Just load the mud on the brush straight out of the bucket.
With your 6 inch knife knock the stipples down,
by lightly dragging the knife across the mud.
Just overlap a bit when you start your next section.
To start with try working a two foot square area at a time.
If you plan to do a ceiling it usually has a hole in the handle
for adding a pole.
Apply the mud with the brush as even as you can.
Don't fret too much you can remove what you don't like and redo it.
The mud stays wet enough to easily remove for an hour or so.
Clean The Knife
After each time you drag the knife to knock the stipple down
use the mud tray to scrape the excess mud off the knife.
Ready to Paint
Allow to dry for a day and it is ready to prime and paint.
This finish looks a lot like fossil stone. Sometimes its called Lace,
because of the design in the holes between the knock down.
Be sure visit Art Effects' page (Make it fossil rock!) describing
how to add a little special touch to your fossil rock.