Here’s a background illustration that frustrated me quite a bit. I needed to create a grungy-looking background with nature-based elements, so I thought that it might be cool to combine some warm/harsh colors against abstract snowflakes (because snowflakes are very angular and graphic, which I thought might make for an interesting image).
I pushed pixels ‘till my fingers hurt, and I still couldn’t get this darn thing looking right. The main issue I had was that I needed the image to be edgy, but at the same time clean enough so I could place text over top of it. It was difficult to find the right balance, and I eventually gave up and moved on to another idea. Sometimes (for the sake of my own sanity) that’s the best way.
That said, I still think that this background is abstract enough that it could be used as an interesting texture for some other project. So go ahead – download it, and give it your best shot. And feel free to post a link in the comment section to show me (and everyone else) how you used it!