I must've changed this project 4 times before finally settling on this as the final project. Initially I wanted the project to be a tissue paper collage with a black foam printed cat/dog drawing over it but upon realizing I didn't have any black printing ink (and not wanting to use tempera), I then decided to have the kids print in a color. I tried it out first, thankfully, didn't like the fact that there was no contrast between the background and the print, and then changed the project again.
I decided to go with bubble wrap over the tissue paper to give the kids some type of exposure to the printing process and then gave them 6x9" paper to practice drawing cats or dogs in the style of Laurel Burch. After a session or two of practice drawings, I was so impressed at how cute they were coming out I had the kids use them as their final pictures. The drawings were then cut and glued onto the background and voila the project was complete. The overall size is 9x12", which is a little smaller than I usually have the kids work, but the results came out cute nonetheless.