There was a leak. And a hole made in the ceiling to solder the pipe. I attempted to repair the drywall and am having an issue with the texture. Interesting to note, if I turn on the ceiling lights, this is barely noticable. The color difference is due to the spotlight I used to take the picture. Once done, the whole ceiling will be painted.
For now, my question is what process/technique is used to get the less rough finish? I don't even know how to ask the question if I went to a hardware store. I'm assuming there's a tool that will give me a finer stroke than the drywall tools I used.