Nowadays, many contemporary artists are looking for new ways to express their art in a different manner to others. They are abandoning the traditional canvas and instead 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 work is very detailed and looks like pieces of ancient treasure that can be found on sunken ships. She is a self-taught artist and her inspiration comes from her father, who was a very talented oil painter.

Curious how her artwork is made? Kenyon's designs are 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 artwork looks like from the Victorian era, perhaps belonging to an aristocrat.

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

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Magik cofee 3 days ago

absolutley amazing

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Linda Hobart 5 days ago

Just stunning

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Ivy Crawford 4 days ago

So beautiful!!

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varwenea 2 days ago

Mucha artwork is a perfect complement to the style.

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

Simple beauty !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

Beautiful delicate roses !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

Fairy tale beauty !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

Love this one !!!

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Ivy Crawford 4 days ago

Magical💜

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

Good colors !!!

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Diane Patrick 5 days ago

Narcissis and the nymphs.

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

Well done, soft shades !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

Stunning, exceptional talent !!!

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Ivy Crawford 4 days ago

Gypsy soul #2

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Ivy Crawford 4 days ago

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

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

This will be popular !!!

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Night Owl 6 days ago

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

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

Pure elegance !!!

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Jaguarundi 2 days ago

Personal favorite, the color choices make this so vibrant.

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

So lovely !!!

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Ivy Crawford 4 days ago

Magical!!

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Sue Clasen 1 day ago

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

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Nightingale9 1 day ago (edited)

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

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

The roaring twenties !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

More beauty, so much creativity !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 6 days ago

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

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Ivy Crawford 4 days ago

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

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Nightingale9 1 day ago

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

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Sarah Brinsfield 5 days ago

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

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