I think you may be confusing technigue with what look you are trying to achieve. All the things you have mentioned are different items that achieve a different look. What is it you want ? All painters have thier own technique of achieving those looks. For example I can tell one guys sponging from another by thier different techigues each one uses.
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house doctor, just looking for painted walls? Latex paint, 2" brush for cutting in the ceiling, mop board, windows, doors, switches and outlets, 9" roller with a 3/8" cover. Two coats are better than 1. Have fun, Mick.
The most effective method of painting with a roller is to paint 2-or 3-square-foot areas at a time. Roll the paint on in a zigzag pattern without lifting the roller from the wall, as if you're painting a large M, W, or backward N. Then, still without lifting the roller, fill in the blanks of the letters with more horizonta