"I then took a large chalk brush and messed around with the settings and smudged it all around and set it to color burn."
I took the chalk brush, messed with settings, and smudged it around. But when you say smudge, do you mean the actual smudge tool? Because when I smudged the gradient, I didn't can an effect at all like yours.
"Maybe it's the sum of a million coincidences we don't quite control that brings us to a particular place
at a particular time, or maybe it's the choices we make, the actions we take. If there's one thing I've learned in 85 years, it's
that what we want doesn't always matter. But then again, sometimes it's all that does." - Mick St. John