Privacy Policy/ Disclosures/ Terms Of Use

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Your Privacy & Security Is Important to Me!

Step By Step Painting which is located at https://stepbysteppainting.net (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).

The purpose of this privacy policy is to inform you of what information we may collect and how it may be used.  This statement applies to this Website.

Voluntary Collection Of Information: 

Although completely optional, I may collect information from you such as your name and email address. This information is collected in order to subscribe you to my monthly newsletter. This information is stored by me via my in a third party mailing list platform called “MailChimp”. The information that is stored with Mail Chimp is not sold or shared with anyone and it is kept strictly private. Information on how to opt out of my subscription emails is located at the bottom of any of the emails that I send to you. If you are unable to locate the “unsubscribe”, please contact me and I can manually unsubscribe you.  Mailchimp’s Privacy Policy can be found here. 

Automatically-Collected Information:

We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked. Please note that although an IP address is recorded, there is no name or other personal information attached to that address. We look at this information as a whole and use it as data to better optimize the user experience of this website.

Google Analytics:

This service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

Cookies:

We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website. For information about how to clear your cookies, click here. 

The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customize Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.

HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED

We may use the information collected in the following ways:

  • To operate and maintain the Website
  • To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • To provide you with user support;
  • To track and measure advertising on the Website;
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

Social Media:

We link to third-party Social Media or Search Engine sites such as Pinterest, Facebook, Youtube, Etsy, Instagram and Twitter. These third-party sites have separate privacy policies that are independent from this website. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our website and we monitor activity as much as possible and welcome feedback from our users regarding experiences with third party sites linked from this website.

Any interaction on Social Media that may include personal information such as name, location, etc.  is not directly stored by this website. For example: if you comment on a link, like a page, follow my profile, etc., I do not store any information regarding your name, profile or interaction. The Social Media sites have their own privacy policies and store that information in their platform.

If you have questions or concerns about your experience on a third party site linked from this site, please contact me.

Children and COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act):  

This website is intended for adults. If your child is doing art from this website, adult supervision is required. I do have art tutorials that are “kid level” but it is required that an adult supervise and teach the child to do the art. I recommend that you print the painting tutorial to avoid distraction from the ads used on this site, especially when working with your child. If you have any concerns or questions about the safety of your child learning art by using this site, please contact me. 

Sharing your child’s art is not required or requested. However, you are welcome to share with me via email or on our Facebook page when we do sharing art posts. Please do not disclose any personal information about your child like name, location, etc. I  do not recommend sharing your child’s art on Pinterest pins “upload photo” section as those are not monitored by me. If you have any concerns or questions about this, please contact me. 

If your child subscribed to my newsletter, please unsubscribe him or her or contact me.

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 18 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do NOT collect information from children under 18. If you feel I may have collected information from your child such as a name and email address or something else please contact me immediately so that I can have that information removed. 

Sensitive Information: 

Although it is never requested, at no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships.

Newsletters: 

On the Website, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used to advertise all my new content and any special announcements. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.

Affiliate Program Participation

The Website engages in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.

Step By Step Painting is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to Amazon.com.

As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.

ADVERTISING

Display Ads:

We use a third-party advertising company called Mediavine to serve advertisements when you visit the Website. Ads appearing on this site may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile non personal identification information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This privacy policy does not cover the use of cookies by any specific advertisers.

YOUR RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. Those links are always at the bottom of every email sent by this website. You may also notify us at tracieannekiernan@gmail.com to be removed from our mailing list.

Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to tracieannekiernan@gmail.com.

Amend – You may contact us at tracieannekiernan@gmail.com to amend or update your personal information.

Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to tracieannekiernan@gmail.com.

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

 

 

Advertising And Affiliate Disclosures

 

Amazon Affiliate

“Tracie Kiernan of Step By Step Painting” is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for publishers to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

Step By Step Painting contains Affiliate links to Amazon.com.  If you end up purchasing items from these links then I receive a small commission. This comes at no extra cost to you.

Hobby Lobby Affiliate

If you click on any of the links that go to HobbyLobby.com and if you end up purchasing an item, I may get a small commission. This is at no extra cost to you.

Paid Advertising

Step By Step Painting accepts forms of cash advertising. Advertisements help pay for a bulk majority of this website and keep it free to all guests and fans. The advertisements you see on this website are from a third party ad management company called Mediavine.

Please refer to my privacy policy regarding information that is collected in order to serve ads and record interactions with affiliate links.

Promotional Paid Content

Currently I do not have any posts that are paid content but I do have a few that which I obtained free products from the brand. If I obtained a free product, I mention it in the post and give my honest opinion. The rest of my supplies are purchased out of pocket.

Terms Of Use/ Copyright

This Website Is For Personal Non-Commercial Use Only

I designed this website for personal use so the absolute beginner can learn to paint easy acrylic canvas paintings at home. The tutorials and art on this website are free but not royalty free. 

Teaching in a Profitable Class (Sip & Paints, Paint Studios, Mobile Paint Party, Etc.)

Using these paintings for a profitable paint party business would require a license agreement. At this time I am not creating any new agreements. This may be a formal program in the future but for now the paintings are for personal, non-profit and educational use only.

Can I Sell A Painting?

Selling a painting is fine! As long as you’re not “mass producing” the painting or putting it on mugs or t-shirts or billboards for sale, you are welcome to sell your finished product. (If you’re putting it on mugs and t-shirts as a gift that’s fine). If you’re selling on Etsy or any other online marketplace, an attribution is requested.

Can I give the painting as a gift?

Yes of course!

Use For Educational Purposes & Non-Profit

YES! You are welcome to use my tutorials and artwork if you are a non-profit teacher such as K-12 teacher, community, home school, therapy, volunteer, etc. If any funds are generated, they must go back to the non-profit organization at which you are using my tutorial and/or art for.

Can I put your exact photo on my website?

Please DO NOT use my exact photo (as in copying my photo from my website to yours) even for non-profit or educational use. If you’re a blogger and want to reference my work in a “round up” post, that is fine, as long as you provide a “link back”. No link back will put you at risk for getting a (DMCA) Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice.

What about a fundraiser?

Typically I’m okay with this if it’s a non-profit, community, school, church, or anything for a good cause. If you’re still unsure, please contact me anyway. Remember not to use my exact photo unless you link it back to my website.

Contact

You can contact me on this page.