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Embellishment

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.

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