A couple of years ago i purchased a book of drawing exercises. They were fun. There was a list of suggested supplies I did not take seriously because I already have so much stuff to play with. BUT, after a while i started to wonder about "Vellum." I did not know what it was. The next time i was in an art supply store there was a stack of artist journals and on the front of one it said the word . . Vellum - SO, I picked it up and felt the paper - it was strong and felt different from the large collection of papers i already had at home.
I didn't give it another thought until it was time for "V" in our A to Z challenge.
"V" . . the first thought i had was Vellum - I only knew it was strong and smooth - SO I looked it up and was appalled.
I KNEW ancient manuscripts were hand copied on animal skin - BUT, please don't tell me I'd encouraged anyone to continue that practice - by purchasing a notebook (cheaply, i might add.)
Fortunately the online information went on to explain that practice with very rare (and Holy exceptions) has gone away and has been replaced by linen - and paper - with qualities of vellum . . My heart was saved - and NOW I know (and respect) one of my art supplies.