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!

More info: Instagram

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varwenea
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mucha artwork is a perfect complement to the style.

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Ivy Crawford
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Night Owl
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Lotte
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Donna Vogel
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Sue Clasen
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Nightingale9
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Ivy Crawford
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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sharron lynn parsons
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Nightingale9
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Sarah Brinsfield
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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