Start with a new image. You can set the width and height you want. I took 800x600. You can set the image mode to grayscale (Image > Mode > Grayscale), but it's not necessary.

Take the gradient tool and select a gradient similar to the one down here (colour doesn't matter, you can change it after) and with this settings:

Don't forget to change the mode to difference!
Apply some gradients in different directions until you get something like this:

Go to Filter > Distort > Twirl and leave the angle at 75
Now go to Filter > Artistic > Paint Daubs. These are the settings:
Brush size: 22
Sharpness: 0
Brush type: sparkle
Fade the effect by going to Edit > Fade Paint daubs and set the opacity at 60%.
Now the image is a little softer.

If you had change the image mode to grayscale, go to Image > Mode > RGB color.
We'll colorize it a little by going to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. You can choose the color you want, these are the settings I used (make sure Colorize is selected)
Hue: 360
Saturation: 48
Lightness: -30

Ready! that's the result!

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