I like to use the scrap pages that collect edges of paint and trial colours as background sometimes. This page started out that way. A layer of turquoise ink brought everything together but all the bits of gesso and acrylic paint still stand out a bit. It gives a background that's a little messy.
But then, life is messy.
No matter how well we plan things, they usually go adrift within the first five minutes as the unforeseen happens and knocks us off track. I'm sure God sits in heaven and chuckles at us sometimes as we plan exactly how we want things to pan out. Because His plans for us are better and higher than anything we can imagine. And even when He tells us His plans, they don't usually come to fruition in the ways we expect. He likes to throw in a few surprises along the way.
Life is messy and we just have to live with it. But if we put it in God's hands, He can make something beautiful and meaningful out of what looks like chaos.