.

• Explore traditional and natural size and powder paint.

• Explore flour and water solution for indoor use on papier-mache which dries ‘rock hard’.


• PVA (polyvinyl acetate) paints, chemical glazes and two-part fillers.

• Glitter

• Harmful plastics and chemicals, including aerosols, parabens, triclosan and PVC.