Embellishment is often associated with a final finishing touch but can also be a major part of the composition of a work of art. In photography, final photographs can be embellished with colour, glitter or gold or silver paint usually used to frame and edge the photograph. Popular embellishments in mixed media include gold and silver leaf, crystals and anything else that will enhance the work of art.
Mary Ann Hillier; unknown girl
by Julia Margaret Cameron
by Lallie Charles (née Charlotte Elizabeth Martin)
Gaby Deslys as The Charm of Paris in 'New Aladdin'
by Cecil Beaton
Elton John ('On the throne')
by Suzi Malin