Oh, how I wish you could see the effect of this background in real life! This technique has been around for awhile, but it seems like I've been seeing it on the Internet more often recently. So I thougght I'd try my hand at it.
I'm not sure what anyone has decided to call it, but, to tell the truth, it is almost meditative to do. And, as you can see in these photos, the end results can be stunning.