I swear to God Mike, you have been hiding in my garage watching me work. Yes the ink does eventually go away. I sometimes cut notches in my stir stick like at 4-5-6 inches for a 4-1-1 mix. Just fill the can to the correct notch with each material and stir. I am really thankful that someone understands my emotional needs. I think frugal is the correct word for my condition but it is not the one most people use.