Once their paintings were complete, I showed them how to create a simple, abstract line drawing on a 6" square piece of paper. Their only instructions were to use their space in an interesting way (i.e.; not leaving one side of the square blank and not making too small of shapes), and to not draw too much detail, as this would be difficult for them to cover exactly with yarn. After they made drawings that were satisfactory to them, they transferred them onto a 6" square piece of foam core. Using glue to trace over the lines and yarn to lay down on top of their glue, they created their string printing plate cards.
During the next art class, after their papers and plates had plenty of time to dry, the students were ready to create their prints. The idea was to make multiple prints on their 9" x 12" paper. They chose either white or black ink to make their print with, rolled onto their plate with their brayers, then placed them first in the corner of their papers, rubbed them well, and made their first print. The following prints just lined up on the paper one right after the other until the entire surface was covered.
The students enjoyed the printmaking process very much and have asked me when they can make more prints. Ahhh, there are always too many things to create and too little time!