Welcome to Week Three of the May Monthly Muse where we continue to explore senses with a twist – Synesthesia! For the month of May, I’d like us to explore synesthesia from a simplistic approach – think of it as the crossing of senses so that when one sees, they smell. When one hears, they taste… Each week in the month of May, I invite you to explore one of the five senses – then use your imagination to cross wires, to experience synesthesia, and art journal about it. This week, I took a literal approach to the challenge. According to the book Wine Folly (Puckette and Hammack) Cabernet Sauvignon may have earth flavors including wet gravel, graphite, pencil lead or clay dust. I was curious if I could pick up any of these flavors while sipping on a glass of Cab. The nerd I am, I also did a bit of looking into the sense of taste and found that there is “taste” – directly related and limited to the tongue and tastebuds and “flavor” – what the tongue and nose do together. So, it may be possible that the earthy flavors one senses in wine comes from two sense categories – smell and taste. And yes, one can stick their nose in a glass of wine and take a whiff. But the flavor of food and beverage is the result of molecules entering one’s nose through the nasopharynx (from the back of the mouth up into the nose). So, my layout below is what I saw as I sipped my Cabernet Sauvignon: gravel roads, a cup of black tea, a bowl of blackberries. I detect black pepper too but could not find a graphic to represent black peppercorn other than the word pepper. Now it is you your turn. Chose a sense: vison, hearing, smell, taste, or touch. Then use your imagination to experience synesthesia. Create an art journal layout that represents your experience. Challenge Requirements: 1. For the Monthly Muse, you may create any style of layout (i.e., clean and simple, artsy, pocket style etc.), with or without a photo. Create any size page you wish. The Art Muse is for everyone; have FUN! 2. You can use any products in The Lilypad store or retired products from current Lilypad designers, (just make sure you follow our gallery guidelines). 3. Please post your layout to the Art Journaling Gallery HERE by Midnight, 30 May 2022; and post your layout in this thread by copying the "Share BB Code" to the right of your gallery image. Each post, regardless of the week posted in the month of May earns you one chance to win a $5 coupon to the TLP store. Thus, 1 Muse = 1 chance to win 2 Muses = 2 chances to win 3 Muses = 3 chances to win 4 Muses = 4 chances to win I can't wait to see where your senses take you this week!