Lunar New Year is right around the corner, and many people like to decorate their homes with paper cut designs. Not sure how to start? Our reporter Stephany Yang sat down with Taiwanese paper cut artist Lo Ching-chih to get some tips.

Paper-cut artist Lo Ching-chih demonstrates a tiger paper cut. He starts by folding the paper according to the lines on the template. He gives tips on folding and cutting.

Lo Ching-chih

Paper-cut artist

Fold all the lines first. You usually fold while cutting, but the problem is, if you do that, the scissors have to be put down and picked up. This cutting method is called half-fold cutting, and there are many ways to cut paper. This method will reduce your time in half, but usually this method requires sufficient proficiency in paper cutting.

The artist recommends cutting using the tip of the scissors and cutting the horizontal folds first.

Lo Ching-chih

Paper-cut artist

This pointed part is actually cut like this. They are not cut around. Cut the horizontal lines first. When cutting the arc, move the paper. Rotate the paper and do not rotate the scissors.

These paper-cut templates were designed by Lo and his team. Lo has been a senior art editor for a magazine for almost 30 years. He''s been paper-cutting for over 20 years.

Lo Ching-chih

Paper-cut artist

I''ve done paper-cutting for about 20 years. At first, I started paper-cutting because I liked it, so I cut some paper and decorated my house with it. Of course, just cutting one piece of paper at a time is a waste of energy, so I will cut four to eight pieces each time.

With the Lunar New Year approaching, people are beginning to decorate their houses with paper-cut tigers or the word "tiger" and "blessing" to welcome the Year of the Tiger.