May 27th, 2020

by Hellie Cartledge

When lockdown hit, I turned my energy towards appreciating the indoors. Whether it was setting up still lives for myself, drawing the details of my favourite cushion, or indulging in my antique obsession, these things kept me going at a creatively challenging time. Heavily inspired by 18th century furniture, I have illustrated this collage kit so that you, too, can appreciate the beauty of indoor aesthetics and find simple joys during these hard times. 


We recommend printing these pages out so you can use good old-fashioned scissors and glue to do some arts and crafts. When you're done, send a photo or a scan of your artwork to hello@nearnessproject.comHappy collaging! 

Download the first page here. You can also download a black and white version of it here, if you want to color it in yourself!


Download this beautiful, floral background pattern here!

HELLIE_CARTLEDGE_Pretty Pattern backgrou

And a second background pattern here!

HELLIE_CARTLEDGE_Stealing strawbs Hellie

A third, dreamy background here!

HELLIE_CARTLEDGE_Texture Background coll

And this fourth and final one here!

HELLIE_CARTLEDGE_Texture Background coll

Hellie Cartledge works with the small treasures of life, the everyday aesthetic and the mundane. In particular, she looks at objects of antiquity and creates narratives which give them a place and value in contemporary domestic spaces. You can follow her on Instagram @thesmallillustrator and check out her work at