John Winchester’s Journal
This is actually an unfinished prop, but seeing as how much work has already gone into it, I figured I should finally take some pictures and put them up. Apologies for the light in the pictures, I will take better shots once it is fully copied and complete!
The process of making John’s journal was harder than I anticipated. The main thing I didn’t notice at first was that the outer leather of the journal, in the show, is not dark brown, but a lighter color. I quite literally couldn’t find that, so I settled for a brown outer shell. I may change this out once I’ve completed the journal entries inside to try to get it to more canon.
I couldn’t find a journal with 3 rings at the right size either, so I ended up buying a cooking recipe binder that was the same size. I ripped the rings out of that and stuck them on the leather of the journal. I then cut the front flap (where the original journal went in) so it matched the flap of the real prop.
I managed to get all of the medals from an army supply store, but the red button seems to be a different design. I’m not sure if the medal design changed or the list of John’s medals was wrong, but I never found one that actually looked like the one in the show.
I bought two sets of blank planner pages from the store to match the type of pages they have on the show. The pages used in the real prop have dates from 1983, but I didn’t want to get pages with dates, and I’ve also noticed that a lot of the pages in the real prop (from what I’ve seen in screen caps) are just photocopies of one particular page, with the same set paragraph, with drawings atop it.
I started copying to those planner pages from the actual print version of the journal. I copied the ALL CAPS style John writes in the real prop, and I also used both ball and ink pens, blue and black, to make it seem like John was using whatever pen was in the hotel room he happened to be staying in at that point in time.
Another cool thing I picked up about some of the pages in the printed version were that they were word for word what was in the prop in the show. Specifically the Wendigo pages and the Reaper pages. Unfortunately, the Vetala page had nothing that was similar. The Asylum clipping and slasher painting pages never show up in the printed version.
If there seemed to be pages from books stuck into the journal, I typed them up in a word processor, changed the margins, then printed them out on off-white paper. I also managed to find a few scrapbook type books at the store that had dated/aged letters from WWII and used those to stick into the journal as well. In the show it seems John has taken pages from libraries and such, and then stuck them into his journal to keep, so I wanted it to look similar with the pages sticking out. I also scanned some of the little images in the official book version, then printed them out to stick in the prop.
The spots/pages I tried to copy word for word, or at least match up with the ones shown in the show are:
- The placement of John’s medals and the Family photo (missing the lower photo as of yet)
- The Vetala page
- The two ‘torn out’ pages from when John met Adam Milligan’s mother
- The two Reapers pages
- The two Wendigo pages
- The page and newspaper clipping from the Asylum episode
- The page from S1E19 Provenance, in which people are killed after buying a painting. The list from that page is copied from someone who managed to get the original.
- Dean 35-111 (from the Pilot episode)
I am roughly 140 pages in and still have 70 pages to copy down. It’ll be done sooner or later, but what I really want to do is find an outer leather shell that matches the real prop better, and somehow manage to get the HW initials on the inner front flap.
If you have any questions on how I made the journal, don’t hesitate to ask, I don’t mind telling you if you also plan to make one. It’s a painfully slow process and yeah. Good luck if you follow in my footsteps!