Nowadays, many contemporary artists are looking for new ways to express their unique art in a different manner to others. They are abandoning the traditional art mediums and instead of using sometimes smaller but unexpected things. One artist who is actually famous for this is crafter Mary Kenyon from California.

She uses real seashells and transforms them into beautiful decorative jewelry dishes. Her works of art are very detailed and look like pieces of an ancient treasure that can be found on sunken ships. She is a self-taught artist and her creative ideas come from her father, who was a very talented oil painter.

Curious how her beautiful artwork is made? Kenyon's detailed art is made by decoupaging an image onto the real seashell's surface. Then, she carefully paints small decorative details in brass or Swarovski rhinestones. In this way, her art projects look like from the Victorian era, perhaps belonging to an aristocrat.

So scroll down the page and check out her amazingly creative artwork that looks like an ancient treasure you might find at the bottom of the sea!

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Magik cofee
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2 years ago

absolutley amazing

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Linda Hobart
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2 years ago

Just stunning

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Ivy Crawford
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2 years ago

So beautiful!!

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Ivy Crawford
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2 years ago

Wow!!

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varwenea
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2 years ago

Mucha artwork is a perfect complement to the style.

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Cheri Hayes
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2 years ago

The Lady Of Shallot

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Beautiful delicate roses !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Simple beauty !!!

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Anna Salerno
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2 years ago

Whoa!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Fairy tale beauty !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Love this one !!!

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Christa Russell
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2 years ago

WHERE CAN I BUY THIS

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Good colors !!!

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Ivy Crawford
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2 years ago

Magical💜

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Well done, soft shades !!!

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Sara Kate MacFarland
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2 years ago

My favorite

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Tracy Moorhead
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2 years ago

Very cool!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Stunning, exceptional talent !!!

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Diane Patrick
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2 years ago

Narcissis and the nymphs.

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Pure elegance !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

This will be popular !!!

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Ivy Crawford
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2 years ago

Gypsy soul #2

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Ivy Crawford
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2 years ago

This is just sooo dreamy 🌙 the sparkling dust is my favorite!

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

I think this one is my favorit. So simple and yet so vibrant

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Lotte
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2 years ago

im so jealous of this artist's talent and dedication !

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Nightingale9
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2 years ago

Amazing!!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

So lovely !!!

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Donna Vogel
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3 months ago

This is my favorite so far! I do shells with napkins. Of course nothing like yours.

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Sue Clasen
Community Member
2 years ago

She reminds me so much of Phoebe Ann Tranquair.....

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Jasmine Sunflower Laake
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2 years ago

Stunning detail!

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Ivy Crawford
Community Member
2 years ago

Magical!!

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

The roaring twenties !!!

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Nightingale9
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

so bright and colorful, I love all the little fish swimming around her.

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Well done !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

More beauty, so much creativity !!!

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Ivy Crawford
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

The way you bounce around from style to style is incredible! Your skills are superb!!!

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

More incredible beauty, wish I had such talent !!!

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Sara Kate MacFarland
Community Member
2 years ago

les sirenes

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Nightingale9
Community Member
2 years ago

this last one is so sweet😊😊! I love it!

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Sarah Brinsfield
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2 years ago

I adore your added details. It makes sense to me!

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