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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Night Owl
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2 years ago

Such vibrant colors. And it looks like the stones etc. are an extension, a part of the feathers

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Extremely impressive, I love the Victorian era, incredible detail, includes nature !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Excellent, could not be better !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Stunning beauty !!!

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pony33
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2 years ago

How I love the red heads!!!

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

The face with such a clear and strong expression on such a tiny surface...Wow

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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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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Very creative, excellent !!!

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

I feel this

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Love this one !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

So very pretty !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Good colors !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Good color theme !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
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
Community Member
2 years ago

Stunning, exceptional talent !!!

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

The nipples disappeared ;)

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Pure elegance !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
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
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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pony33
Community Member
2 years ago

Nothing better than naked red heads!!!

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Love this !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

So lovely !!!

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Sue Clasen
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Excellent !!!

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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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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

Such vibrant blues and greens. And you can clearly make out the back muscles here Wow

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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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Roswitha
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2 years ago

wunderbar

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Good eye for color balance !!!

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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

What is the name of this image?

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