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 1 month ago

absolutley amazing

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Linda Hobart 1 month ago

Just stunning

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Ivy Crawford 1 month ago

So beautiful!!

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Ivy Crawford 1 month ago

Wow!!

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varwenea 1 month ago

Mucha artwork is a perfect complement to the style.

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Cheri Hayes 1 month ago

The Lady Of Shallot

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Beautiful delicate roses !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Simple beauty !!!

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Anna Salerno 1 month ago

Whoa!

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Fairy tale beauty !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Love this one !!!

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Christa Russell 1 month ago

WHERE CAN I BUY THIS

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Good colors !!!

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Ivy Crawford 1 month ago

Magical💜

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Well done, soft shades !!!

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 month ago

My favorite

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Tracy Moorhead 1 month ago

Very cool!

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Stunning, exceptional talent !!!

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Diane Patrick 1 month ago

Narcissis and the nymphs.

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Pure elegance !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

This will be popular !!!

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Ivy Crawford 1 month ago

Gypsy soul #2

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Ivy Crawford 1 month ago

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

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Night Owl 1 month ago

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

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Lotte 1 month ago

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

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Nightingale9 1 month ago

Amazing!!

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

So lovely !!!

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Sue Clasen 1 month ago

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

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Jasmine Sunflower Laake 1 month ago

Stunning detail!

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Ivy Crawford 1 month ago

Magical!!

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

The roaring twenties !!!

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Nightingale9 1 month ago (edited)

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

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Well done !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

More beauty, so much creativity !!!

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Ivy Crawford 1 month ago (edited)

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

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

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

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 month ago

les sirenes

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Nightingale9 1 month ago

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

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Sarah Brinsfield 1 month ago

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

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