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 months ago

absolutley amazing

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Linda Hobart 3 months ago

Just stunning

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Ivy Crawford 3 months ago

So beautiful!!

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Ivy Crawford 3 months ago

Wow!!

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varwenea 3 months ago

Mucha artwork is a perfect complement to the style.

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Cheri Hayes 3 months ago

The Lady Of Shallot

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

Beautiful delicate roses !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

Simple beauty !!!

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Anna Salerno 3 months ago

Whoa!

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

Fairy tale beauty !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

Love this one !!!

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Christa Russell 3 months ago

WHERE CAN I BUY THIS

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

Good colors !!!

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Ivy Crawford 3 months ago

Magical💜

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

Well done, soft shades !!!

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Sara Kate MacFarland 3 months ago

My favorite

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Tracy Moorhead 3 months ago

Very cool!

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

Stunning, exceptional talent !!!

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Diane Patrick 3 months ago

Narcissis and the nymphs.

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

Pure elegance !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

This will be popular !!!

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Ivy Crawford 3 months ago

Gypsy soul #2

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Ivy Crawford 3 months ago

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

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Night Owl 3 months ago

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

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Lotte 2 months ago

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

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Nightingale9 3 months ago

Amazing!!

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

So lovely !!!

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Sue Clasen 3 months ago

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

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Jasmine Sunflower Laake 3 months ago

Stunning detail!

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Ivy Crawford 3 months ago

Magical!!

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

The roaring twenties !!!

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Nightingale9 3 months ago (edited)

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

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

Well done !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

More beauty, so much creativity !!!

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Ivy Crawford 3 months ago (edited)

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

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sharron lynn parsons 3 months ago

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

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Sara Kate MacFarland 3 months ago

les sirenes

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Nightingale9 3 months ago

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

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Sarah Brinsfield 3 months ago

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

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