Theatre Green Book One Toolkit – Designing and Making


21. Scenic Art

Easy Wins

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

• 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 ( water- and time-effective guidance on cleaning roller sleeves.

• Nails and Tacks are reusable fixings as opposed to staples and brads. Where appropriate can nails and tac be used and reused.


• 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 are expensive). Makers include:

– Lakeland :

– Celtic Sustainables :

– Eico :

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

• Bristol Paint make a range of eco brushes and roller trays :

• Explore traditional & natural size and powder paint.

• Explore flour and water solution for indoor use on papier-m ch  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.