Monday, October 11, 2010

How would you you describe this?

by Andrea of Sacred Suds

As online sellers, we are limited to one sense - our sense of sight - for giving buyers a complete five-senses sensory experience. When buyers are browsing online, they cannot feel, smell, taste, or hold an item in their hands to turn it over and look at it from all angles. So it is up to us, the sellers, to create that experience for them using two devices: photographs and item descriptions.

I recently did a sensory exploration, where I focused each day on one of my five senses, and journalled periodically about what I experienced. It was a fantastic writing exercise, and it made me realize that your senses are EXCELLENT tools for writing item descriptions. What I'd like to do here is invite you, the reader, to use your senses to help the featured artist describe an item from their Etsy shop. This week's item is this dreamy Starry Night wedding invitation from AppleberryInk:




How would YOU describe this item? Leave a comment here on the blog with some descriptive words or phrases. Be adventurous! Feel free to grab a thesaurus, consult this color list, and use any or all of these as jumping off points:

1) What are the first three things that come to mind when you see this?
2) What does it look like? Use colors, shapes, size
3) What would it feel like? Think textures, temperatures, how it would feel in your hands, on your skin
4) If it were a smell, what would it be?
5) If it were a taste, what would it be?
6) What kind of sound would this make?

Thanks, and we can't wait to see what you come up with!

7 comments:

Andrea (Sacred Suds) said...

1) What are the first three things that come to mind when you see this?

wine
berries
burgundy

2) What does it look like? Use colors, shapes, size

Deep, rich burgundy, like a good red wine. Stationery, invitation, save the date card.

3) What would it feel like? (textures, temperatures, how it would feel in your hands)

Smooth, matte cardstock paper that is sturdy and is a nice weight in your hands. Crisp. Thick.

4) Smell:
Harvest. Red wine.

5) Taste:
Cabernet or Merlot. Maybe pinot noir. I'm on the wine theme, can you tell?

ChickaDeesigns said...

1) What are the first three things that come to mind when you see this?
desert sunset, burgundy, cool desert evenings

2) What does it look like? Use colors, shapes, size
rich burgundy red, rectangle postcard size

3) What would it feel like? Think textures, temperatures, how it would feel in your hands, on your skin
velvety cardstock texture, sturdy and thick

4) If it were a smell, what would it be?
crisp, clean, soil, sagebrush

5) If it were a taste, what would it be?
cherries, blackberries, smooth/full bodied (you got me thinking about wine!)
6) What kind of sound would this make?
little rodents skittering, crickets chirping, wind whistling

Jodee said...

1) What are the first three things that come to mind when you see this?

Eggplant, desert, twilight

2) What does it look like? Use colors, shapes, size

Plum and apricot southwest styled invitation possibly for an evening event

3) What would it feel like? (textures, temperatures, how it would feel in your hands)

smooth heavier weight cardstock

4) Smell:

cool, crisp like a dewey evening

5) Taste:

smooth apricot or berry

Anna said...

Mystery, peaceful silence, a deep velvety night.

An earthy smell, the dissipating heat of the day still warming the night. The stars really stand out to me and I almost feel like I am standing under a star filled sky.

It gives me a sense of calm and also of great possibility as large as the dome of the sky over the desert.

Rita W said...

purple,plum,stars,rectangle,words,text,script,cool,smooth,cactus,chilly sunset in the desert, wedding,directions,crisp,chocolate raspberry

RiverBird said...

Burgundy dessert night. Harvest. Plum. Starry night.

SakuraDesign said...

1. Celebration, Party, Excitement.

2. Contemporary botanicals in hues of purple.

3. Warm, clear, and crisp.

4. Plumeria.

5. Sweet and dark sangria.

6. Soft wind chimes.