We call that fish scale. Not a lot of it around here. It's mostly on older plaster ceilings.
Using a 1" roller nap > roll on slightly thinned down joint compound on a 3' x 5' section > then use a texture brush or wallpaper brush (depending on the size of the swipes) and try and duplicate the pattern over and over. :thumbsup:
A sponge with little 1/4" V-cuts randomly spaced on the working edge might work a little better in my to give that raised swirl. We have a lot of this swirl on plaster ceilings/walls in the older parts of Norfolk and I have been pretty successfull with them.
Like Mix said:
Thin down some mud ( a little thicker than cake batter).
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